It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For the entire month of December Light House Cinema is a specialist independent cinema in Smithfield, Dublin. Their eclectic schedule includes feature films, shorts, classics, foreign language ... More is dedicated to spreading Christmas cheer and giving their audience a fun and festive space to celebrate with friends and family and enjoy all of your favourite Christmas films on the big screen. From classics like It’s a Wonderful Life to 80’s action in Die Hard to more modern heartwarmers such as Elf, Light House Cinema is really excited to present their Naughty or Nice season for 2017.
Season highlights include:
Dec 1st Nakatomi Tower 80’s Office Party + Die Hard screening. Party 9pm, Film 10.45pm
Dec 16th 9.15pm丨Dec 22nd 10.45pm
What is the meaning of Christmas? Family? Parties? Saving an office party from German terrorists? All of the above? John McClane crashes his ex-wife’s office Christmas party and unwittingly becomes the action hero the world had been waiting for. Bring your mates, grab a beer and get ready for the greatest Christmas action film ever.
Elfeoke Dec 8 9.30pm
Dec 2nd 1.00pm 丨Dec 16th 12.30pm丨Dec 21st 1.30pm丨Dec 23rd 2.00pm
Everybody’s favourite outrageously over-enthusiastic elf, Buddy is here again this year to spread Christmas cheer to even the most curmudgeonly cotton-headed ninny-muggins’ out there! And join Light House Cinema on Dec 9th for a screening of the film followed by big screen Elfeoke party!
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec 3rd 3.20pm / Dec 12th 8.30pm /丨Dec 20th 8.30pm/ Dec 21st 8.45pm/ Dec 22nd 8.00pm/ Dec 23rd 8.30pm
Light House Cinema can’t be alone in feeling that Christmas does not truly kick off until they’ve watched Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life at least once. One of the most emotionally resonant and beautifully realised films of all time gives James Stewart the defining role of his career as George Bailey, a man who finds happiness when all his carefully laid out life plans fall by the wayside.
The Muppets Christmas Carol
Dec 4th 6.30pm 丨Dec 9th 2.30pm 丨Dec 10th 1.00pm / Dec 17th 6.30pm / Dec 23rd 4.10pm
We all love Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol but we love it even more when The Muppets take over and sprinkle their energetic tunes and inimitable sense of humour to the classic tale. Join Light House Cinema for the most fun you can possibly have in Victorian London and of course you’re welcome to sing along!
Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec 5th, 7.15pm
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.
Dec 2nd 15.15 pm 丨Dec 7th 20.30pm 丨Dec 10th 15.00pm 丨Dec 19th 20.30pm 丨Dec 21st 18.00pm
One of the most popular films of the Christmas season, this year you’re invited to join Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth and get ready to feel Christmas in your fingers and feel Christmas in your toes. Christmas is is all around you in Richard Curtis’ Love, Actually.
Dec 3rd 12.45pm / Dec 17th 2.00pm 丨Dec 20th 6.00pm / Dec 21st 3.40pm
Ah, Kevin McAllister – not everyone would have the nerve to stand up to Joe Pesci but young Macauley Culkin takes him on with a series of genius, innovative, and increasingly painful DIY techniques in the classic comedy for all the family.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Dec 17th 4.30pm
Join the formidable Kevin McAllister as he makes cool New York friends like Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker and er, Donald Trump and bumps into old enemies Harry and Marv.
It’s about time Light House Cinema presented both Home Alone and its equally mischievous sequel back to back for you to enjoy over the Christmas season.
** Presented as a double bill with Home Alone.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Dec 11th 6.30pm / Dec 16th 3.30pm / Dec 23rd 6.10pm
There’s a devilish pleasure and a painful hilarity to watching the plans of Clark Griswold go awry. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of the favourite Christmas films and Light House Cinema is bringing it back to the big screen this year. So much fun for the whole family!
Dec 15th 9.15pm/ Dec 19th 6.00pm
It just simply wouldn’t be Christmas without Gremlins. The embodiment of naughty AND nice, Gizmo and his gang of mischievous monsters are coming to Light House Cinema for two shows this Christmas so don’t miss them on the big screen!
Hollywood Babylon: Lethal Weapon
Dec 9th 10.45pm
You can’t spell CHRISTMAS without Lethal Weapon!
Kick off the christmas season in style with Hollywood Babylon’s 35mm screening of Lethal Weapon, celebrating 30 years of this action comedy seasonal classic. Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) hates christmas (because his wife died) and the only thing can turn his frown upside down this festive season is the friendship of his partner Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and a whole heap of justified ass-kicking.
Trust us you are not too old for this shit!
Dec 10th 6.00pm/ Dec 16th 3.00pm
The classic musical features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney and is perfect Christmas viewing with its beautiful setting, lively musical numbers and whimsical sense of joy. Perfect escapism in the lead-up to the big day.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Dec 2nd 10.45pm
If you’ve had enough joy and good tidings this Christmas season, we’ve got just the cure with a late-night screening of Finnish cult horror film Rare Exports, a not so merry twist on the folklore of Santa Claus and his elves. Don’t bring your kids!
The Snowman (1982)
Dec 9th, 4.30pm
On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. An animated classic for the whole family that looks and sounds beautiful on the big screen.
Tickets for this screening are only €5
Sleepless in Seattle
Dec 3rd 6.10pm / Dec 28th 6.00pm
Set over the Christmas period and all the way to Valentine’s Day; bask in the glory of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan falling in love over the course of one gorgeous 90’s winter. Not quite a Christmas film but certainly one to enjoy cosied up in a comfy cinema with a glass or two of mulled wine.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker
17th Dec 3.00PM
A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker remains a treasure not to be missed!
Cinema Book Club: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Dec 18th, 6.30pm
Continuing their foray into the books of JK Rowling, this Christmas, Cinema Book Club is reading and watching the SECOND in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This screening is open to Harry Potter fans of all ages.
Read the book, then join them for screening, merriment and an informal discussion of both book and film in the Light House Cinema bar.
New Year’s Eve: Sunset Boulevard
Dec 31st 3.00pm
Whatever your New Year’s Eve plans are, we sincerely hope you have a better time than William Holden at Norma Desmond’s New Year’s Eve “party” in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. A big-screen classic, kick off your New Year’s Eve antics with this rare big-screen outing of this classic film noir.
Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala
Dec 31st 4.00pm
Light House Cinema will present LIVE the annual New Year’s Eve Concert from the Berlin Philharmonic, this year conducted be Sir Simon Rattle and sung by renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce Didonato.
Tickets and a full list of the Naughty or Nice Season of Films can be found at the Light House Cinema Website.
Season artwork by Artist Chris Judge