CORK cinema-goers could be flocking to a new venue, with the news earlier this week that a new 250-seater Savoy Cinema might be developed.
The iconic Patrick Street location might soon get a new lease of life as developers Clarendon Properties are proposing the boutique cinema, as well as a small number of residential units.
The former Savoy Cinema heralded a new era of entertainment for Corkonians when it opened its doors to the public on May 12, 1932.
It was officially opened by the then Lord Mayor, Frank Daly.
The front page ofthe following day captured the excitement of the inaugural opening, stating:
"The whole proceedings were marked by wonderful enthusiasm, coupled with very apparent manifestations of civic pride in this latest acquisition to the city’s attributes."
Large numbers of people descended onto Patrick Street hours before the opening in great anticipation of the historic event.
"Crowds of people collected before the new cinema as long as two hours before the opening was due to take place, and by the time the doors were opened there was such a gathering on the street as impeded traffic and numerous Civic Guards had a busy time regulating the numbers seeking admission."
The new theatre, which seated almost 2,250 patrons cost £148,000 to construct and in his address to the assembled crowd on that first night, the Lord Mayor noted that the development was worthy of the capital of Ireland - adding to great applause that it was not too much to hope that Cork might one day become the new capital.
It was through the collaborative efforts of several Cork companies that the new theatre was brought to fruition - most notably Meagher & Hayes and Horgan & Sons.
One of the most iconic features of the new cinema was the Crompton organ, which is now housed in the University Concert Hall in Limerick.
Fred Bridgeman played the organ before the screening of the main feature on Sunday nights during which audiences would sing to the music as the lyrics were projected on the cinema screen.
The Savoy Cinema became a leading venue for the Cork Film Festival when it started in the 1950s.
Throughout the decades, the festival has seen a number of famous faces arrive in Cork, including Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch for the Irish premiere of.
Notably, Jean Seberg and June Thorburn also made an appearance at the festival in 1959 and 1960, respectively.
Corkonians flocked to the Savoy Cinema in their droves during the annual event in the hopes of catching a glimpse of such stars.
The glory days of the Savoy Cinema began to decline in the 1970s, however, as television became more popular.
1975 marked the end of an era as the cinema closed its door on Friday, January 31 after the final screening of.
A special gala was arranged for the following night, which presented the Irish premiere of.