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The Picture House

Press Release 

April 12th 2019

New film documentary on the history of Limerick cinemas

A new documentary film, ‘The Picture House, will be screened in the Millennium Theatre in LIT at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th April.

Next to sport, cinema has always been Limerick’s main cultural pursuit.  Even today, without a city centre cinema, almost a million cinema tickets are sold in Limerick every year. 

The Picture House looks back at the glory days of the single screen city centre cinema and features archival footage and photographs of 10 of Limerick City Centre cinemas and the memories of former cinema workers and cinema-goers.  

The hour long film revisits the stories of the different cinemas such as the Savoy, Lyric and Tivoli, the 1953 Cinema workers strike, the censorious attitude of the local authority and the Church, and the slow and inevitable decline of the single screen cinema. 

The film was produced and directed by Dave Burns in association with Paul Lynam, Declan McLoughlin and Joe Coleman, filmed by Paul Lynam, Keith Bogue and Jim Pidgeon, edited by Simon McGuire and presented by Mike Finn.  Dave Burns is active in the planned redevelopment of the Royal Cinema in Cecil Street and in Fresh Film Festival.   

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/316371307

Director Bio

Dave Burns, former lecturer in computer science at UL, has made another documentary film on local history.  After completing ‘Kemmy’ – a look at Jim Kemmy’s life and work –  in 2017, Dave wanted to place on record some of the past glories of the city centre cinemas.   He has also driven the projected  redevelopment of the old Royal cinema as a four-screen studio cinema.  Dave also chairs the board of Fresh Film Festival, which showcases the works of under-18 film makers, nationally and internationally.

 

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The Royal to feature on Lyric FM Today

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Lyric FM to broadcast Episode 6 of Cultural Passions by Grey Heron Media Sunday 27th at 5:40pm

 

A couple of months go Maeve McGrath (Producer/Actor), Dave Burns (The Royal) and Limerick Film Festival’s Simon McGuire were interviewed by Grey Heron Media’s Diarmuid McIntyre for their Cultural Passions Radio programme. This episode was recorded at the Theatre Royal Site which is the location of the future Royal Project for Film and Visual Arts.

 

The episode concentrated on the venue as well as the ever growing film industry in Limerick. A number of areas of the industry were discussed while also taking a walk through and around what was one of the finest examples of the vintage cinema spaces Limerick had.

 

The radio programme is on at 5:40pm Sunday 27th on Lyric FM and is on Limerick’s Live 95FM durning the week.

 

Well done to Diarmuid and the team at Grey Heron Media.

 

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