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Pics: Beautiful vintage film signs from Dublin’s Ambassador cinema

Gone With The Wind! Star Wars! Rocky! All hand-painted by one man.

Pics: Beautiful vintage film signs from Dublin’s Ambassador cinema
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  • Gone With The Wind (1983)

  • Porky's II (1983)

  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  • Rocky II (1979)

  • Quadrophenia (1979)

  • Avalanche Express (1979)

  • The Shape Of Things To Come (1979)

  • The Rose (1979)

  • Music Machine (1979)

  • The First Great Train Robbery (1979)

  • Private Popsicle (1983)

Flickr/A Gentleman Of Letters

THESE PHOTOS SHOW the marquee of the old Ambassador cinema at the top of O’Connell Street, between 1979 and 1983.

Each sign was hand-painted by signwriter Kevin Freeney, who worked in and around Dublin for decades before his death in 1986.

Kevin’s son Paul Freeney now maintains a Flickr account dedicated to his father’s work, A Gentleman of Letters, where more examples of his signage can be seen. Paul writes:

We (Kevin’s family) do sometimes come across his work that we had not known about, but as time goes on and Dublin changes it happens less and less.

Paul now works as a photographer himself, specialising in capturing moments of street life in and around Dublin. His work can be seen on Flickr here.

For more information on Paul’s photography, visit

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