Flashback: This theatre was the centre of Dublin entertainment until it closed its doors in 1962
It was the centre of Dublin life for decades.
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.
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.
Here are exclusive photographs from the Independent Archives of staff and performers at the last night of the Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street Dublin.