Monday, April 2, 2012

The Screen Cinema: a Dublin institution

I've been meaning for some time to post about the Screen Cinema at the meeting point of D'Olier St, Poolbeg St and Townsend St. And now seems like a good time, since they're showing a cool movie next week.  They have 3 screens and show a selection of new releases (mostly on the indie/cult and foreign film side of things) and a lot of older movies as part of their film club.  This club has meant people have enjoyed classics like The Goonies, Die Hard, Casablanca and many more on the big screen again.  Club membership is open to anyone over 18 and is included in your ticket price.  This is because the older movies have not necessarily been classified or re-classifed by IFCO.  The Screen is one of the oldest cinemas in Dublin, open in some form or other since 1972, though it shouldn't be confused with the cinema of the same name that was on Eden Quay and destroyed during the Rising, where the Laughter Lounge now is, and is nowadays owned by the same company who run the Savoy on O'Connell St.  The statue above, affectionately known as Mr Screen, was created by Vincent Browne, who also sculpted the palm tree seat in Temple Bar.  

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