Following the closure of the Capitol, the curtain falls on another Dublin entertainment venue, the Metropole on O'Connell Street.
Erected on the site of the Metropole Hotel which closed in 1916, the Metropole entertainment venue has been a Dublin city centre landmark for 50 years. The five story building on O’Connell Street is home to a restaurant, ballroom, cinema and two bars. Over the years the venue played a pivotal role in the Dublin dating scene,
How many thousands of people have said, see you at the Met at eight?
Two days after the closure of the Capitol on Prince’s Street North, the curtain is coming down on the Metropole for the final time. Both buildings are to be demolished to make way for the construction of a British Home Stores department store. It is regrettable the Capitol, once La Scala Opera House, could not have been preserved and refurbished as a national concert hall.
Now the Capitol is dead and the Metropole is dying in the night.
It is a sad chapter in the history of theatres and cinemas in Dublin. The 120 Metropole staff are being made redundant and longstanding patrons will have to find a whole new social scene. The Metropole name will live on however, as the New Metropole cinema will open at Hawkins Street on 16 March 1972.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 March 1972. The reporter is John Ross.