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Cinemas in Dublin

Dublin City has a lot to offer in terms of cinemas and movie theatres. From the latest blockbusters to foreign language films, Dublin has it all on show, as long as you know where to look. David lists five cinemas in the city centre that all movie lovers should check out.

1. The Screen Cinema

Located right beside Trinity College, though easy to miss (walk out of Front Arch and turn right), the Screen Cinema is known for its mix of modern films and older classics. The Screen is Dublin’s longest running art house cinema with the cinema’s proximity to Trinity College attracting a young, arty student crowd. There are the obvious Hollywood blockbusters on show here, but the Screen regularly sneaks a good deal of foreign language films and childhood favourites onto its two screen. It has special offers on Thursday nights where tickets are only €5. Check out what’s playing there now. 

2. The Savoy Cinema

Situated right on O’Connell Street, the Savoy Cinema is Dublin’s oldest working cinema. Built in 1929, the Savoy is full of atmosphere, from the spacious wood-panelled foyer to the upstairs lobby. The Savoy regularly plays host to the glamorous film premieres of Ireland. It shows a large variety of the latest hollywood films in its seven screens. Check out what’s on here.

3. Cineworld

The largest multiplex cinema in Dublin’s city centre boasts 17 screens and an IMAX screen. Based on Parnell Street, Cineworld shows a wide range of Irish and international films with all the big blockbusters coming through its screens. It boasts a large selection of Box office treats and sweets. Cineworld has everything you need to enjoy a trip to the movies. Check out what’s showing here. 

4. Rathmines Omniplex Cinema

Situated slightly outside the city centre, on the Rathmines road, the Rathmines Omniplex Cinema (previously the Swan Cinema) is a newly renovated complex with five screens showing the latest big blockbusters. All the screens have reclining seats with ample leg space and totally unrestricted views. Only a 20 minute walk from Trinity College (or 10 mins on the bus) the cinema is surrounded by a host of restaurants and pubs so you can extend your night out. Check out what’s on now. 

5. The Lighthouse Cinema

Possibly the most colourful cinema in all of Dublin, the Light House Cinema is a specialist, art house cinema committed to programming the best Irish and international films. It’s eclectic schedule includes feature films, shorts, classics, foreign language and animated films, feature length documentaries, inventive special events and festivals. Located in the up and coming Smithfield quarter north of the River Liffey, the Lighthouse champions independent world cinema and offbeat Irish productions. The brand new, high tech building features four screens and has the some of the comfiest, and colourful, seats in Dublin. Check out what’s on here.


You Social Butterfly

There are lots of things to see and do in Dublin, but most of us end up going back to the same places with our friends week after week. Whether you look to chill out or paint the town red with your friends, all you need to do is go looking for your perfect place. From open green spaces and an eclectic mix of cinemas, to bars and clubs spilling out of Temple Bar across Dublin.

Dublin Film Festival!


Tickets went on sale today for one of the coolest events of the year–the Dublin International Film Festival. Held in several cinemas around Dublin city centre, the film festival has a great blend of international, Irish, independent and big-budget films. There’s definitely something for everyone and it’s a great opportunity to see films that might not make it to theatres otherwise. This year, the opening film is an Irish one starring Brendan Gleeson and tickets to the screening sold out in minutes!

The best part about the film festival is how accessible it is. Some shows sell out, but many don’t, so you can rock up to the box office on the day of a screening and get a ticket. Also, anyone can go online when the schedule is released to buy tickets, so it’s a really inclusive festival–no velvet ropes here! If you’re interested in film, the two weeks of the film festival are definitely two of the best weeks of the year.

Where to catch a film in Dublin

A great way to spend an evening (especially if it’s raining outside!), Dublin has some great cinemas to suit all tastes:

  1. The Irish Film Institute: A great Irish institution situated in the heart of Temple Bar that boasts an on-site restaurant where you can catch a bite to eat or a glass of wine before the movie starts. Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.ifi.ie/
  2. The Light House Cinema: Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Smithfield, The Light House reopened in 2012 and is a little-known gem showing independent films. Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, www.lighthousecinema.ie
  3. The Savoy: Where to go if you want to catch the current big block buster film in a central location. O’Connell Street, www.savoy.ie/.
  4. Cineworld: Another big cinema in a central location, they offer foreign language films. If you’re a regular visitor to the cinema it may be worth investing in their unlimited movies card, which costs €20.90 a month for a 12 month subscription. Parnell Centre, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 www.cineworld.ie
  5. The Screen Cinema: Just across the road from Trinity, Screen offers a mix of big name films and quiet indies. A great place to escape to during exam time! www.screencinema.ie