Date set for open­ing of new Light House

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The ea­gerly awaited re­birth of Dublin’s Light House cin­ema is now con­firmed for May 9th. The new Light House at Smith­field is a cus­tom- built, four-screen cin­ema with a 614-seat ca­pac­ity – 277 in the largest au­di­to­rium, and seat­ing for 153, 116 and 68 in the oth­ers.

“The four screens will al­low for enor­mous flex­i­bil­ity in terms of pro­gram­ming, de­liv­er­ing a greater choice and di­ver­sity of films to in­vig­o­rate the cul­tural cin­ema land­scape in Ire­land,” prom­ise Neil Con­nolly and Maretta Dil­lon, who also ran the orig­i­nal Light House on Mid­dle Abbey Street un­til it closed in 1996. The new venue prom­ises “stun­ning, imag­i­na­tive ar­chi­tec­ture, mak­ing Light House at Smith­field the most unique of cin­ema spa­ces”.

Says ar­chi­tect Colin Mackay: “The or­gan­i­sa­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of screens will al­low pa­trons to walk over, un­der and around the forms, af­ford­ing an al­ter­na­tive and dra­matic cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Two of the open­ing pre­sen­ta­tions are set. Honey­drip­per, the new John Sayles film, is set in 1950s Alabama, when a road­house owner (Danny Glover) hires a young blues gui­tarist (Gary Clark Jr) to re­vive busi­ness.

Ar­gen­tine di­rec­tor Lucía Puenzo’s XXY deals with a 15-year-old her­maph­ro­dite, whose par­ents try to avoid the prob­lem, be­fore a se­ries of events fi­nally forces them to con­front it in this sub­tle yet un­flinch­ing film. www.light­house­cin­ema.ie

The Ar­gen­tine drama XXY will usher in the open­ing of Light House at Smith­field

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