The Screen Cinema near Trinity College on Hawkins Street is one of Dublin's oldest and most unique movie theatres. As well as mainstream Hollywood movies, the three-screen cinema showcases world cinema along with independent and Irish film. The Screen has a local cult following for these and other reasons, including:
- It often shows films that are not available in any other cinemas in the city
- It has a unique, slightly shabby but authentic and charming interior
Situated at 16-19 Hawkins Street, Dublin 2, the Screen Cinema has been a host venue for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival since its inception in 2003.
At the front of cinema, on Hawkins Street, a cute bronze sculpture of a smiling usher stands outside the doors, directing people to the theatre, torch in hand. His name is Mr. Screen, he was created in 1988 by local sculptor Vincent Browne.
Originally a single screen cinema called the New Metropole (opened in 1972), the auditorium was divided in 1982 to create two additional viewing theatres, with new screens that were suspended from the ceiling. The building was renamed the Screen Cinema, and the intention of the new cinema was to show unusual, independent, and foreign language films rather than Hollywood fare. This unique attitude attracted a cult following to the cinema. The Screen Cinema received a facelift between 2004-2005 when the interior was remodeled for a more modern appearance. The original marquee was replaced with an electronic board displaying the feature films, which remains.
Mister Screen Statue. Image by Sean O'Donnell