The Rialto Cinema Club brings cinema to Dublin 8


Located just on the South Circular Road, The Circular is a bar and grill that offers craft beer, pizza and now a bit of cinema too, via their Rialto Cinema Club. Every week they’ll be showing a variety of films, with some intriguing deep cuts on the menu for the weeks ahead. It’s sure to make for an entertaining addition to screenings taking place throughout the fair city of film.

The Rialto Cinema Club currently has a ten-week slate of films lined up, with an alternative outlook to the “popular movie getting spoken over in a bar” genre of evening entertainment and a focus on some interesting viewing. Music films, art documentaries and short films  – including a number of Irish productions – will be shown every Tuesday in the back room of The Circular in downtown Rialto, Dublin 8, starting next February 25th with a showing of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (who needs pancakes when you have Grace Jones?).

Tickets for each screening cost €7 which includes a pint/glass of wine. Check out some of the upcoming screenings at the Cinema Club below:

Tue 25 Feb  – Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones’ public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, a lover, a daughter, a sister and even a grandmother. She is larger than life, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman. Her exhilarating live performance was filmed in The Olympia, Dublin.

Co-Produced by Blinder Films, Ireland

Tue 3 Mar – Sign Painters

At a time when most American cityscapes are dominated by computer created signage, Sign Painters takes a close look at the past, present, and hopeful future of the hand paint sign industry in the USA.

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

Tue 10 Mar – Marvin Gaye: Transit Ostend

The Locals Presents: Marvin Gaye: Transit Ostend. In February 1981, struggling with drink and drug dependency, Marvin Gaye moved to the faded Belgian fishing town of Ostend. He was expected to stay for a few weeks but ended up living there for 18 months, during which he penned one of his biggest hits, Sexual Healing, from his seafront room.

Tue 17 Mar – The Irish Pub

The Locals Presents: The Irish PubThis film is a tribute to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.

Tue 24 Mar – Short Cuts

Short Cuts is a film night curated by Jenny Keogh and dedicated to short format filmmakers. The night will be bringing you the best in Irish short cinema from Documentary to Drama and Animation. Expect to be entertained, educated and inspired.

Tue 31 Mar – Citizen Lane

Citizen Lane is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in modern Irish history.

A man of multiple contradictions, infuriatingly parsimonious or extraordinarily generous, a professed nationalist and a knight of the realm; a monumental snob and a fearless campaigner for access to the arts. A Mammoth Films and Soho Moon production. Produced by Jane Doolan, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, written by Mark O’Halloran and starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane.

Tue 7 Apr – Larry’s Garage

The story of DJ Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage.

Tue 14 Apr – Backwards to go Forwards

Islander and Arbutus Yarns present Backwards to Go Forwards, a film about the future of Irish traditional music; directed, filmed and edited by Myles O’Reilly.

Backwards to Go Forwards features a selection of the finest musicians in modern Irish music talking about how they got into trad, what they love about it and where they see it going.

The film includes live performances and interviews from the likes of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Sean MacErlaine (This Is How We Fly), Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre, Cormac Begley, Brian and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds, members of The Bonnie Men, Saileaog Ní Cheannabhain and her sister Muireann Ni Cheannabhain (Mongoose), Slow Moving Clouds, and Radie Peat (Lankum).

Tue 21 Apr – Good Chap Dublin Documentaries

A series of short film docs from Good Chap.

Tue 28 Apr – PJ Harvey – A Dog Called Money

A collaboration between writer and musician, PJ Harvey, and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy. Seeking first-hand experience of the countries she wanted to write about, Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected imagery.

Back home, the words become poems, songs, then an album, which is recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House, London.

Directed by Seamus Murphy & Co-Produced by Katie Holly (Blinder Films, Ireland)

Luke Dunne
About me

Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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