The beating heart of Irish cinema, the IFI is the first port of call for domestic releases. They also show international independent productions that often won’t be shown anywhere else in Ireland. The Temple Bar complex houses three screens, an archive and a shop, plus a large café in which you might spot Irish film industry bit-players. It’s the go-to place for artsy types with a couple of hours to kill in the city centre – there’s always something worth seeing.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: cinema ain’t dead, people! In fact, we’d go as afar as to say it’s better than ever. And during a cosy, wintery trip to Dublin, what could possibly be better than settling down in one of its iconic cinemas for the night? That’s right, absolutely nothing.
Dublin’s cinemas are truly something to behold, from a huge Cineworld complex in the centre of town to indie releases at the intimate Irish Film Institute. If you’re here with a group, there’s even a cinema you can hire privately for 26 of your pals (yes, they supply the popcorn). Whatever you fancy, don’t miss the best cinemas in Dublin.
This guide was written by Shilpa Ganatra, a writer based in Dublin. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.