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Front entrance in August 2009.
The Olympia Theatre is a concert hall in Dublin, Irelandmarker, located in Dame Street.


Built in 1879, it was originally called the "Star of Erin Music Hall". Two years later in 1881, it was renamed "Dan Lowrey's Music Hall" and was renamed again in 1889 to "Dan Lowrey's Palace of Varieties". In February of 1897 it was closed down and completely rebuilt. When it reopened in November of the same year it was called the "Empire Palace Theatre". The Theatre was eventually renamed The Olympia Theatre. It ran successfully for many years up to November 1974 when it was forced to close following major structural damage (during a break in rehearsals for a production of West Side Story parts of the proscenium arch and the ceiling above collapsed). 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 1890's, by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, was demolished during the accident but has since been restored.

Current Usage

In recent years the Olympia Theatre has been the venue for musicals, comedy shows, theatre and concerts by a diverse range of artists. Well known contemporary artists that have performed in the Olympia Theatre include The Corrs, INXS, The Waterboys, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Johnny Cash, NOFX, Kris Kristofferson, The Dubliners, Paddy Casey, Motörhead, Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, Kraftwerk, Aslan, Lou Reed, The Frames, Happy Mondays, The Strokes, Ocean Colour Scene, The Special, Rodrigo Y Gariella, Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Yazoo and James, The Black Crowes who ended their 3 Snakes & 1 Charm tour in March 1997, with a triumpant return to the Olympia July 1999.

The 2009 R.E.M. live album Live at The Olympia was recorded at the venue during their 2007 tour.

  • The Pixies sold out 3 nights at The Olympia in August/September 2009 as part of their "Doolittle Tour".

  • The Specials performed 2 sold out nights on November 14th & 15th 2009.

  • Bell X1 were scheduled to play 1 night at The Olympia, but due to demand 2 extra dates were added for November & December 2009.

  • Paolo Nutini is also due to perform in November 2009, tickets for both shows are now sold out.

  • Basement Jaxx are also scheduled to perform 2 night in December 2009.

  • Placebo will play 2 nights as part of their european tour in December '09. Tickets are now sold out.

  • Keith Barry is to perform 5 night at The Olympia in January 2010.

  • Bryan Adams announced he is to play 2 intimate show in January 2010.

  • Paul Potts will make his debute at The Olympia with 2 nights in January 2010.

  • English rockers You Me At Six are to play their biggest Irish show on March 28th 2010.

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