Olympia Theatre Reopens in 1964

On this day in 1964, the Olympia Theatre on Dublin's Dame Street reopened. The theatre had closed its doors in February of that year after being bought by a London syndicate who had plans to convert the theatre to a ballroom. However, permission for the conversion was refused and plans were quashed.

On the 2nd of August 1964, the Olympia Theatre reopened its doors with a stage production titled 'Holiday Hayride 1964' starring Jack Cruise. Jack, along with Lorcan Bourke, Richard Hallinan and founder of The Dublin Theatre Festival, Brendan Smith, took over the theatre from the syndicate on a six month lease.

This short clip from RTÉ News shows the opening night of 'Holiday Hayride 1964'. Broadcaster Eamonn Andrews can be spotted in the lobby of the theatre on the opening night.

Jack CruiseActor Jack Cruise © RTÉ Archives 0977/089

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