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The Old Cinema,
Chatsworth Street,
Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,

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Lot 545/0237

Estimate: €150-200

Second Coming of The Theatre Royal Dublin

Theatre Royal, Dublin. Souvenir Programme of the Gala Opening of the Theatre Royal, Dublin on September 23rd 1935, 4to D. (Ormond Printing) 1935. Sole Edn., 34pp. with illus., adverts etc., orig. pict. ptd. wrappers. Good & Scarce. (1)

* The Second Grand Opening of The Theatre Royal. The first Theatre was built on the same site but was burned down in 1880. It was replaced by The Leinster Hall built in 1886, and subsequently the Theatre Royal Hippodrome, demolished in 1934.
The new or Second Theatre Royal was opened to great fanfare on September 23rd, 1935, by Sean Lemass, supported by Dublin’s great Lord Mayor, the Rt. Hon. Alfie Byrne, T.D., with Count John Mc Cormack as guest.
The Theatre Royal with its 3850 seats was the biggest Theatre in Ireland, and one of the largest in Europe.
However after only 27 years, and having hosted most of Ireland’s greatest stars & personalities, and some of the world’s greatest entertainers, the Theatre Royal closed its doors for the last time in July 1962. (1)

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