Adelphi Cinema 1939-1995
Adelphi Cinema, 1939-1995
The Adelphi cinema on Middle Abbey Street (98-101 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) was designed by William R. Glen, (assisted by local Irish architect Robert Donnelly), created in an Art Moderne style, it boasted 2303 seats. The theatre opened on 12th January 1939.
In 1979 the Adelphi underwent renovations to make it into a triplex and in 1973 it became a quadplex.
Most notably the theatre hosted musical acts such as the Beatles in ‘63, and other well known performers that included Marlene Dietrich, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, and Roy Orbison.
The theatre closed it 1995 with free screenings of High Society and Gigi.
The main entrance now serves as an entrance and exit for a car park and delivery zone for Arnotts department store.
Reference photo credit: Dublin City Library & Archive
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