Savoy 1 in its glory days (top) and how it looks now (above)

Last night.

Savoy Cinema 1, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Mmf.

Previously: Savoy Scuffle

Thanks John Mcd

42 thoughts on “The End

  1. Martco

    fond memories of that place as a child…

    Towering Inferno was my1st far as I recall…Jaws, Star Wars, Bond…
    queueing, captain quench ice pops, tayto n club orange in a bottle with straw…merch all lined up & ready for me in the foyer afterwards to tempt me and prob annoy the da

    sad to see but also understandable I guess

  2. Dinger

    Myself and friends got chased out by security in 1999 for drinking naggins (aged 14) during the movie – possibly an Austin Powers movie
    Good times

  3. postmanpat

    The last movie I saw was there was Star Wars The Last Jedi. Rubbish movie and pixilated digital projection. I could have had as least as much of a bad time watching a cam torrent rip on my phone and saved €12.50 a ticket. (sorry NYSE:DIS stock owners in the mainstream media ,you’re not fooling anyone with your shilling of nu-starwars)

      1. postmanpat

        I saw it on Screen 1 on 22th December. so it was still open. Some bored kids let air out of a big balloon and it went flying around in front of the screen making a farting noise during the silent bit (the hyperspace ship ramming scene). It was timed just right, quite funny, best part of the movie. got lots of laughs. A nice distraction from the lousy movie at least!

  4. Diddy

    Symbolic. This is a direct result of the internet and illegal downloading. The paywalls which separated those who owned the information and those who are willing to pay for that information are falling like dominoes

    1. ReproBertie

      You don’t think the multiscreen cinemas in Charlestown, Santry, Coolock, the Point, and Parnell St could have had an impact on attendances?

      The Savoy is not closed. They just don’t feel they are getting a decent return from the size of screen one’s auditorium.

    2. Gavin Stokes

      More to to do with cant complete with multiplexes, they all face the problem of illegal downloads. Ill tough statement really

  5. :-Joe

    Pffff….. Lazy, incompetant and greedy mis-managment by IMC and the usual neglect of the Arts from the state.

    :-J

      1. :-Joe

        Try to preserve screen one as being historically significant to the history of the Arts in Ireland because there’s nothing else in Ireland like it that’s left and it’s a great venue for screenings at festivals and premieres.

        IMC are a bunch of clowns trying to screw their own employees half the time and they don’t seem to know how to schedule a programme for a cinema properly.. Unless you think cinema is endless infantalizing badly executed nonsense re-hashing of old american comic book stories from the 1950’s.

        The Arts should have done something years ago but I suppose someone else could always restore it in the future in a modern way. Multiplexes need a steady flow of product but any good cinemas needs decent programming/scheduling to make it work.

        Another bottom-line dollar race to the lowest common denominator….

        :-J

        1. barelylegal

          Effectively what you appear to propose is that the State should forcibly acquire private property for the purpose of maintaining some Arts heritage. I suppose the idea has some merit but there seems more deserving things to spend money on I must admit.

      2. :-Joe

        Try to preserve screen one as being historically significant to the history of cinema in Ireland because there’s nothing else in Ireland like it that’s left and it’s a great venue for screenings at festivals and premieres. The same thing happened with other cinemas like the Ambassador and the carlton, the screen, the Apollo but they were not seen as important as screen one.

        IMC are a bunch of clowns trying to screw their own employees out of a few euro half the time and they don’t seem to know how to schedule a programme in a cinema properly.. Unless you think good cinema programming is endless infantalizing badly executed nonsense re-hashing of old american comic book stories from the 1950’s or another f-ing star wars advert for plastic junk toys.

        The Arts should have done something years ago but I suppose someone else could always restore it in the future or do something different in a modern way when people finally get bored of batman and superman.

        . Multiplexes need a steady flow of product but any good cinema just needs decent programming/scheduling to make it work but that takes a little effort and a little more imagination than the combined intellect of IMC

        It’s another bottom-line let’s make an easy one dollar race to the lowest common denominator….

        :-J

    1. postmanpat

      Committee mandated Disney movies about spaceships and superhero’s, although fun for the most part, aren’t art. Its no loss really. Go watch an older film projected movie in the lighthouse for some art. The big Screen One picture in the Savoy was horrible compared to, say The Shining in the Lighthouse.

      1. :-Joe

        The lighthouse and the IFC are great but they show all the good commercial films and they’re the only place for anything different like some other cinemas and even some screens in multiplexes sometimes around the country. The savoy needed to run something different to get the audiences interested again but they didn’t even try anything and just let it deteriorate.

        If it was run by anyone without the philosophy of a wallmart or a mcdonalds they should have kept screen one and updated the tech and then programmed it better as a proper night out like a premiere on a saturday night.

        It may have sucked like wet fart from a ballon recently for you at “plastic toy advert” but with a good film and a packed house it was a great screen to go to plenty of times.

        I’ve seen plenty of terrible films in the lighthouse….. but too few to mention in fairness.

        Nothing beat a full house and a four or more star film in screen one though, especially if it was going to be hit or a cult classic.

        :-J

  6. Harry Molloy

    Can’t beat a night in rathmines days the cinema at the moment. Apart from the obvious luxurious evening in the Stella, the one in the Swan centre has the roomiest and most comfortable seats in Dublin. And there’s a new Donnybrook Fair with a massive food court for a bit of tucker beforehand. It’s a good night out, the potential for a romantic evening and a shift on the canal.

      1. Harry Molloy

        is it? I get the two mixed up all the time. it’s fair good anyways and I think you deserve a glass of wine and a nice cheese board

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I’m a cheese kn*cker. To be honest, my favourite is Laughing Cow. I hate blue cheese. I hate goat’s cheese. I’m fond of a good cheddar, and have been known to enjoy a Delice de Bourgogne, but mostly I’m not bovvered.

          1. barelylegal

            Goats cheese is fine but it wouldn’t be my own favourite.

            Try ‘Brie de Meaux’ next time Harry is trying to get the shift off you in Fallon and Byrne

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            They’re fairly elitist too. I remember a homeless guy gave out to me when I gave him a slice of pizza from Steps of Rome because it was cold.
            I haven’t had pizza from there in ages. YUM.

    1. Dinger

      Booked 3 billboards in de Stella next week and I can’t wait. I’ll make sure to get a few cubes of laughing cow. Also, walked by some nice looking wine bar in rathmines last night-next to abner browns. Anyone know anything about it?

        1. Dinger

          The wine bar or the movie? Disappointing wine bar I can handle, I refuse to believe I’ll be disappointed by the movie

      1. :-Joe

        It’s very, very good.. although I was a little higher in my chair than usual.. ahem.. about twentty mins in towards the second half so looking forward to seeing it again without being higher up to be certain it wasn’t my imagination filling in the gaps…. due to the altitude difference.

        I’m not a huge fan of his earlier films, always found each of them a bit hit and miss, over rated and not quite completely convincing but this one grabs you early on and tells a good story… If you like the best of the Cohen brothers work you won’t be having a bad time. It’s very well written, directed etc. etc. -Trying not to spoil anything…

        :-J.

    2. Martco

      I like the setup down at the point

      Plus that walk thru the very cavernous shopping plaza empty shell to get to it is quite a healthy reminder about what a bust looks like for those newbies or delusional sorts about to get carried away with ze recovery

  7. Andrew

    I went to see the directors cut of Laurence of Arabia there, extraordinary.
    I went to see a lot of films there over the years but mostly went to the Screen which is now gone.
    The only cinemas I can tolerate going to now (in Dublin), are the Lighthouse or IFI. People tend to behave themselves there, for the most part.

  8. Optimus Grime

    This makes me so sad…I was hoping it would stay open another couple of months so I could take my daughter to see it.

  9. Mourinho

    Cinema takings are up in Ireland this year.

    Ireland has among the highest visits to cinema per capita in the world.

    Blame management for this going bust.

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