Green Cinema

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Green Cinema
Stephen's Green Cinema
Address 127 St. Stephen's Green
Owner St. Stephen's Green Company
Type Cinema
Capacity 1,500
Current use Demolished
Opened 18 December 1935 (1935-12-18)
Closed 1987 (1987)
Architect Jones and Kelly

The Green Cinema was a film theatre that operated for over half a century in Dublin, Ireland until its closure in 1987.

Originally known as the Stephen's Green Cinema, it was located on the west side of St Stephen's Green. It opened on Wednesday, 18 December 1935 in an official ceremony performed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alfie Byrne.[1] The Green was designed by architects Jones and Kelly and had a seating capacity of 1,500.[2] Some seats were equipped with a Fortephone apparatus which enabled patrons suffering from deafness to hear the soundtrack.[3] The first film to be screened at the Green was Paris Love Song, starring Mary Ellis and Tullio Carminati.[1]

In October 1987, the Green Cinema was purchased by the Dublin hotelier, PV Doyle, for £1.5m.[4] The cinema was demolished shortly afterwards and the site remained derelict until 2002, when work began on the construction of a new office block. In 2005, the new building was leased by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) as their Irish headquarters.[5]


  1. ^ a b The Irish Times, "Dublin's new cinema", 19 December 1935
  2. ^ The Irish Times, 18 December 1935, p. 4
  3. ^ The Irish Times, "Dublin's new cinema", 13 December 1935
  4. ^ Irish Independent, "PV buys out Green Cinema for £1½", 24 October, 1987
  5. ^ The Irish Times, "Scots haven't skimped on Stephen's Green HQ", 31 March, 2005