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Usually the Japanese Film Festival is a spring affair, offering new and classic cinema from one of the great homes of international film every April. Things haven’t been ‘usual’ for a while of course and this year’s JFF was delayed, but as cinemas start to reopen more, the 2021 Japanese Film Festival is ready to go ahead, a cultural cinematic celebration taking place across Ireland. This October 14- 21st, you can see great Japanese films on the big screen, not just in the fair city of film but in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

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The Light House Cinema can always be relied on when October rolls around to offer up a programme of classic, cult and quality horror movies, and 2021 is no exception. This October 18 – 31st, they’ll be screening a selection of greats with a very particular theme. Join the Smithfield cinema ‘standing in aaagh of all mná this Halloween, with their Samhain na mBan series of horrors and thrillers by women directors.

 

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The full programme has been announced for GAZE 2021. Dublin’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival revealed the full list of films on offer for this year’s return to cinemas, all set to take place from 29 September – 3 October.

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One of the very best festivals in the fair city of film will be returning, expanding and offering even more for film fans in Ireland this autumn.  The GAZE International Film Festival has announced a return to in-cinema screenings in September and October, for the festival’s 29thedition, once again showcasing some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ narratives on the big screen today and welcoming some of the most sought after LGBTQ+ films to Dublin.

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With the Light House Cinema reopening its doors earlier this month, its loyal clientele were eager to avail of some of their beloved comfort movie favourites. Stuff to get people excited to get back into a cinema seat again, when they feel safe and willing to do so. The Smithfield cinema have duly obliged and July and August will see them host a ‘Summer of Fun’, all killer, no filler programming to put a smile on your face (behind your mask).

 

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An exhibition showcase of drawings from the making of the Irish animated sensation Wolfwalkers will be making its way to Smithfield later this week. Artist’s drawings from the hit film will be on display at the Light House Cinema when it reopens from Friday, June 25th.

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The team at Light House are beyond excited to announce that they are re-opening their doors (again!) on Friday June 25thOur friends at one of Dublin’s best cinemas have been eagerly anticipating the reopening for so long and have saved fans in the fair city of film a seat for when they finally swing their doors open in three weeks time.

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Many a movie lover in the fair city of film is dying for the day when cinemas are back open again, but as we all know, a cinema is only as good as its programming. At the Light House Cinema in Smithfield and the Pálas in Galway, that selection is curated by Charlene Lydon, a genuine buff with a storied career and a fine eye for film. 

In the latest Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with Charlene to get more info on her own background, the secrets to a good slate of cinema and her hopes for the future as the chance of a return to Screen 1 becomes an ever so slightly bright light projected on the end of a long, uncertain tunnel.

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The Halloween season is usually a time we’re glued to the big screen here in the fair city of film. Unfortunately the current status of Covid-19 here in Ireland means that all cinemas are shut for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show some of our favourite cinemas some support. At the IFI, the online IFI@Home player is going strong, with the IFI Horrorthon currently in full swing on the online platform.

Meanwhile, Element Pictures have launched a new online shop, so that the adoring patrons of the Light House Cinema and the Pálás can acess some great new gifts and give the venues some much needed revenue. You can now buy Gift Vouchers for the cinemas, exclusive locally designed prints and greeting cards and more on the new Light House Shop.

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