Originally opened in 1953 as the Kenilworth, boasting 1,115 seats.
Its owners, Sundrive Cinemas, had decided to close its doors in 1976. They owned the Kenilworth, Harold’s cross and also the Classic based in Terenure, where Mr Albert Kelly was the General Manager.
Mr Kelly took over the lease of the Kenilworth and took the name of the Classic with him. The cinema was divided into two screen in the 1976 and then reopened as the Classic Cinema (Harold's Cross Road, Dublin 6W).
Mr Kelly made a point of being present every evening to greet his customers. Mr Kelly had worked as a projectionist in the Grand Central cinema on O'Connell Street during the second World War.
In later years it was well known for its late night screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Classic closed its doors in 2003, with midweek screenings of Veronica Guerin and American Pie: The Wedding. But it ultimately closed it’s doors with a last screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which at that time had broken all Irish cinema records by running at late-night shows in the Classic for the past 21 years.
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