The Screen. A cinema that looks like it would be more at home in Marty McFly’s 1955 hometown Hill Valley, than the Dublin of 2013.
It sits on the corner of Townsend Street and Hawkins Street, its glowing red neon lettering inviting us to sample the celluloid delights within.
The Screen is not one of those new fangled high tech enormodomes. It’s an ’indie’ cinema in character and this is part of its charm. On an unseasonably wet day last Summer, we had planned to go see Matthew McConaughey’s latest flick ‘Mud‘, but the showing was unexpectedly cancelled. Unphased, the staff offered us free entrance to any of the other movies that were showing that evening, plus a small bottle of wine each (that worked out well!).
And our replacement film was also a surprise. I had dismissed Ryan Gosling as a pretty boy actor with more style than substance. How wrong I was. In ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’, he excels as a drifter, trying to find his way in life. It’s an intriguing heartfelt tale, with jaw-dropping cinematography and a spellbinding soundtrack from Mike Patton.
Not content to sit on their laurels, The Screen also host live HD screenings of the Bolshoi Ballet and Opera from the Met, adding another string to their bow. I sometimes wonder if this charming little cinema can survive in a world of short attention spans and Marvel Blockbusters. Indeed there have been rumblings in recent years about redeveloping this part of the inner city. But for now, The Screen is safe. Long may it prosper.