Tuesday 27 September 2016

Flashback: This theatre was the centre of Dublin entertainment until it closed its doors in 1962

Published 27/06/2016 | 11:20

Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962 Noel Purcell
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962 The Royalettes with Cecil Sheridan
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962

It was the centre of Dublin life for decades.

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The Theatre Royal on Hawkins Street was the centre of the capital's entertainment scene before it closed its doors this week in 1962.

From the beginning, in 1935, the sheer size of the building made it difficult to manage and the theatre rarely made a profit on shows, even when big names like Max Miller, Jimmy Durante and Gracie Fields came to perform.

Judy Garland graced the theatre;s doors in 1951 for a series of sold-out perfomances.

Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962

The theatre closed its doors on June 30 after it battled with the introduction of televisions and the popularity of cinema.

The building was demolished and replaced with a twelve-storey office block.

Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962

Here are exclusive photographs from the Independent Archives of staff and performers at the last night of the Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street Dublin.

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Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962
(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)
Staff and performers. 30th June 1962
Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection) Staff and performers. 30th June 1962

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