Movie fans in Kells will get the chance to re-live the local experience of ‘going to the pictures’ when the former cinema on Suffolk Street re-opens its doors for one weekend only on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December.
Two movies for children and adults, will be screened with Christmas favourite ‘Polar Express’ being the matinee attraction on Saturday at 3pm and on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
The popular Santa Claus story “Miracle on 34th Street” which was made in 1947 and starred Maureen O’Hara who received The Freedom of Kells in May 2012, will be screened on Sunday at 5 and 8.30pm.
To add to the significance of the occasion the 15th December will by coincidence, mark the 77th anniversary of when ‘The Savoy’ cinema first opened its doors for business in 1936!
The first movie screened then was “Laughing Irish Eyes”.
The “Oscar” cinema, as it was later named, screened movies for the final time on the weekend of 12th June 1982.
According to Kells Local Heroes chairman, Ken Murray.. “This is a once-off weekend and it’s unlikely to be repeated in the foreseeable future.
“We are really grateful for the generousity of Mrs Marjorie Hoey, whose late husband Paddy ran Kells Carpets in the old cinema building, as well as Bank of Ireland in the town which has met a significant chunk of our costs, for making this special occasion happen,” he said.
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