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The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Director David Burns outside the Royal Theatre, Limerick.

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

  • The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.
  • The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.
  • The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon is on board as Editor again and post production will take place over the summer of 2018 with a projected release in Autumn 2018.

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Royal Picture Show

Posted: November 10, 2014 in Film
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Photo by: Munster Images. (Pat Browne)

Photo by: Munster Images. (Pat Browne)

4th Royal Picture Show is Launched.

Launched at the Hook & Ladder Cafe on Sarsfield Street, Limerick this evening was the programme for the 4th Royal Picture Show.

The Royal is presenting 4 mini film festivals during Limerick City of Culture 2014 in February, May, September and November. Our programme has been fulfilling a promise to satisfy the most demanding cinema-goer with a variety of films (many showing in Limerick for the first time), including new works from local & national filmmakers, classics, musicals and the very best of international cinema.

This fourth weekend of The Royal Picture Show, the proposed programme will include: another Irish language programme for schools, the 1942 black and white Oscar winning classic CASABLANCA on launch night, another sing-along musical screening night in association with Unity Gospel Choir Limerick of MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE and a unique ‘audience choice’ screening in association with Hook & Ladder “Living Café”.

We would like to acknowledge the support of our sponsors, including: HOOK & LADDER, LIMERICK FILM ARCHIVE and our funding partner LIMERICK CITY OF CULTURE 2014. If you, or your company, would like to get involved as a sponsor for the forthcoming weekend, get in touch via email: info@limerickroyal.ie.

(From Website)

 

 

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Maeve McGrath, Diarmuid McIntyre, David Burns, Simon McGuire

Maeve McGrath, Diarmuid McIntyre, David Burns, Simon McGuire

Lyric FM to broadcast Episode 6 of Cultural Passions by Grey Heron Media Sunday 27th at 5:40pm

A couple of months go Maeve McGrath (Producer/Actor), Dave Burns (The Royal) and myself were interviewed by Grey Heron Media’s Diarmuid McIntyre for their Cultural Passions Radio programme. This episode was recorded at the Theatre Royal Site which is the location of the future Royal Project for Film and Visual Arts.

The episode concentrated on the venue as well as the ever growing film industry in Limerick. A number of areas of the industry were discussed while also taking a walk through and around what was one of the finest examples of the vintage cinema spaces Limerick had.

The radio programme is on at 5:40pm Sunday 27th on Lyric FM and is on Limerick’s Live 95FM durning the week.

Well done to Diarmuid and the team at Grey Heron Media.