Dubliners were devastated and astonished when the Lighthouse was forced to close down because of rent hikes. It was feared that this great space, to showcase films that don’t always make it to the big omniplexes, was gone for good. But today Element pictures have announced that they have taken over and it will be open for business this Friday (20 January)!
The Lighthouse will screen the best of international art house and Irish cinema, as well as re-runs of classics and special events. The first films to be screened over the weekend include Golden Globe winning The Artist, Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen’s brilliant Shame, Madonna’s W./E and Clint Eastwood’s latest film, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, J. Edgar
Directors of Element Pictures Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney are “delighted that the Light House Cinema will be screening films again. We are opening the cinema at the earliest possible opportunity and have lots of ideas, which we will implement over the coming months . We really appreciate the warm support and goodwill we have received following the news and look forward to ensuring that a visit to the Light House is a unique and wonderful experience. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Minister Jimmy Deenihan, the Arts Council and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board for their support in getting the Light House up and running again”.
Commenting on the news, James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board said “The reopening of the Light House brings an important renewal of the Irish exhibition landscape. It will once again provide Dublin audiences with reinvigorated access to the wide range of independently produced films than are currently available. It is our ambition that the Light House will contribute to the growing appetite for independent cinema amongst Irish audiences, in a cinematic environment with the availability of the latest digital equipment.”
This really is great news for movie fans!
The Lighthouse Cinema is located in the heart of Smithfield. It’s accessible by bus, Luas and there’s plenty of parking.