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Just because the summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the fun of Happenings’ Open Air Cinema. The likes of OnceLa La LandDirty Dancing and Groundhog Day have all been shown by Happenings out in the sunshine (and rain!) over the last few months, and their latest event will show a beloved classic right in Sandymount.

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Dog lovers! Have you ever wished that you could bring your beloved pet along with you to the cinema? As a great summer of cinema in Dublin comes to a close, Happenings and Dublin City Council are offering the chance to grab your friends, dogs and picnic blankets to cosy up and watch a classic movie together in Merrion Square. Their latest Open Air Cinema takes place in the city this Thursday.

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The 80s taught us many valuable things. That knowing is half the battle. That, despite mass emigration and hardship, we were apparently living way beyond our means. And of course, that nobody puts Baby in a corner. Seriously, don’t even try. Patrick Swayze will be furious. And starting off August, you can see that for yourself as Happenings show Dirty Dancing for their latest Open Air Cinema.

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When Once was first released in cinemas ten years ago it was an unlikely contender to be a hit. Filmed on a shoestring budget, with scenes shot on Dublin’s streets without a permit and starring two non-actor in then-teenaged Markéra Irglová and the divisive Frames frontman Glen Hansard, John Carney’s film ended up making millions at the box-office, placing high on many critics’ end-of-year lists for the strong cinematic year of 2007 and winning the Best Original Song Academy Award for Falling Slowly. It’s a film that has been entered into the canon of Irish favourites, and a great choice to watch on a (hopefully) bright summer evening on a nice cosy blanket. So with that in mind, Happenings in association with 7Up have picked out Once to be the next film for their Open Air Cinema.

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Happenings love of sharing cinema in the great outdoors has brought some great evenings to Dublin film fans in the past, including Sing Street and other Irish favourites around the county for this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival and last year’s Centenary Cinema events for the 1916 anniversary. The most recent edition of Happenings’ Open Air Cinema will offer a unique experience for cinephiles, as they’ll be showing a silent horror classic in Mount Merrion this Saturday.

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Last summer, Happenings celebrated the sunshine-however much of it there was-with a series of open-air screenings of crowd-pleasing films around Dublin. From The Princess Bride to the new Irish favourite Sing Street, film fans enjoyed popular movies in the great outdoors. Now with the sun just about peaking its head out for five minutes at a time behind the wind and the clouds, Happenings are coaxing out the springtime, staging their first open-air films of 2017 in March with the St. Patrick’s Festival Ireland.

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With the year that’s in it, Happenings will be showing some of the greatest Irish films of the last 100 years between August and October 2016. This special edition of Happenings’ popular Open Air Cinema Screenings, called ‘Centenary Cinema’, will celebrate the best of Irish film. Guests involved with the making of the films will be in attendance, as Centenary Cinema discusses their work and looks to highlight historical, political, and cultural issues that have effected Irish society over the decades. This Friday, August 12th, Merrion Square will hold host to a screening of In the Name of the Father.

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Every Monday, Film In Dublin brings you the highlights of the week ahead in Dublin cinemas. Festivals, screenings, premieres, quizzes or even a showing of some opera, get ready to fill up your day planners. You can’t do it all but with our guide you’ll never have nothing to do.

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