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Carlton Cinema


5 Shannon St, LimerickGoogle MapsArrow
  • The Carlton Cinema was opened in the 1940s on the corner of Henry Street and Shannon Street. It was an 800-seater, equipped with a Western Electric (WE) sound system. It was still open in 1989, but the site was subsequently demolished. The entire area was then completely redeveloped in the 2000s.
  • Up until the 1970s almost each district in Limerick had its own cinema, such as the Athenaeum/Royal Cinema (Cecil Street), the Savoy Cinema (Bedford Row) and the Astor Cinema (Sexton Street). The cinemas screened both popular movies of the time and repeats from the past. Today there is no full-time cinema open in the city centre.
  • This site was one of 16 listed venues for the 25th edition of EVA in 2001, curated by Salah M. Hassan (b. 1964, Sudan) with Iftikhar Dadi (b. 1982, Pakistan) and titled expanded.
  • Before the building’s demolition, in 2001 Tim Humphries (b. 1973, Ireland) used the building both as inspiration and venue for his work Local (2001), which projected slides with the words ‘Local’, ‘Image’, ‘Empty’ and ‘Space’ onto the side of the building.

Artwork presented at this venue

Tim Humphries, Local, 2001.