Whether you’re into effects-heavy blockbusters or hip art house flicks, you’ll likely still enjoy the vibe at Dublin’s coolest cinema, the Irish Film Institute (IFI). In the center of Dublin’s popular Temple Bar District, the institute is home to a cinema, library, bookshop and café, and hosts an ever-changing roster of independent films, many of which are not shown anywhere else in Ireland.
Not is the IFI the best place in town to catch art house and foreign films, but the institute also champions Irish filmmakers, keeping an archive of Irish films and running events and film festivals to educate cinema-goers in film culture and Irish film heritage.
There’s none of the sticky- floors and crushed popcorn pasted to the seats at the IFI either – film watchers can sip wine in the on-site bar before screenings, or tuck into snacks at the well loved IFI café, before slipping into roomy chairs in one of the institute’s three cinemas. Even the building itself – designed by architects O’Donnel and Tuomey in 1992, has won awards, transformed from a 17th-century Quaker meeting house into a slick urban abode featuring a brick-built central beer garden.