The Olympia Theatre

The Olympia Theatre

The Olympia is a beautifully preserved theatre in the heart of Dublin City, and one of Dublin’s most loved music venues. It hosts a wide range of events every year including live music, comedy & theatre shows and its city centre location makes it a great choice for anyone staying at the Dublin Citi Hotel.

The Olympia, along with Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and The Helix Theatre, presents an annual Christmas pantomime.

Dublin’s Olympia Theatre started out as The Star of Erin Music Hall in 1879. The theatre was built on the site of a former saloon and music hall originally called Connell’s Monster Saloon in 1855. It was renamed Dan Lowrey’s Music Hall in 1881. In 1889 it was renamed again, this time to Dan Lowrey’s Palace of Varieties. It was finally designated its present-day title in 1923.

Refurbishments

In November 1974, the Olympia was forced to close following major structural damage when parts of the proscenium arch and the ceiling above collapsed during a break in rehearsals for a production of West Side Story.

The possibility of demolishing the building was considered by the local council and the owners; however, a restoration fund was begun and city councillors eventually placed a preservation order on the theatre. The theatre was restored and redecorated, allowing it to reopen on 14 March 1977.

In November 2004, a truck reversing on Dame Street crashed into the front of the Olympia, damaging the building. A cast-iron and glass canopy from the 1890s, by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, was demolished during the accident but has since been restored. In 2016, the theatre was again refurbished. This time the building was completely refurbished at a cost of over €4 million with the venue remaining open during renovation work.

Performance history

The venue has hosted both domestic and international acts, including Adele, Aslan, David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin, Billy Connolly, Chris Cornell, Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, Kraftwerk, Laurel and Hardy, Gary Numan, Radiohead, The Coronas, The Killers and The Script.

Opening Times

Sunday 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (All year)

Closed on 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays.

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