It is very rare that a book comes along that one believes will become the definitive publication on that subject for years to come. 'A to Z of All Old Dublin Cinemas' is that book.
George Kearns and Patrick Maguire have put together a superb 570 page self-published book that is a treasure trove of memories, not just of cinema, but of Dublin's history over the last 100 years. The authors spent painstakingly months researching their book in libraries around the city and have come up with a remarkable, fascinating and very entertaining read.
The background to the bigger, well-known city centre picture houses of recent times such as the Adelphi, Carlton and Ambassador are religiously detailed along with long-forgotten venues like the Metropole, the Pillar and the Corinthian.
In the good old days, it seemed that many Dublin cinemas regularly changed ownership and names as often as they changed the selection of films on show and the authors have tried their best to join up the dots and tell the story of many cinemas despite this stumbling block. The Inchicore Cinema was known to several generation as 'The Core' but subsequently changed its name to the Europa and then the Pullman Studios.
Other suburban cinemas like the Stella and the Princess in Rathmines, the Kenilworth (later the Classic) in Harold's Cross along with the Sundrive and the original Classic in Terenure are also featured.
The book tells the tale of the church that became a cinema, the cinema that became a church and the cinema that never showed a film.
Reading the 'A to Z of All Old Dublin Cinemas' will transport you back in time to a bygone age never to be repeated. Having read it, you will never again walk the streets of Dublin without noting which convenience store, or fast food restaurant, used to be a cinema where people came from all over Dublin to mix together and be entertained. Magic.