Before

After

Last night.

Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Jim O’Callaghan writes:

A peep at the New Stella [cinema]…

Classic kitsch signage replaced by garish retro art deco?

That’s progress/FIGHT!

Stellar future for landmark Dublin cinema as revamped Stella returns (Jennifer O’Brien, The Times Ireland edition)

27 thoughts on “Stella!

  1. Frilly Keane

    I’ve been following them on twitter

    fight all ye like

    I’m delighted ta’see the place being renovated
    and some of the pics they’re posting are gorgeous

  2. Just Sayin

    Article says “The Stella’s capacity, which was 1,283 when it originally opened, has been cut to 217 but now includes couches and beds”

    Takes ‘back row fun’ to a new level

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      I was fascinated when I saw the pictures of the balcony. I never remembered a balcony during the sticky floored, wonky seats, greaseproof type toilet paper halcyon days of the early 90s!

      1. Pip

        I think the balcony was converted to screen two around 1980, give or take.
        May have fallen out of use later on.

      2. rotide

        I’ll never forget that floor and how the walls were so damp, they were basically dripping moisture onto the side of the seats.

        Still loved the place, glad to see it back

  3. ReproBertie

    On the subject of cinemas, Savoy 1 is closing next month and won’t be there for the new Star Wars in December.

    Due to a long story involving the VHS/Betamax conflict Star Wars was a big part of growing up in my house and when Force Awakens came out I went along to Savoy 1 with my Dad and brothers on opening day. We did the same for Rogue One but now are stuck for the Last Jedi.

    Any suggestions as to what other cinema in Dublin can offer the same experience as Savoy 1?

    1. Sheila

      Odeon down near the Point is where we have booked our tickets for.
      The clientele here seem to be much more code compliant (Hello to Jason Isaacs), compare to our nearest Omniplex and World of Cine.

  4. Custo

    Garish? It looks pretty cool to me, a lot better than that godawful 80s concrete breeze block crap it replaced.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I would never class Art Deco as garish. Stylish, I’d say. I’d love an Art Deco gaff.

  5. kellma

    The Stella was a dump. But I’m delighted to see it open again in a less dumpy fashion. I’ll be bringing my two girls there to show them where mammy used to go to the cinema when she was a young wan. Except for this time, we won’t be able to bring our burdocks in with us….

  6. Henry

    “The Stella’s capacity, which was 1,283 when it originally opened, has been cut to 217 but now includes couches and beds” (from the Irish Times arctilce linked above)

    Beds?

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