In the 90s, as the Irish Film Centre (now Irish Film Institute) opened, a lot of independent cinemas closed - the Ambassador, the Carlton, the Lighthouse and the Adelphi - and Dublin's cinema culture became a little less diverse.
In recent years, IFI has declined in quality and relevance - an at time bizaare (rather than eclectic) programme, with eccentric screening times - leaving the huge Cineworld multiplex, with it's rampaging hordes of teenagers, as the only other option for would-be arthouse cinema-goers.
Happily, The Lighthouse re-opens today, in Smithfield Market! This is, without doubt, the most exciting news for Irish cinemagoers for a long time. If the quality of programming at the new cinema comes anywhere near that of its namesake, I will be there every week! The opening programme looks promising.
- Happy Go Lucky
- My Brother is an Only Child
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly