Passion on Screen: Easter 1912

Easter was a busy period for Ireland’s entertainment venues, of which cinemas were a growing part by 1912. Appropriately religious-themed films were a popular choice with cinema managers at Christmas and Easter, and a Passion Play film played in several Dublin cinemas and halls in the run-up to Easter. The Rotunda, the base for James T. Jameson’s Irish Animated Picture Company, was exhibiting a different kind of spectacle: the Kinemacolor film of the Delhi Durbar, which celebrated the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary.

When the Galway Cinema Theatre opened its doors in William Street on Easter Monday, 8 April 1912, it was not to present a programme of films but to offer the public a Wild-West play, The Cowboy’s Revenge.

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