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The theatre in the capital is opening its doors for the first time since the pandemic hit and is returning with a bang.

Light House Dublin and Pálás Galway have revealed today that they will resume service with safety measures in place from next week.

Despite the government rolling back plans last week to reopen pubs and nightclubs, cinemas have been given the go-ahead to welcome customers back and next Monday (27 July) both cinemas will be showing a selection of films again.

Their new programme is filled with classics and a few surprises.

It includes the new release of the dark indie comedy Saint Frances, a 40th-anniversary screening of The Empire Strikes Back and the black and white edition of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.

For those looking to indulge in some classics, they’ve got films scored by the legendary Ennio Morricone alongside a big selection of flicks from Studio Ghibli and a rescheduled David Lynch season.

Cinema Book Club will also be hosting a screening of Clueless based on Jane Austen’s Emma.

What’s more is they’ll have some live Q&As with Lorcan Finnegan (Vivarium), Neasa Hardiman (Sea Fever) and Lola Petticrew and Fionn O’Shea (Dating Amber) following special screenings of their recent Irish films.

Charlene Lydon, who is Head of Programming for Element Cinema has said, “It has been a very long four months for lovers of cinema.”

“For me, nothing can beat a trip to the cinema, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share a cinema experience again when we open our doors on July 27. Our programme is bursting with fun stuff to lure you back to the magic of the big screen while our staff have been working tirelessly to figure out how to keep you safe and comfortable when you visit so all you need to worry about is how big a popcorn to get (answer: the biggest!). Welcome back!”.

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Photo: Neon

Words: Dylan Murphy 
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