Thirty years ago, Temple Bar was a tangle of deserted and derelict lanes, completely unrecognisable as the bustling hub it is today. The Irish Film Institute was one of the first cultural centres to move into the area and trigger its regeneration. The IFI has been promoting and screening independent film on Eustace Street for over twenty years. At first glance on the street, you’d never believe such a big centre was contained in a narrow Georgian building, but a walk down the corridor entry brings you into a light filled atrium that forms the heart of the building.
The IFI has three cinemas, as well as a café, bar, and bookshop. Some films are open screenings, while others require membership. You can buy a temporary membership for about € 1 or a full year for € 25. They show both newly released independent films and classics. One of my earliest cinema memories was going to see Alfred Hitchcock films here as a child with my family. There are a host of different screenings and events on every month, from features to festivals like the annual Horrorthon and French language film festival.