Microcinema, Dún Laoghaire

For Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, 2012

This project for a temporary cinema on the East Pier of Dún Laoghaire Harbour came out of the Developing Cultural Capacity in Dún Laoghaire Strategy which identified a temporary cinema as a means to draw the wealth of film work being done in the county out into the public realm. Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company offered to fund the development of the project with a view to realising it in 2012.

The Microcinema is designed to be a gathering place during the day when it functions as an open stepped landscape linking the two levels of the pier where people can hang-out and eat ice-cream. The timber structure also functions to frame views out to the forty-foot and Martello Tower. At night it is enclosed in fabric and works as a cinema hosting a festival of classic and art-house films.

Research at the Irish film Archive has unearthed a wealth of historic film on and around Dún Laoghaire including footage shot by the Lumiere Brothers Company in 1897 and amateur footage of the construction of the Kish lighthouse in the 1960s. It was intended to feature these films alongside classics like On the Waterfront.