I’d read recently that stink bombs were used during the protests against The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. When researching that, I stumbled upon an interesting incident at one cinema in 1928 were stink bombs were used and seem to have caused a lot of panic. The Mary Street Picture House was the location for an incident that made its way into the national media. The two reports below come from The Irish Times, the first is dated November 27 1928. The sheer panic of the crowd is evident from this report.
Remarkably, the incident appears in the paper again in January 1929, giving some background on the incident and noting that an industrial dispute was underway at the time. The Irish Kinematograph Co. Ltd was seeking £500 compensation as a result of what occurred: