Irish Film Institute
Irish Film Institute
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A popular cinema in Temple Bar.
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Neighborhood: Temple Bar
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  • Jervis • 5 min walk
  • Four Courts • 8 min walk
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles145 reviews
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Very good
48
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Christine E
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I love the Irish Film Institute! Tucked inside a narrow doorway on an unassuming side street, it opens into a lively gathering space with tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy simple faire such as coffee and pastries (and I think alcohol) while you’re waiting for your movie to start. If you prefer a more varied dining experience, there is also a restaurant off to the side of the “inner sanctum.” IFI screens are both large and small, depending on the theater in which your chosen movie is being shown. From classic to first run films, the IFI is a reasonably priced venue right in the heart of the action on the south side of the River Liffey, abutting the well known Temple Bar area. 🎥
Written March 8, 2024
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Ritan M
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Overpriced, terrible food and service. I was astounded to be charged €14,50 for a lunchtime film. Afterwards, I gave up on the coffee queue, there was so long to wait and the staff were unhelpful to the point of hostile. They had a list of patisseries, cakes and pies, but there were none of them in stock. Food in the restaurant is dreadful - awful greasy little chips, overpriced burgers, slow to non-existent service. This used to be my favourite restaurant - I don't know when things went so abruptly downhill, but what used to be an affordable menu with excellent, flavoursome and varied food has been replaced with generic, overpriced and unappealing options.
Written December 15, 2023
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Paulette K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Yesterday, I bought one of the few remaining tickets for screen 1 to watch Oppenheimer, but unfortunately, the front row seating arrangement has the screen virtually on your lap that it's impossible to watch the movie (or decipher text) without severe strains to your neck and eyes.
Even if you realise this fact within 5 minutes and decide to leave, no refunds or referrals (or even vouchers) are permitted by IFI management.
Despite being advised about the close proximity of the screen, these SEATS are ridiculous and NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!
It's ironic that the venue calls itself the Irish Film Institute, Ireland’s national cultural institute for film, yet the front rows (and possibly the second and third rows) have such an impractical layout.

Extremely disappointing for a regular IFI visitor now to be LightHouse goer.
Written August 6, 2023
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Sharon
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
This cinema used to be one of my favs. Comfy cinema seating, it would be 5 stars except for it seems to be a new thing to copy the multiplexes and turn the lights on full at the start of the end credits. There were things happening in the credits of Corsage that the full lights took away from, it is also I feel not showing due respect to the artists involved or to patrons who use the end credits as part of the movie to digest what has gone before. Please IFI return to dimmed lighting during the credits.
Written January 3, 2023
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PaddyVA
Drumcondra, Ireland40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
The once grandeur of art house cinema in Dublin - it still holds up in spite of the modern surge of more eloquent designed theaters of recent times spread across the city. A cultural threshold that set the bar on what a cinema could offer to the most curious of film buffs and to the ordinary punter. The IFI will always remain a treasure amongst Dubliners but runs the risk of lagging behind some of its more contemporary counterparts.
Written December 11, 2019
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Stefania
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Great selection of films, great vibe altogether. My favourite spot to watch a movie in Dublin. Check for festivals and special screenings.
Written November 19, 2019
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Connor M
Glasgow, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It's an old building, but it none the less is a nice place to see films. I saw 'Holiday' here and found the cinema rewarding and friendly. The shop is also good too. Small yet very cosy.
Written August 18, 2019
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FriendllyUKTraveller
Brighton, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The cinema is housed in a wonderful old building with an interesting approach and atmospheric foyer and interior. The infrastructure is the complete opposite of the hideously dull out of town cinemas that are now so common. The auditoriums are sympathetically modern though with amazingly spacious and comfortable seating along with digital projection, decent sized screens and good sound. There is an on-site restaurant that we didn’t eat in - but the menu and atmosphere looked good. Would highly recommend over any ‘modern’ cinema.
Written August 15, 2019
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michaelrI269RV
Arbroath, United Kingdom7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
If you like traditional cinema environment and art house movies alongside some of the latest blockbusters, this is the place. There is also a decent cafe and bar. Even the building is an attraction...cinema I was in had a door halfway up the wall! I found it friendly and unfussy, which I liked.
Written June 4, 2019
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Sharpattack
Ireland272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is one place where you are likely to see non-mainstream films, particularly foreign language films. However, with the exception of the main theatre it can be rather dispiriting. Seating is quite uncomfortable and some of the screens are very small. The cafe in the entrance is grand
Written March 25, 2019
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