by jdurney on January 23, 2013



New Oscar provides Newbridge with Ireland’s most luxurious cinema.

THE OSCAR CINEMA – Ireland’s most luxurious cinema – is now open in Henry St., Newbridge. The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. T. F. Corcoran, Town Clerk, who said it would be a wonderful amenity for the town.
The cinema is of ultra-modern design and will conform to a standard of super-luxury and presentation only equalled by recent installations in London’s West End.
The cinema-theatre is of a very cosy and intimate concept (400 seats) and one outstanding feature is the unique and exclusive air conditioning system which makes the Oscar the only fully air conditioned cinema in the country. This will ensure perfect conditions even in the hottest days in summer or the coolest days in winter.
No expense whatsoever has been spared in fitting out and equipping the new Oscar to meet the most modern demands of luxury. Plush rich orange velvet drapes hang from the ceiling to floor all round the interior, while the foyer and the entire floor area are carpeted in expensive deep pile brown and gold coloured carpeting. The front curtains and ceiling are dark rich brown.
The seating is of peacock green and is the acme of comfort and relaxation. One special feature of the seating is the Pullman design, and the Oscar is the only cinema outside Dublin with genuine no-imitation Pullmans. No other cinema seat will equal these genuine Pullman seats for complete and utter pleasure and cosiness.
Each seat cost £45 to install, which gives an indication of the very high standard of luxury in the Oscar.
A very special attraction is the distance between the rows of seats. Patrons are able to pass in and out without the other occupants having to stand up.
The projection box has the very latest ultra-sophisticated equipment and the cinema has wall to wall Panoramic Screen with Multi-Directional Sound which gives first class presentation and maximum impact from all positions, ensuring full audience participation and enjoyment of the film.
Local girls have been chosen as Cine Hostesses. They are dressed in specially designed suits of gold "A" line mini skirts with matching boleroes, white lace blouse and cockade hats. The girls will welcome all patrons at the door, show them to their seats and provide refreshments during the intervals.
Normal admission prices are 40p all parts. Children to matinees – 20p and 15p. Special roadshow attractions will be 50p.
The management guarantee patrons satisfaction, and no disturbances or noise of any description will be tolerated. The Oscar will have late shows every Friday and Saturday at 11.15 p.m.
Only first class films will be shown, and the following is a list of some of the big attractions to come:-
Steptoe and Son Ride Again
King Boxer
Student Prince
Ryan’s Daughter
War and Peace
Straw Dogs
Nicholas and Alexandra
Carry on Abroad
Ten Commandments
Last Picture Show
Endless Night
Ben Hur
Ulzana’s Raid
Sound of Music
Play Misty For Me
Ann of 1,000 Days
Joe Kidd

All in all, the new Oscar will add a new enjoyment and pleasure to the lives of the people of Newbridge and surroundings. So take a night off, come to the pictures and relax, you’ll feel the better for it, especially when you see it in luxury.

The opening of the Oscar Cinema in Newbridge from the Leinster Leader of 27 October 1973. Re-typed by Chris Holzgräwe

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