Hollywood Babylon presents VHS-tival at Light House Cinema


Light House Cinema and Hollywood Babylon present VHStival, one night of total VHS worship including the Irish Premiere of Josh Johnson’s acclaimed documentary Rewind This!, the definitive documentary of how Home Video changed the way the world consumed films. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of art, technology, and societal perceptions that were altered by the creation of videotape.  Filmmakers, studios, archivists, rental chain operators, personal collectors and media experts all contribute to this overview of the video era that is both informative and celebratory. The film premiered to acclaim at the  2013 SXSW Film Festival and we are delighted to present the Irish Premiere at Light House Cinema.


The Rewind This! screening will be followed by a rare showing of the VHS classic melt movie Street Trash (disclaimer: may not be played on actual VHS!). When a liquor store owner finds a case of “Viper” in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its consumers to melt, very messily and two hobos find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with “Bronson” a Vietnam vet with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the junkyard they live in.


As always at Hollywood Babylon events, you will be treated to 30 minutes of Trailer Trash lunacy, which will celebrate the golden era of VHS. Come down early for fun in the bar and bring along your old videos for our VHS swopshop!


September 6th, Light House Cinema

Fun in the bar from 7.30pm

Rewind This! 8:30pm

Street Trash: 10.30pm


Tickets for the whole event are €12 and includes entry to both films and all the fun!

Tickets available here: http://www.onlinecinematickets.com/index.php?s=LHSMITHF&p=details&PHPSESSID=bu1rkvl664tl35eigch905bj92&eventCode=10824


Hollywood Babylon presents ‘Dune’

Continuing a series of screenings of movies from the year 1984 Hollywood Babylon brings you David Lynch’s one-of-a-kind sci-fi epic Dune

The film screens at the Light House Cinema on this Saturday, 17th August 2013 at 11.45pm.

Reproductions of the original “glossary sheets” distributed at early screenings of the film in 1984 will be available on the night as well as a rarely screened behind-the-scenes film shot and narrated by Blade Runner’s Sean Young which will screen before the main event.

There will be themed ‘Spice’ cocktails in the bar from 9.30pm and the bar will stay open during the screening, plus giveaways for early arrivals.


Hollywood Babylon at the Light House


Hollywood Babylon, Dublin’s Midnight Movie Film Club, presents their new season at Light House Cinema, Smithfield:  The Summer of ’84, quite probably the greatest year for movies there ever was! From May to October, late on Saturday nights, celebrate the movies, trailers, songs and fashion decisions that defined an era.


Beverly Hills Cop             [22:45, 18 May 2013]

“Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop…on vacation in Beverly Hills”. Here is a movie that really holds up and just like ‘American Werewolf’ actually managed to successfully combine comedy and horror, Beverly Hills Cop successfully combines comedy and action. Screening from a vintage 35mm print there will be a whole host of other Eddie treats on the night (anyone remember the ‘hit song’ Party All The Time he recorded with Rick James? Because we do!)


Purple Rain        [22:45, 15 June 2013]

From Eddie Murphy to His Royal Purpleness. We will be going ALL OUT for this one. We are so very excited. Did you know this film originally made 70 million at the box office! Get your ruffled shirts and high-heeled out for a Prince Party in the bar beforehand with special cocktails, free mixtapes, badges, and more. Also, we heard he will actually be playing Dublin this Summer, that true?


Revenge of the Nerds   [22:45, 13 July 2013]

“It’s time for the odd to get even” OK right now go to YouTube and find the Revenge of the Nerds trailer. It is awesome. Yes that is the voice of Orson Welles, creator of Citizen Kane! Pre-show event- before the show we will have an edifying and educational pre-show special Super8 screening (courtesy of Dennis Kenny) so get there early! NNNEEERRRDDDDSS!


Dune                     [22:45, 17 August 2013]

Here is one that has grown in stature with time. Imagine there was a time when David Lynch could be offered a major Summer sci-fi blockbuster (they considered midnight movie stalwart Alejandro Jodorowsky first!). The guy made Eraserhead! If you like your sci-fi less safe than the lumbering behemoths we have become used to and more challenging, weird and evocative then this is for you. We are very excited to revisit this classic late at night on the big screen, the only way to do it justice.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [22:45, 14 September 2013]

Raiders gets a lot of love (we will screen a Super8 version on the night) but we’ve always had a soft spot for the trashier and (dare we) say it, funner sequel. So many great moments – the monkey brains, the tunnel ride, the bit where a dude pulls the beating heart out of someone’s chest! That’s how kids movies behaved in 1984! Pre-show event: vintage Super8 screening featuring ‘digest’ version of Raiders of the Lost Ark.


DOUBLE BILL: The Terminator / Streets of Fire [22:45, 19 October 2013]

Our first double bill and it’s a doozy! The Terminator remains a stone-cold classic but we have wanted to screen Streets of Fire forever. It is a personal favourite of ours by the guy who brought you The Warriors. It is set in the future, although tinged with the 50’s, a true 80s obsession. It has an amazing soundtrack expertly lip-synched by the great Diane Lane. In an early role Willem Dafoe plays the creepy baddy, his climactic hammer fight is a highlight. Bye for now 1984, you are great.


Tickets: http://www.lighthousecinema.ie/newsarticle.php?sec=NEWS&_aid=2366&PHPSESSID=potu3taoq70ipj6hu50391poc3


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