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Light House Cinema to be reopened ‘officially’ tomorrow

Arts Minister and head of Element Pictures to attend photocall to confirm that the distribution company is taking over the arthouse venue.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THE REOPENING OF the Light House Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin is to be made official tomorrow.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan is to attend the announcement tomorrow morning at the cinema on Smithfield Square at 9am. The photocall is being organised by new managers of the cinema, Element Pictures. While Element staff would not comment on the Light House last Friday when contacted by TheJournal.ie, the company’s Twitter account said “negotiations are ongoing”.

However, TheJournal.ie was able to confirm last Friday that the Light House would indeed be reopening, at the very least to hold screenings for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Element Pictures also released a recruitment advertisement last Friday, looking for “a limited number of full and part-time cinema operatives” to work in a “new  city centre cinema”.

Tomorrow’s photocall will also be attended by James Hickey, the head of the Irish Film Board; Element Pictures director Andrew Lowe; and Fionnuala Sweeney, head of the Film and International Arts for the Arts Council.

The cinema, which had been heralded as a shining light in the regeneration of the Smithfield area, closed down last April. Local TD Joe Costello had said last year that the cinema’s closure would turn the Smithfield area into “a ghost town” and a Facebook campaign was launched to try to save the cinema.

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