Final farewell from Douglas cinema: 'There’s no cinema in the modern world that looks like that anymore'

Final farewell from Douglas cinema: 'There’s no cinema in the modern world that looks like that anymore'
Brendan Flannery with staff members Sorchadh Higgins, Padraic Noonan, Orlaith Magner, James Keating and Avril Pratt, James Murphy, Ellie Gannon, Eileen Collins, Tom Hickey, Avril Pratt and Trish Murphy Pic Darragh Kane

PEOPLE in Douglas have been reminiscing of times gone by in CinemaWorld as it closed its doors for the final time today.

Many went along to watch one final movie on the silver screen in Douglas over the last week, which has been in operation for 25 years, having opened in August 1994.

Work is set to immediately begin on the transformation of the building into a new store for supermarket retailer, Aldi.

Projectionist David Gould who has worked in the cinema since it opened in the projection room. Pic Darragh Kane
Projectionist David Gould who has worked in the cinema since it opened in the projection room. Pic Darragh Kane

Colm Daly, who’s from Douglas, attended the cinema for the final time to see Joker earlier this week.

“It was the first cinema I was allowed to go to by myself with my friends. Basically, it just reminds me of my youth and it’s such a shame it’s closing,” he told The Echo. 

He also believes it’s completely unnecessary to have another Aldi in the area, especially with others so close. 

“It’s making Douglas even more commercial and sucking the life out of it, not to mention the traffic congestion it will add,” he says.

Ciara Lawless is originally from Bishopstown, but now lives in London and works in film - but her first experience with movies wasn’t quite so positive. 

“I went to the cinema for the very first time to Douglas when I was a kid and puked fizzy orange Score everywhere. The good old days," she joked.

Colm Boohig, who works for Off The Ball, is from Rochestown, and told The Echo that anytime he returned home to visit he would try to visit the cinema in Douglas.

His earliest memory of the cinema is when he was five or six years of age and was taken there to watch Junior, with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger where he remembers being totally fascinated by seats that flipped and had to be pushed down to sit on them.

Staff from the Cinema Frank Hogan, Projectionist David Gould, Owner Brendan Flannery, Tom Hickey, James Murphy, Ellie Gannon and Trish Murphy in the cinema on the day it closed its doors. Pic Darragh Kane
Staff from the Cinema Frank Hogan, Projectionist David Gould, Owner Brendan Flannery, Tom Hickey, James Murphy, Ellie Gannon and Trish Murphy in the cinema on the day it closed its doors. Pic Darragh Kane

He continued to go to see movies there over the last decade: “When it was good the atmosphere was amazing,” he said.

“There’s no cinema in the modern world that looks like that anymore,” he says, adding that the character of the place will never be matched by any others. 

He says that the area will suffer from the loss: “Name a cultural landmark in Douglas now. Maybe I’m just getting nostalgic about it because it’s going, but it was the last thing that really made a lot of people feel really happy in Douglas.” 

Of the decision to close the doors for the final time Brendan Flannery of CinemaWorld said: “Unfortunately we had strong competition over the last number of years. We tried as long as we could but unfortunately the day has come where we have to close the doors.

"We thank our staff, and our loyal customers who supported us throughout the years," he added.

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