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.
The golden age of cinema-going may have been ended by the unrelenting development of personal technology, but there is still something charmingly romantic about paying over the odds for popcorn, sitting through trailers and watching the latest silver screen released in a darkened room with strangers. Sure, you can watch films in the comfort of your own home, but you can’t beat the big screen, big sound and big feel of the cinema. That is where movies should be seen.
Ireland is a nation of storytellers, which goes a long way to explaining its position as a dominant force in the world of movie-making. The nation’s cinema attendance is one of the highest in Europe, and Dublin is at the heart of that love. The best cinemas in Dublin are the perfect place to catch a classic or a fresh release before heading on towards the city’s excellent restaurants and its world-beating pubs. Down in front!
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