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We miss our local cinemas..
Just watched the interview with Graham Spurling which brought back some memories about the Ormonde.
My Father, Edward Somers worked as a plasterer during its construction in 1947. I would have been six and I recall going into the building and upstairs watched him ‘floating’ the tiered steps. Smooth work!
Also on one occasion after watching him I went with Andy Canna to the dump up the North Beach area to do some rummaging. Our mothers did not know where we were resulting in people out searching for us. I don’t know if we were found or just made our own way home, but I do remember the scolding I received.
I attended many, many movies there over the years, and especially the first Superman/comic book hero movie ever made, back in 1951. Superman and the Mole Men, 58 minutes, black and white.
I don’t recall Graham Spurling, or if his father was a builder named John?
Graham said he played soccer for Greystones and he was probably the only Protestant to do so. Not so. I did too on a couple of occasions. Not always to the delight of my father when playing on Sunday.
My favourite cinema, nearly 30 years ago, sitting in the back row with Caroline, a fantastic adventure, a fabulous romance, the story too short, the ending too soon, a final curtain call on a cherished chapter 🙂
I was over from England for a fortnights holiday with a group from my secondary school in 1964, I remember, as if it was yesterday, going to the Ormonde to see the Bond film ‘From Russia with love’ and the following week ‘ Billy Liar’. Great times.
Is there actually something happening with this Cinema?
Who owns it ?
Are they selling it or leasing it or wha?
Im interested for a number of reasons.
THanks a mill
It would cost a ferocious amount of money, we’re told, to get the cinema back up and running. And given that you’d need to make it free, with free treats, and a lift there and home, to get most Greystonians out of their homes after 6pm, it’s not altogether a given that you’d ever make that money back.
People have lost the will to go out at night around here, and it’s going to take something special to motivate them once again. Something special like the soon-to-be-unleashed new theatre, which will also be hosting special film nights…
That said, if you have a million going spare, you should look into bringing the Ormonde back from the dead…
Bring the cinema back!! We need it we’d all go all the time!!
From LESLEY CREGG…
Saturday morning cinema club!! Had to sneak our sweets in.
From HEATHER PLACE…
I think Summer Holiday 1963 was the first film I may have seen there oh the memories !
From COLLEEN ANDERSON…
The matron of the children’s home out of which I emerged ( and kept getting dragged back to) called it a den of iniquity and full of sinners. Thoughts anyone?
From the man they call BAZALICIOUS DUNNE…
Careful now… my uncle Peter took me here to see Batman when I think I was 9. I live in Galway now but constantly tell everyone I was brought up 50 feet from the father Ted cinema.. in 4 arch villas
From BARBARA O’CONNOR DALY…
My memory of the Ormonde cinema was when I was in St Davids they brought us to Grease when it came out first what a great movie
From the young HOGAN lad…
Used to sneak up the Fire escape when I was too young to see the movie that would have been shown (Butcher Boy and Angelas Ashes to name a couple).. Once the movie started I would sneak on up and under the projector window down to whatever vacant seats were there! whoever did the reels used to leave it ajar for smoke breaks!
From RODERICK CARLYLE…
I remember a family visit to the cinema in 1966, it is part of TV history as the entrance was used in Father Ted, it would be great if it reopened,
From WILLIE O’HAGAN…
What a spot as a kid growing up in the stones, especially liked the double seats
From PAUL ROCHE…
That’s where I lost my virginity ….. not sure I should name the first one here but anyway ….. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
I was there a few times in the mid ’90 before it close down. It’s more like a sitting room than I cinema. I think my child’s first time at the movies was possibly there.
I could have been there to see Lady and the Tramp off that programme! Darby O’Gill and the Little People’s banshee frightened the shit out o me!!
My very 1st movie was Benji the dog and it was the debut movie don’t remember the year in the 70s years of enjoyment followed
Aoife Dunne: hey, sinead kelly – spongebob square pants and the candy floss in the plastic tub
Sinead Kelly: Ideal Friday night!
Paul, this is fantastic news… Everyone is delighted…. it’s exactly what we need and will love!
Can we show the movie THE HOLIDAY over CHRISTMAS!!!
Magaret Fitzsimons: My mother worked there selling icecream and fags – met my father there and that’s where the magic began!
Margaret Cahill… Mr Salmon we were always in trouble with him and Danny Hatton the Sunday Matinee
Sharon Pickering: Seeing my very first cinema film in 1979 to see Grease, going into Flynns to buy my fizzle sticks ! and hiding bringing them into the cinema, the most stunning and Glamorous Mrs Spurling ! and when they introduced the Double seats at the back!!! – Going to Nightmare on Elm street when I was 15 and having to sleep in my parents bed as I was so so scared !! great memories!
Joanne Perse: My first cinema date was with my brother Chris Corcoran we saw back t d future