The Irish Film Institute
(formerly the Irish Film Centre
) is both a film theatre and a national body that supports Irish Film
heritage. It maintains an archive of Irish films and provides education in film culture. It shows independent and foreign language films overlooked by commercial multiplexes at its cinema in the Temple Bar
quarter of Dublin. Film festivals are also staged throughout the year.
There are three cinemas: Cinema 1 has a capacity of 258; Cinema 2 holds 106 people; and Cinema 3 seats 58. They are wheelchair accessible and support the use of hearing aids.
The Institute opened the Irish Film Centre
on Eustace Street in September 1992. The award-winning building, designed by architects O'Donnell and Tuomey, was transformed from the old Quaker Meeting House into the Irish Film Centre, later the Institute, with funding from the Arts Council, the National Lottery, the European Union, Bord Fáilte
(Irish Tourist board), and private sponsorship. The Centre gave a new home to the Irish Film Archive
as well as organisations such as Film Base, Access Cinema, Screen Producers Ireland, and Media Desk.
The IFI increases the range of films available to Irish audiences. New releases, national seasons, directors' retrospectives, thematic programmes, festivals, and special events have been regular features of the programme, with the number of... Read More