The Ritz Cinema & Ballroom
- The Ritz Cinema 1989
- Source: The Nationalist "Carlow Changes"
Ritz Cinema to open.
Carlow's New Super Cinema.
Originally published in the Nationalist and Leinster Times, June, 1938.
Carlow's eagerly awaited new Cinema opens its doors on Saturday 18th June.
The interior appearance of the Cinema is in keeping with the exterior, itís
beautiful broad proportion tapers down to an imposing proscenium which is
fronted on either side by a gentle treatment. The decorative grills on
either side of the theatre draw the eye to the screen
grills a Plenum system of fresh tempered air is forced into the auditorium
and by virtue of its automatic control ensures perfect ventilation at all
The Foyer is
attractively designed, with a central pay box, and its right-had wall is
completely covered with a huge mirror which gives a light and airy effect as
a first impression.
The Balcony is
reached by an imposing stairway which enters into a luxurious balcony foyer.
It is interesting to note that the lighting of the foyer is affected without
electric fittings as the walls are designed to act as reflectors in
themselves. Through a short vomitory entrance one reaches the balcony which
has a pleasant and easy rake with excellent sight lines from any of the
The ground floor
is divided into Parterre and Pit, has a spacious feeling, there being
excellent height given under the Balcony. Special exits have been arranged
to clear the house without interference with those awaiting admission for
the next showing.
decorative treatment is simple, effect being given by warm and simple colour
The walls are
sprayed from pale rose brown lightening to cream towards ceiling all on a
Seating is the
last word in luxury and the carpets and fittings generally are in keeping
with the best theatres in the world. Every comfort has been provided and
patrons of the Ritz will find that they have in their own town entertainment
facilities which are unexcelled anywhere.
distinguished gathering will be present at the opening performance on the
night, proceeds of which are to be devoted to the Bishop Foley Memorial
Schools, and the opening ceremony is to be performed by the famous screen
and stage star, Miss Diana Wynyard, whose personal visit to Carlow will long
be remembered. Most of us remember her unforgettable performances in many of
the biggest films of their day, notably "Cavalcade". Altogether an event to
be looked forward to.
100 Men and a Girl
The Prisoner of Zenda
programme will be headed by "100 Men and a Girl", Dianna Durbin's latest
picture. For the end of the week another great super film will be shown "The
Prisoner of Zenda".
A feature of the
opening evening will be a Dress Parade by the famous firm of Brennan of
We welcome the
Ritz Cinema to Carlow and wish the management every success.
Leinster Time, June, 1940.
Carlow's New Cinema.
Cinema, an enterprise nearing completion in Tullow Street, will be
officially opened for entertainment on Saturday 18th June. It will be known
as "Ritz" the last word in super-cinema in the provinces.
those passing through Carlow have for months past observed the development
of this immense structure in the business centre of the town. They have
watched it grow from a steel girder skeleton to the embodiment of
architectural excellence which it characterises in every way.
has taken place on the site of the well-known Tynan's Hotel, an institution
famous for many years throughout the provinces; it is now superseded by the
Those who have
had the opportunity of visiting the Cinema during its construction will have
noted its spacious interior and the attention paid by the architect and the
contractor, by the decorators and the electricians to its artistic exterior
and interior aspect.
Money was freely
expended in ensuring that all its appointments would be first rate.
The capacity of
the theatre will be one thousand and almost all seats in the house are
feature of the Cinema will be the Buttery which is finished in red brick and
plaster design, and is situated in the basement of the Cinema. It will be
entered from an independent door. The underground bar is very well appointed
and will probably be a favourite rendezvous. It carries the licence of the
remaining feature of the old Hotel is the fine ballroom built several years
ago by My Deasy. It was always one of the biggest and most popular venues
for Balls and entertainments.
for the Cinema is Mr Michael Scott of Dublin., who is President of the
Institute of Architects of Ireland. He was appointed architect to the Irish
Section of the New York World Exposition of 1939.
for this new establishment are D. and J. Carbery and Sons of Athy and
Carlow. A considerable amount of Athy brick has been used in the
construction. The labour employed has been local.
As the Cinema is
specially constructed to be acoustically perfect for sound projection, it
should be one of the best in Ireland in this respect. The sound apparatus is
that of Western Electric.
There is a fine
foyer attached to the balcony which will be spacious enough for development
as a restaurant or tea room.
An innovation on
the opening night will be a Mannequin Parade of the Margaret Brennan
Mannequins, who will display the latest models in women's gowns and wearing
apparel. This will doubtless excite a certain amount of feminine interest.
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