The word ‘lighthouse’ conjures up romantic images.
For me, it’s this iconic photo, brilliantly captured by Jean Guichard, in a particularly violent Winter storm off the Brittany coast in 1989.
I know what you’re thinking. “A cinema in a lighthouse! Hooray!!”
Sadly, there is no actual lighthouse here.
However, as one walks up through Smithfield towards the Lighthouse, you may notice the presence of the Jameson Tower aka ‘The Chimney’, directly opposite the cinema, which looks (at a certain angle, and with a suitable level of inebriation) uncannily like a lighthouse!
Step inside the building and you’re greeted by a multicolour experience, the decor is minimalist with shapes and hues, inspired by Mondrian.
There’s always an interesting and diverse range of films on show here.
From the excellent, gritty, heart wrenching ‘Fish Tank‘ (including many memorable dance scenes) to grandiose confusathons, like the magic surrealism of ‘Synedoche, New York‘ featuring the greatly missed talents of Philip Seymour Hoffmann.
And if music’s your thing, The Lighthouse (also) has your back, as I discovered last year when attending two very different, but equally brilliant musical events.
First up was 70s prog-rock giants ‘Goblin’, playing the score of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ live, to a slightly boozed up enthusiastic crowd of horrorphiles. And shortly afterwards, it was the turn of Goldfrapp to reward her fans with an exclusive concert, playing songs from her new album, as well as some classics from her early days. This was preceded by an intriguing monochrome short film, featuring an evil Doppelgänger.
Shine on, you crazy arthouse cinema.