Screen None



Pennywise writes:

I was speaking to staff at the Savoy cinema [O’onnell Street, Dublin 1] yesterday and was shocked to hear some of them are being made redundant, in favour of turnstiles and ticket scanners. First the Screen cinema goes under, now the Savoy appears to be floundering in this era of economic recovery. This turn of events comes completely out of the blue as the staff from the Screen were relocated to the Savoy barely three months previous. They seems amazed at the suggestion the cinema is over staffed.

(Pic: Lord Fiddlebottom)

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20 thoughts on “Screen None

  1. Eamonn Clancy

    Unfortunately we’re gonna see more and more of this. You can check in with your phone and watch at the airport already.

    1. Chucky R. Law

      I was on an omnibus lately and there was no sign of the conductor. He must’ve been on a smoke break.

  2. Johnny Unitus

    In my opinion, this does not mean less jobs overall. For example, more software developers and technicians will be employed in the manufacture and design of such scanners etc. I do feel for the staff all the same.

  3. Christopher

    Welcome to the next phase of the economy- so much more of these kind of jobs are going to be automated.

    1. Rob_G

      I remember reading somewhere in relation to the proposed increase to the federal minimum wage increase in the States that it would lead to increased automation in places like McDonalds – maybe they were right : /

      – do they have the touch-screen ordering yokes in Ireland yet? Every McDonalds in Belgium and France have them already

  4. Vote Rep #1

    Tbf, its hardly that surprising. There has been rumours of the Savoy being in trouble for quite a long time now.

  5. arghonaut

    First they came for the factory worker, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a factory worker.

    Then they came for the cashiers, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a cashier.

    Then they came for the engineers, drivers/pilots, builders, surgeons, and technicians, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was none of these.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  6. Eoin

    The only blockbusters out there are either reboots or super hero crap. And tickets are 15 bucks. I’d go to the cinema a lot more if Hollywood wasn’t so lazy. I was told there is a derivatives market for Hollywood movies. You can make money from cinematic flops in the hocus pocus world of high finance now. Bums on seats are no longer absolutely relevant, believe it or not. I had heard the future of Hollywood under this system would be sequels forever and reboots of relatively safe franchises. Exactly what we have got now. Similar to how corporations like Hewlett Packard are sacking thousands of staff to divert funds into buying their own stock to drive up it’s value. Stock buy backs. The fact you have a company with no staff seems to seems to be irrelevant. And personally, I’m boycotting all stores that have no human staff. Tescos are doing that now too.

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