Last Moments of the Capitol Cineplex

Footage of the final stage of deconstruction of the Capitol Cineplex.

Taking place very late into the evening, a local bystander, Stephen Saleh, filmed the scenes of the Jaws of a JCB removing what was left of the historic cinema and entertainment venue on Cork City’s Grand Parade. The Capitol Cineplex, opened in April, 1947. It stood on the site of the former Grant’s Furniture, and Clothes shop which was destroyed by Fire in 1942. The Capitol Cineplex had seating for up to 1,300 individuals and the prices for admission ranged from one shilling to two shillings and six pence. The last price, I paid as a student was six euro, though I do assume the price may have been slightly higher than this.

Footage by YouTube user: Stephen Saleh

As you can see in this upcoming video by myself, before the final deconstruction phase. We can see the remnants of the former Vineyard Bar and the adjacent Oyster Bar. The walls of old homes and tiles of old bathrooms. All that was left was rubble with a bare sight through the entire area onto the Grand Parade.

Footage by Norries Of Cork – Youtube – SUBSCRIBE

This final piece is what the finished area will become. A new shopping centre for Cork City which will offer access to both Patrick Street and the Grand Parade. The Capitol Cineplex is no more but in its place is something of a historic consequence for this section of the city.



The Capitol Cinema opened on 5 April 1947. It stood on the site of the former Grant’s furniture and clothes shop which was destroyed by fire in March 1942. The new cinema had seating for 1,300. Monsieur Beaucaire, a comedy starring Bob Hope, was the first film shown there. The prices for admission ranged from one shilling to two shillings and sixpence.