Capitol Cinema, gone

The Capitol Cinema in Cork closed it’s door to audiences yesterday. Ryan has photos from last night too.
According to what he read in the Examiner, the building will now be used for apartments and retail purposes. I can’t complain, this particular cinema has been in a bad state of repair for a long time although it had ye olde style theatres. I remember seeing Gattaca in screen 3 several years ago and it was in a tiny room with vertical patterned wallpaper.
The main theatre was much larger but other cinemas around Cork attracted the audiences.


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4 Comments

  1. Michele Reply

    I’ve a lot of fond memories of seeing films there. It’s a bit of the city’s history that is now gone forever. All the cinemas I grew up with have now been shutdown.

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  2. Michael Reply

    Granted It was in need of a major facelift.
    But the Capitol had something the gate or mahon cinema’s do not have and that is character.
    Thousands of people have very fond memories of the place including myself. In recent years with
    Patrick O Brian as General Manager the atmosphere in there was great. Patrick was very kind to certain charities, disabled folk, simon community etc around Cork. The long term staff such as the Projectionists that worked there etc… there was a homely feeling about the place dispite it’s condition.
    The reason being for it’s poor upgrades were simpliy because the companies many was being pumped into other cinema’s such as the new mahon point omniplex.

    I will Miss the Capitol and the people that belonged to it.

  3. Patrick Reply

    its such a sad site to see such a piece of history gone. i wonder who bought it??

  4. mick o sullivan Reply

    mick o sullivan 70s and 80s show cuh 102fm cork, sunday’s 2—4 pm, keeping cork cinema memories alive with cinema listings flashback from the 70s and the 80s, reminding you of the palace, the pavilion, the lee, the classic, the cameo, the capital and mini capital, and capital cineplex

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