Dublin’s Cinemas of Old

Back in November we shared this lovely short documentary about Dublin’s old ‘picture houses’, as described by the Dublin residents that attended them back in the day. James Joyce famously founded the Volta Cinema, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, on Mary Street in 1909. Unfortunately, only a year later Joyce was contacted regarding closing the cinema […]

On this day…2 January

On 2 January 1910 Joyce left Dublin with his sister Eileen. Joyce, who had been in Dublin since October 1909 in connection with the opening of the Volta Cinema, brought his sister Eileen back to Trieste with him on 2 January 1910. While Joyce was on a visit home to Dublin in the summer of […]

On this day…20 December

On 20 December 1909 the Volta cinema opened. The Volta Cinema, Dublin, opened on Monday 20 December 1909 to a select audience, and opened to the general public the following day. It was the first dedicated cinema in Dublin. Up to 1909, films had only been seen in Dublin as part of variety performances in […]

On this day…17 November

On 17 November 1909 Joyce wired money urgently to his brother in Trieste. Joyce had arrived in Dublin at the end of October 1909 to set up the Volta Cinema, but had neglected to pay the rent on his flat at the Via Vincenzo Scussa in Trieste where they’d been living since March 1909. Joyce’s […]