Situated in the heart of Temple Bar, The Irish Film Institute also known as the IFI, is both an arthouse cinema and a national body that supports Irish Film heritage. The IFI presents film festivals, retrospectives and curated seasons, along with independent, Irish and foreign language films overlooked by commercial multiplexes at its cinemas in the Temple Bar quarter of Dublin. It maintains an archive of Irish films and provides education in film culture.
The IFI increases the range of films available to Irish audiences. New releases, national seasons, directors’ retrospectives, thematic programmes, festivals, and special events have been regular features of the programme. Every year, the IFI rewards its audiences by hosting an Open Day, with free cinema screenings and tours. In 2011, the IFI was awarded Dublin’s Best Cinema in Dublin Living Awards. In the last two decades the IFI has seen over 3.1 million cinema attendances to see 63,000 screenings of over 5900 different films. The IFI Café Bar has been serving over 1.78 million cups of tea and coffee to audiences that include over 8,000 members. The IFI is the best cinema in Dublin for LGBT titles.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
IMMA’s mission is to connect audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge and inspire on another. IMMA shares, develops and conserves the Irish National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art for now for the future.
IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Contemporary Art. Its programme comprises exhibitions and projects by leading Irish and international artists, as well as a rich engagement and learning programme providing audiences of all ages the opportunity to explore contemporary art and unlock their creativity. IMMA is home to the National Collection of Irish and International Modern and Contemporary Art, now numbering over 3,000 artworks, and we make this national resource available through engagement and learning programmes,digital resources and exhibitions at IMMA and nationally.
IMMA has a large and engaged audience. Physical visitors have grown by 90% since 2014 and 584,000 people visited IMMA in 2016 making it the second most visited free attraction in Ireland. Our audience is young and digitally connected, with over 60% of our visitors aged under 44 and a large amount of engagement taking place through our social and online channels.
IMMA’s programme reimagines ‘the Museum’ as an open and participatory space that connects people to contemporary life through art. Our audience come to IMMA to experience something new and to share knowledge and new thinking. Recent developments in the programme have expanded beyond the gallery space into the full site of IMMA’s home at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. A programme of live performance, making, music, food and gardening invites the audience into a direct interaction with creativity, and provides a space for debate, inspiration and participation.
IMMA is enterprising and entrepreneurial and our ambitious programme is funded through our development income raised through our corporate and philanthropic partnerships and commercial income raised on the site from venue hire, retail and catering
The Light House Cinema is an art cinema with 614 seats across 4 screens in Dublin, which also serves as one of the venues for the Dublin International Film Festival.
From 1988-1996 the original Light House Cinema was located in an art-deco venue on Middle Abbey Street. A new government funded cinema was built and opened in Smithfield, Dublin in 2008. It briefly closed in 2011 following the Dublin property crash, but the property was taken over National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).
In 2012 Light House Cinema was taken over by Element Pictures and reopened. It’s since become successful and popular with locals, thanks to its more eclectic mix of films including art-house and Hollywood blockbusters as well as regular classic screenings.
They have also started to host quiz nights, book clubs, specially hosted cult film screenings and a cinema music festival called ‘One Two One Two Music Festival’