Continuing our celebrations but down at ground level, we have a new treat for you today. Dublin Corporation Photographic Collection may not show as much as Monkey Morgan's collection, but it gives a more intimate view of things. The Savoy Cinema and restaurants on O'Connell Street with their display boards and two minis passing by, is the main subject of this photograph – our first from the collection.
+++ UPDATE +++
Newspapers were our friends for dating this photograph, as the fillums in Savoy 1 and 2 (aka the Savoy Twins
) ran between 19 November and 23 December 1971. And from rummaging in other photos in this newly unleashed collection, Sharon Corbet soundly suggested the week of 3-10 December
as being most likely. Evening Mary is happy to go along with that. Newspapers also gave us the name of the architects behind the Savoy Twins and other Dublin cinemas – Messrs. Henry J. Lyons of Dublin (thanks John Spooner!
). Suck Diesel reminisced about the number of cinemas in the centre of Dublin in the 1970s, and just how long you had to wait for first-run fillums to reach suburban cinemas
. And our Canadian Correspondent, oaktree_brian_1976, pointed out that while The Last Valley
might have been popular in Dublin and elsewhere, overall it lost over $7,185,000.
Original Researcher: Valerie Houlden
Collection: Dublin Corporation Photographic Collection
Between 19 November-23 December 1971, but 3-10 December is most likely
NLI Ref: NPA DCC 136
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons