Brian Leyden looks at the final night of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim, which closed in 2004 after providing entertainment for over 70 years. A reflection on the power and romance of film in rural Ireland and its influence on society from the 1930's to the early 2000's. (2004)
The Gaiety Cinema was located at the centre of the town of Carrick on Shannon at the intersection of Bridge street and Main street.
The Gaiety was one of the many attractions of the town of Carrick. It has been in the hands of many people and first began with Mr J.J. Flood who sold it, in 1947 to the R.M.S. at Roscommon County Hospital, Mr 'Jock' O'Hanrahan.
In 1971 it was again sold to the consortium of local businessmen which included Brendan Kieran, M.P.S.I., M.P. 'Phosie' Keane, solicitor, Billy Craig, company rep. for Jacobs biscuits and Joseph Mc Manus. It was once again sold off to the current owner in 1981, Mr Gerard Kelly.
The Gaiety was fully re furbished in 1997 to provide it's patrons with comfortable new seating, a new screen, new decor, state of the art Dolby Surround sound, new scope and flat screen lenses.
Alas, it is no more......
Compiled and presented by Brian Leyden
Production Supervision by Lorelei Harris
First Broadcast 30th June 2004
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