Charity Screening of ‘Labyrinth’ for Irish Cancer Society


The Light House Cinema are hosting two screenings this weekend of Jim Henson’s classic fairy-tale Labyrinth, which stars David Bowie.

All proceeds from these events will go to the Irish Cancer Society

The film will screen at 11.30pm on Friday the 15th January and there’s a family-friendly screening on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm.

Tickets are available here

The  is Ireland’s national cancer charity. The Irish Cancer Society aims to achieve a world-class cancer service ensuring that fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes. The Society does this through advocacy, research and cancer services. The Society also provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding.


Polish Film Festival at Light House Cinema


A Polish Film Festival, curated by director Martin Scorsese, will take place at the Light House Cinema, Dublin from March 30th to April 5th, as part of Polska Eire 2015.

The festival features a series of restored classic Polish films. Describing the choice of films, Martin Scorsese explains: “There are many revelations in the ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital masters”


The Festival includes:



6.30pm, Monday 30 March 2015 (1987)

A confrontational study of the protracted process of ending someone’s life, whether through casual murder or meticulously calibrated execution.


6.30pm, Tuesday 31 March 2015 (1961)

A stark psychological drama about demonic possession in a convent, based on the same historical events that inspired Ken Russell’s The Devils.


6.30pm, Wednesday 1 April 2015 (1957)

Andrej Munk’s brilliantly incisive WWII black comedy that offers a decidedly subversive take on the traditional image of Polish heroism.


6.30pm, Thursday 2 April 2015 (1976)

A linguistics competition at a university’s summer camp is the backdrop for a wittily satirical drama about the elusiveness of language.


6.30pm, Friday 3 April 2015 (1960)

After three successive films about Polish history, Wajda turned his attention to the present with this affectionate but caustic look at early Sixties Polish youth culture.





4pm, Saturday 4 April 2015 (1981)

As the Solidarity protests swelled in 1980, Wajda filmed this Palme d’Or winner of government-backed espionage against the real backdrop of world-changing events.


4pm, Sunday 5 April 2015 (1958)

A masterpiece of Polish cinema that vividly captures the turbulence and confusion following WWII, as a former resistance hero turns anti-Communist assassin.


The Polska Eire festival is supported by Dublin City Council and other local authorities, along with many Polish organisations and cultural, community and sporting groups across the country.


To book tickets for the Polish Film Festival at the Light House Cinema go to or phone the Box Office at (01) 8728006.










Competition: Win Tickets to ‘Jersey Boys & Launch Party

Still from Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys

This summer, the Light House Cinema have drawn together some of the world’s most  popular musical films in one glorious season beginning with an exclusive preview of Warner Bros. Picture’s Jersey Boys this Friday, 13th June and closing with West Side Story Sunday 17th August.

A special preview screening of Clint Eastwood’s new musical Jersey Boys a week in advance of its release takes place on Friday, 13th June from 9.30pm and the Light House want to you come dressed as your favourite character from any of the classic or cult musicals featured in this season; be it Blues Brother, Frank N Furter, Oliver or Hedwig.

To win yourself a pair of tickets for the event, answer the following question:

What was the name of the acclaimed Charlie Parker biopic Eastwood directed in 1998?

Email your answer to before lunchtime on Friday, 13th June to be in with a chance of winning yourself a pair of tickets.  Please include a telephone number.

The winner will be selected by the all-singing, all-dancing Film Ireland Hat.

The winner will be contacted Friday afternoon.



Marlon Brando at Light House Cinema


A season of films starring the legendary Marlon Brando at Light House Cinema

Screen icon Marlon Brando is the latest inspiration for the Light House Cinema’s on-going series of seasons and retrospectives. Having already presented seasons focusing on Ennio Morricone, Alfred Hitchcock, Film Noir, Tim Burton and John Hughes, Dublin’s coolest cinema is now looking at the legacy of the surly, sexy star whose acting technique revolutionised actors’ screen presence forever.

From August 21st, the season looks back at some incredible films starring the screen giant.

A Streetcar Named Desire From August 21

“I’m the King around here, and don’t you forget it”

Elia Kazan’s sweaty working-class drama features Brando as a fiery brute with a complicated relationship with the women in his life. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, it’s easy to see why the young, intense Brando caught the attention of the world.

The Wild One From August 28

‘What are you rebelling against?’ ‘What have you got?’

The spirit of post-war rebellion is at the forefront of stylish and iconic biker drama, The Wild One. Brando cemented his bad-boy image and forever made leather jackets cool with his role as Johnny, leader of one of two rival biker gangs who invade and cause havoc in a small town.


On The Waterfront From September 4

“I coulda’ been a contender”

Brando plays down on his luck longshoreman who battles the corruption of the dockers’ union boss. Exquisitely shot and extraordinarily moving, this second collaboration between Brando and Kazan is one of the most important film of the 1950’s and one of the most beloved of all time.


Guys and Dolls From September 11

“Luck be a lady tonight”

In quite a dramatic change from his usual fare, Brando turned his hand to the musical genre for a big-screen adaptation of Guys and Dolls. Co-starring Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons, this highly entertaining musical classic set in the world of high-rolling gamblers is a rare light tone in Brando’s filmography.


The Godfather From September 18

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”

Generally accepted as among the greatest films ever made and quite possibly Brando’s most memorable role, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather follows the crumbling Corleone mafia family as the ageing patriarch (Brando) prepares his son Michael (Al Pacino) for taking his place as head of the family.


Last Tango in Paris From September 25

“Let me peruse you and remember you… always like this”

Barnardo Bertolucci directs Brando as an enigmatic American who embarks on a strange sexual relationship with a young French woman. Controversial upon its release for its sexual content, the film ensured that the world didn’t forget that Marlon Brando is an actor willing to take risks.

 Apocalypse Now (part of the Light House Cinema Book Club) Sep 30

“The horror… the horror”

Though his screen time in the film only amounts to a matter of minutes, it is undeniable that Brando’s stunning turn as Colonel Kurtz is the dark heart and soul of Coppola’s stunning war drama. This month, Light House Cinema and Chapters Cinema Book Club will read Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness, before  screening Apocalypse Now. Following the screening, there will a discussion of the adaptation in the Light House bar.


Tickets for the season are now on sale.

SPECIAL OFFER: Any 3 films for €21 when booked in person at the box office

See for more information.



Ennio Morricone public interview


Light House Cinema and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, in association with Pod Entertainment, are delighted to announce that legendary composer, Ennio Morricone will take part in a public interview and Q&A on Sunday July 28th at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. This once in a lifetime event takes place the morning after the first of his two almost sold-out concerts at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. The Italian maestro will discuss his extraordinary career as a film composer and receive a Volta Award from Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to film. The event will be followed by a screening of The Mission.

Morricone’s first ever public interview in the Republic of Ireland is an unmissable opportunity to hear the composer discuss his astounding achievements with Sir Christopher Frayling, a British writer and critic who has written at length about the master’s work and is also the author of the definitive biography of Film Director Sergio Leone. Those lucky enough to get tickets will also have an opportunity to ask the cinema legend questions during a Q&A session following the interview. This intimate event is the only opportunity for Irish fans to hear one of cinema’s greatest artists discuss his life, career and legacy.

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival established the Volta Award in 2007 as Ireland’s Premier Film Award, named after Dublin’s first cinema which was established by James Joyce. Annually the Volta is awarded to figures who have made a major contribution to film globally. In the past its recipients include Daniel Day-Lewis, Kristen Scott Thomas, Al Pacino, Paolo Sorrentino, Martin Sheen, Joss Whedon, Danny DeVito, Costa Gavras and Francois Ozon.

The festival is delighted to bestow this award upon Ennio Morricone, the first outside of the festival, in recognition of his peerless contribution to world cinema.

Andrew Lowe of the Light House cinema said “We are really delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to introduce an artist of the stature of Ennio Morricone in person to the Light House audience. Our customers have enthusiastically embraced the season of Morricone films that we are currently playing, recognising his genius in the exquisite scores of each of those films. We are very grateful to Sir Christopher Frayling for hosting the interview and to our partners at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and Pod Entertainment who helped make this event possible.”

Grainne Humphreys, JDIFF Festival Director said “Ennio Morricone has delighted generations of filmgoers around the world, his film scores bringing a dynamism and passion to work of legendary filmmakers such as Leone, Pasolini and Malick. The festival has made an exception to present its treasured Volta Award to a film composer who has changed the way we experience cinema- Maestro Morricone.”

The five-time Oscar nominee has scored several hundred films, the best known being Sergio Leone’s westerns including For A Few Dollars More and The Good The Bad and the Ugly alongside other classics: The Untouchables, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and more recently Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and before that Kill Bill. In 2007 the Oscars presented him with an honorary award for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

Morricone has worked in almost every musical style and medium imaginable. Although the westerns were only a phase of Morricone’s expansive career, many consider his work in this field his best and most innovative. Morricone amplified the cinematic atmosphere with his ingenious use of diverse arrangements and instrumentation. The compositions for the Sergio Leone’s westerns were created through multiple mediums such as Jew’s harps, dissonant harmonicas, dancing piccolos, bombastic church organs, eerie whistling, thundering trumpets alongside ballads for gunslingers and ghostly vocal choruses.

To celebrate his concerts in Dublin, Light House Cinema has been showing a selection of films featuring his most iconic scores. Still to come as part of the Ennio Morricone season are Once Upon A Time In The West (from July 24th), The Mission (from July 31st) and Cinema Paradiso (from August 7th). Tickets for these films are available from

Date: Sunday, July 28th

Time: Doors open 1030am. Seats must be taken by 1045am. Event starts at 11am sharp.

Tickets for the event are available from or from the box office at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Limit two per customer.

Limited tickets are still available to see Ennio Morricone live at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Saturday 27th July at / Ph 0818 719300


Ennio Morricone Season at Light House Cinema



Dublin, July 1st 2013. To celebrate his two concerts at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin this summer, Light House Cinema will screen a selection of films featuring the sumptuous, moving and hugely memorable scores of Ennio Morricone.  Over the past fifty years, Morricone has accumulated over 500 film credits and there are few artists in the history of cinema as revered as the legendary composer.


The season starts this week with the first of the Dollars Trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars followed next week by For A Few Dollars Moreand then The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Once Upon A Time In The West, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso complete the line-up for this exciting season of fan favourites.




A Fistful of Dollars From July 3rd.

The first in Sergio Leone’s ‘Dollars’ trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars is a dusty spaghetti western featuring Clint Eastwood as the iconic Man With No Name, a mysterious gunslinger who arrives in a small town and finds himself in the midst of a gangland feud. Morricone’s whistling, staccato score created an entirely new genre of film music. This score, combined with the violent but languid pacing and visual style A Fistful of Dollars, rejuvenated what some felt was becoming a stagnant genre.


For A Few Dollars More From July 10th.

The second in the trilogy features many of the same cinematic attributes as its predecessor, not least of which, its composer. Leone and Morricone teamed up again for the second film in the trilogy, which sees The Man With No Name form a reluctant alliance with a Colonel in search of a wanted bandit. With the same wry sense of humour and knowing nods to past masters, For a Few Dollars More helped cement both Eastwood and Leone as household names across the world.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly From July 17th.

The final film in the Dollars trilogy and featuring one of the most famous scores of all time, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly sees Blondie (The Good) team up with Angel Eyes (The Bad) to hunt down Tuco (The Ugly) to collect the bounty on his head. Reinforcing Morricone and Leone’s exceptional abilities to fuse music and cinematography to enhance not only drama, but also subtle shifts in tone and temperament, this film beautifully caps off a trilogy of films that changed cinema forever.


Once Upon A Time In The West From July 24th

With a story devised by Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento, Once Upon a Time in the West is somewhat darker in tone than the previous spaghetti westerns. A young bride arrives in a small town to find that her new husband has been killed and becomes embroiled in the power play that ensues when she inherits her husband’s land. Sparse and dark, Morricone’s score here reflects the many dangers lurking in wait for Claudia Cardinale’s young widow.


The Mission From July 31st.

Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. Lavish, powerful and utterly beautiful, Morricone’s score is vital to the heart of The Mission.


Cinema Paradiso From August 7th.

A joyful classic that celebrates the power and beauty of cinema, it seems appropriate that Morricone, who shaped how cinema sounds for so many years, provided the sweeping, elegant score that accompanies little Toto’s journey from boyhood to manhood by way of his local cinema. A true fan favourite, it’s best enjoyed in the company of film fans in a darkened cinema screen.


Tickets for the Ennio Morricone season at Light House Cinema are now on sale.

To buy tickets, and for more information, visit


Tickets & Special Offers: €9/€7.50 for individual films. Any 5 films for €35. Dollars Trilogy Pass €21.


Edgar Wright House Weekend at Light House Cinema


Light House Cinema has announced that Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be in attendance at the cinema for a live Q&A as part of Edgar Wright House, an exclusive weekend-long event running from 5th – 8th July. The weekend will celebrate Wright’s films in anticipation of the upcoming release of his new film The World’s End on 19th July, a Universal Pictures Ireland release.


By purchasing one of the very limited Edgar Wright House tickets, fans will gain access to a selection of Wright’s films, screening over the course of the weekend at Light House Cinema, with Hot Fuzz showing on Friday, Shaun Of The Dead on Saturday, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on Sunday and finally a live Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on Monday evening. The live Q&A will be preceded by a screening of two episodes of Spaced, the successful Pegg-penned and Wright-directed British television sitcom.


To mark the occasion, Light House Cinema have teamed up with Damn Fine Print Studio and BLOCK T for an exhibition of limited edition Edgar Wright themed screen-printed posters which will be exhibited in the cinema over the course of the weekend. Artists participating in the project are local illustrators Steve Doogan, Steve McCarthy, Ale Mercado, Fatti Burke and Gavin Beattie. Damn Fine Print Studio BLOCK T is a new community based print studio based in Smithfield.


Edgar Wright’s new film The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, follows five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier but unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. The World’s End opens at Light House Cinema on 19th July.


Tickets for Edgar Wright House weekend at Light House Cinema will be available to purchase on Friday 28th June from and are priced at €20. The weekend ticket gives fans access to all of the screenings over the course of the weekend and the live Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on Monday evening.



5th – 8th July at Light House Cinema

Friday 5th              Hot Fuzz

Saturday 6th       Shaun Of The Dead

Sunday 7th           Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Monday 8th         Spaced and Live Q&A with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost


Edgar Wright House weekend tickets cost €20 and include all screenings and Live Q&A.

Limited tickets will be available to purchase on Friday 28th June from

Tickets for individual films not sold separately.

The World’s End opens at Light House Cinema on 19th July.


Artwork by Alan Dunne


John Hughes season at Light House Cinema



Light House Cinema have put together a season of John Hughes movies to be enjoyed on the big screen, starting at the end of May and screening until the end of June.

Responsible for writing some of the most popular screenplays in cinematic history, there is a special place in the hearts of many for John Hughes’ unique brand of 1980s pop film. Though not always covering the weightiest social subjects or even the most complex stories, John Hughes knew how to write characters you could really, deeply care for and dialogue that leapt off the page with wit and style. He also had a unique talent for putting together memorable soundtracks which were in turn adopted by many as the background music to their own dramatic adolescent years.

There is a selection of six films on offer with a new film opening each week. The season begins this week with his sci-fi teen comedyWeird Science and followed by The Breakfast ClubSixteen CandlesPretty In PinkFerris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Fans can see all six films for €42 by purchasing a John Hughes Season Pass which is available when booked in person at the Light House Cinema box-office.


Weird Science [Now Showing]

The Breakfast Club [From Wed 29th May]

Sixteen Candles [From Wed 5th June]

Pretty In Pink [From Wed 12th June]

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [From Wed 19th June]

Planes, Trains and Automobiles [From Wed 26th June]


John Hughes Season

Light House Cinema,

Market Square,

Smithfield, Dublin 7


For more information visit

Illustration by Alan Dunne