A day at the movies
Dubliners love their movies! The city has appeared as the stage and set to movies like Michael Collins (Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts) while closeby Wicklow provided the stunning backdrop to the epic Braveheart and romantic PS I Love You. Add to that the fact that Dublin has a great history of Oscar winners, from best film win ‘My Left foot’ in 1990 to best movie score win for ‘Once’ in 2008!
With the Oscar season upon us, the Dublin Visitor Centre team thought it would be a good time to share with you our favourite places to “catch a flick” (Dublin speak for see a movie) in Dublin.
Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar
A visit to the Irish Film Institute (known to Dubs as the IFI) is more than just a trip to the cinema. Its an event in itself – a great place to meet and hang out with locals, even if you choose not to watch a film. Located on Eustace Street, a haven in the heart of Temple Bar, the funky IFI café/bar is a great spot for a delicious home cooked breakfast or an evening bite. For cinema lovers, particularly foreign cinema, the IFI is a daily celebration of film – from old to new, local to international, from the silent classics to the cult alternatives. And for an added plus, they serve a choice of craft beers as wide as their movie offering. Grab a seat at the latest independent or Irish movie release, watch an international film or stop by to enjoy a chat and a coffee. Either way you could easily while away a day in this great Dublin cinema venue.
The Light House Cinema
The Lighthouse Cinema is an absolute team favourite. Located north of the river, about a 15 minute walk from O’Connell Street in Smithfield, the Lighthouse is one of the most beautifully designed contemporary cinemas in the country. An intimate café/bar, Scandinavian design features and oversized armchairs make your trip to the Lighthouse feel more like you’ve been invited to a private viewing at a movie director’s home then to a public cinema. Another Dublin cinema that serves up an eclectic selection of Irish and international from commercial art house to documentaries and short films.
To make a real day of it grab a bite to eat in nearby Mulligan’s in Stoneybatter or enjoy a post-movie night of entertainment at one of the local pubs – the Cobblestone Pub for those looking for a lively evening of traditional music. Walshes for those who’d prefer a quiet drink with the friendly Stoneybatter locals.
Meeting House Square
A team favourite during the summer months and in the run up to Christmas the Open Air Cinema at Meeting House Square is a special treat! This market square by day (Temple Bar food market) each Saturday is magically transformed into a movie Mecca by night (complete with ornate but functional umbrellas which open into roof cover in the event of rain!). Watch out for classics like Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Miracle on 34th Street. Keep an eye on the Events listing on their website
Make a day of it by grabbing a bite in one of the gorgeous eateries surrounding the square and pop in for a visit to the home of National Photo Archives, also located on Meeting House Square.