Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Social

Previous Name


Original Use


In Use As

Amusement arcade


1930 - 1940


315835, 234801

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Terraced three-storey stone-fronted Art Deco cinema, built 1934-8, to designs of Robinson and Keefe, having seven-bay group within colonnade to upper floors flanked by single-bay ends, and with modernized ground floor. Now with amusement arcade to ground floor. Flat roof to front section concealed behind stone parapet wall with moulded granite coping. Pitched roof of cinema hall (possibly asbestos) rising above surrounding flat roof with parapets to front and rear. Alternating Portland stone and granite ashlar coursed walls with slight recess to either end and projecting granite platband over ground floor. Central double-height seven-bay columnar breakfront comprising square-headed vertical window openings (now obscured by temporary canvas) having iron balconettes over ground floor and flanked by paired engaged Giant stylized Ionic-style columns on raised plinths, paired to either end and supporting full entablature, advanced to either end and surmounted by tripod lamps. Between first and second floors is apron panel with neon lettering "CARLTON" within openings. To either side of breakfront is single square-headed window opening to each floor with rendered ground floor having recessed entrance bay and replacement doors.


This Art Deco cinema was built in 1938 and was initially known as the Carlton (2) as it was built on the site of the previous Carlton (1) which was demolished in 1936. The classical Portland stone façade was designed in accordance with the guidelines for the reconstruction of O'Connell Street. The design of the building, influenced by cinema architecture in London, includes a variety of styles on its stripped down façade, featuring Art Deco motifs and classical references. The Art Deco interior received much praise at the time but has since been lost. Despite the loss of internal fabric, the exterior has survived relatively intact and the façade is a fine reflection of 1930s Irish cinema architecture. Like the Savoy, the Carlton is a well-known landmark, an important repository of memory for local people, and an integral part of the city centre streetscape.