Netflix, don’t get too complacent—Dublin cinemas have a lot to offer when it comes to quality viewing. Underground bars, velvet seats, flattering lighting, and in-house restaurants are among many of the things to love about going to the cinema in this fair city. Furthermore, according to a recent study the movies might be just as good for you as exercise!
Dubliners have a lot of options for movie night and with that in mind, Secret Dublin has condensed a long list down to a few local favourites. A similar ambience to the theatres of yesteryear, ultra-modern elegance, and quality films—the city has it all.
1. Light House Cinema, Smithfield
Light House Cinema in Smithfield has thought of everything when it comes to comfort and entertainment. Striving to become the go-to cinema for locals and tourists alike, this modern cinema also comes with a contemporary mindset. “Parent and Baby” programming takes the pressure off parents, and “Silver Screen” showings include screenings of new releases at discounted rates for movie lovers over 65. Catch the next film at Light House Cinema and don’t forget to stop by the cafe or grab a drink at the basement bar.
📍Market St, Smithfield, Dublin 7
2. The Stella Cinema, Rathmines
Is there anything better than those hasty grabs of popcorn before the lights have even been dimmed? Well yes, a pre or post-show meal at an elegant diner serving up some American classics. If you’re not feeling peckish, you can always hydrate at the cocktail club. When one thinks of Stella Cinemas, they picture the red-velvet seats, classic table lamps, and intimate atmosphere. When you go to see a movie at The Stella Cinema, the movie is not the only main attraction. Turn 90-160 minutes into an afternoon or evening of wining, dining, and entertainment.
📍207, 209 Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
3. The Stella Cinema, Ranelagh
If you are looking for the Stella Cinema 5-star experience elsewhere, you can find it in Ranelagh as well. The Stella Cinema in Ranelagh is a 44-seater theatre located on the lower ground floor of The Devlin. Its focus on screening indie, arthouse, and Irish films sets it apart from its big sister. Cocktails, delicious pizza, and truffle fries are some of the added delights of a movie night at The Stella Cinema. The stylish theatre is also available for private hire with access to an elegent foyer cocktail bar.
📍117-119, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
4. Irish Film Institute , Temple Bar
Showing arthouse, independent films, the National Film Institute (NFI, now IFI) was founded in 1943. It has undergone various periods of reinvention and continues to support overlooked productions and Irish film heritage. Organising film festivals, directors’ retrospectives, thematic programmes, and other special events, the Irish Film Institute is the beating heart of alternative cinema experiences in Dublin.
📍6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
5. Retro Drive-In Movies, Leopardstown Racecourse
Awarded “Cinema Experience of The Year 2022” by the Irish Hospitality Awards, Retro Drive-In Movies is one of those nostalgic activities that’s hard to resist. The possibility of pulling up in your car, ordering a buttery bag of popcorn and watching a classic like Back To The Future is a privilege to have on your doorstep. At Leopardstown Racecourse they’ve been doing it right since 2016 with retro food and showing film favourites.
📍Leopardstown Racecourse, M50 Exit 15 (Carrickmines Exit Carpark G, Carmanhall and Leopardstown, Dublin
6. Brooks’ Private Cinema
If you’re looking for the perfect venue for a family occasion, training session, film screening or presentation, Brooks Private Cinema is a luxurious, private screening room. Accommodating up to 26 guests in stylish leather seating, this stunning theatre is located in Brooks Hotel—dining and overnight packages can be arranged.
📍59 Drury St, Dublin 2
7. Movies @ Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre
You are not only going to the cinema if you’re going to Movies @ Dundrum. Forming part of Dundrum Shopping Centre, the modern cinema is in close proximity to all your favourite shops, fabulous restaurants, and food trucks. Only about 20 minutes on the Green Line from the city centre, Movies @ Dundrum is a must for a wholesome afternoon or evening out.
📍Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Dublin 16
8. ODEON, Dublin
ODEON cinemas have got your back if you’re looking for comfort and convenience. With four cinemas in Dublin alone, ODEON’s sleek auditoriums and welcoming team have made an impression on Irish cinemagoers. The established brand is part of AMC Theatres and the latest cinema technology remains synonymous with it. Offering next-level cinema viewing, ODEON is the kind of picturehouse you seek out for watching the latest blockbusters
📍Blanchardstown Road South, Dublin, 15 📍Charlestown Leisure Building St., Margaret’s Road, Dublin 11 📍Point Village, Dublin 1 📍84 Malahide Rd, Northside, Coolock