Rathkeale revels in big screen magic

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

THE new chapter in cinema history in Rathkeale, which opened before Christmas, is set to continue.

THE new chapter in cinema history in Rathkeale, which opened before Christmas, is set to continue.

Another film from the past, Going My Way, will be screened in the Rathkeale Arts Centre next week. And the plan is to have a film screening each month up to Easter.

In early December, Rathkeale Cinema Club held a gala opening night with the screening of Casa Blanca when many of those attending dressing up in the style of the 1940s when the film was made.

“We were very pleased with the response to our first film,” John Dinnage, aka Rathkeale’s Mr Cinema, explained. “It was clear to us that a lot of people are interested in cinema and in films and since then, we have been hearing from people who want more of the same.”

“The atmosphere in the Arts Centre where we screened the film was terrific. You could hear a pin drop during the film,” added Mr Dinnage, whose grandfather Henry, built the Central Cinema in Rathkeale which closed in 1973. Mr Dinnage himself began helping out in the projection room as a young boy.

The next film to be shown is Going My Way, featuring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. “It’s an oldie but it’s still one of the good ones,” Mr Dinnage said. “It’s a music but there’s a lot of comedy and a lot of drama in it. I think it’s one that people will enjoy.” Down Your Way will be screened on Saturday week, January 26 at 8.15pm in Rathkeale Arts Centre which is located above the library on the Ballingarry Road. Admission is €5 which includes membership and entrance.

Tickets will be available at the door or you can book in advance at John Dinnage’s shop or the library. Alternatively, ring 086- 1245595 or email rathkealearts@gmail.com Refreshments will be served.

The Rathkeale Cinema Club is an initiative of the Rathkeale Community Arts Group.