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This past weekend saw the Light House Cinema kick off their third edition of the popular film season, ‘Films You’d Love Your Kids To See’, with the first of three showings of ET: The Extra Terrestrial. Now in it’s third year, the lengthily titled season is a selection of favourites from the past that are perfectly suited to being shown to and loved by a whole new generation of film fans. From beloved standards like The Goonies and the Back to the Future trilogy, to all-time classics like The Wizard of Oz to 90’s Kids picks like Aladdin and Jurassic Park, there’s a wide selection of films showing all summer long that are bound to delight kids and adults alike and get the nostalgia flowing again. You can find the Light House’s full selection of films here, but Film In Dublin has picked out some of the must-sees for your calendar over the next few months.

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June 16th. Bloomsday. A day of Ulysses readings, landmark visitations and general celebration of James Joyce, one of Dublin’s most famous sons. There’s never any shortage of things to do for Joyce fans on June 16th, but what about those that want to spend the day, or indeed every day, celebrating Jeff Goldblum? Worry not Goldblum lovers, as the Light House have been sufficiently preoccupied with whether they could, and correctly arrived at the thought that they should, host ‘Jeff Goldblum’s Day’ that same Friday.

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The Lighthouse Cinema is at it again; coming on the 15th of October, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains! A film that combines punk rock, teenage girls and a fuck-you attitude.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains gathered dust in Paramount’s vault for years before its video-release because it was received badly by test audiences. However, the film achieved cult status years later when it gained circulation on late night cable TV. In 1998, The Fabulous Stains was screened for the first time in fifteen years to a packed theatre at Chicago Underground Film Festival. Pat Smear of Germs, Nirvana and recently the Foo Fighters fame has said he would love to re-record the film’s soundtrack, Bikini Kill‘s Tobi Vail called it “the most profound and realistic film” she’d ever seen and many musicians claim to have been inspired to pursue music because of the film, such as Kate Nash. Somehow the film’s obscurity has worked in its favour, lending the film an underground quality worthy of its subject matter.

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All summer long, the Light House Cinema is hosting Films You’d Love Your Kids To See, a selection of childhood favourites guaranteed to bring memories flooding back and get the nostalgia flowing. It’s a great opportunity to introduce a whole new generation to some cinematic classics on the big screen, and Film In Dublin has picked out some of the best films the Light House is offering this summer. You simply must take your kids to see these:

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