Venue Hire

Situated in the centre of Dublin, the Irish Film Institute has both the facilities and experience to cater for any event, whether it is a screening, conference, meeting or seminar.

The Irish Film Institute, home of film in Ireland, opened its doors 27 years in the heart of vibrant Temple Bar. Today known for its curated independent and Irish focused programme, this landmark institution is recognised as one of the most loved, busiest and most dynamic arts organisations in the country. Centrally located in a beautifully preserved 18th century Quaker Meeting House, the IFI offers a picturesque, historic backdrop to any private event. The bright, spacious foyer full of charm, character and atmosphere, coupled with state of the art technology and newly refurbished interiors makes for a truly unique experience.

Throughout the years, we have hosted a variety of events at the IFI, working with corporate organisations, film production companies, independent filmmakers, film clubs and countless other groups. We’ve held private screenings, conferences, trainings, product launches, filming and photo shoots, AGMs, movie premieres, children’s birthday parties, and many other functions (we even had a wedding!) The IFI is a diverse venue location with flexible capabilities to suit any occasion – whether launching a brand, offering staff rewards, highlighting your own work, or arranging a personal gathering – our friendly and competent team work closely with each client to plan and deliver a tailored package for your bespoke event. In addition, we have a meeting room available for a boardroom set up, or multi-purpose space subject to requirements. 


ENQUIRIES

You can find comprehensive details on our venue hire offer below. Once you have reviewed those details and know what you require please fill out this enquiry form. We will get back to you as soon as possible but it may take two days depending on the request. The more information you provide about your event and your requirements, the faster we can help. Please note that this is not a confirmed reservation. Early booking is advised to ensure the date you require is available.

We know that no two events are the same, so if you have any special requirements, we would be happy to accommodate them where possible. Contact John, our Venue Hire Officer, on hire@irishfilm.ie or call 612 9456 to further discuss catering options, bar facilities, event management and the any specific running order details for your event.

As a charity, all of the income that we generate from private hires goes towards our not-for-profit non-commercial activities including our Education Programmes and preserving Ireland’s National Film Archive. By choosing to host your event with us, you are supporting the safeguarding of Irish cinema for future generations to come.


HIRE OPTIONS

We have a number of spaces that can be hired out, choose whichever capacity best suits your needs. Get an idea of the spaces by looking through our gallery.

CINEMA 1: 238 seats

CINEMA 2: 93 seats

CINEMA 3: 61 seats

MEETING ROOM: 10-14 seats

MEZZANINE: up to 40 people (indoor reception area)

TERRACE: up to 60 people (heated outdoor area)

A pre- or post- screening food and drink reception can be added to your hire package, with areas available in our foyer, mezzanine, café bar and outdoor terrace garden. Every event has its own requirements, so our team will provide various catering options to best suit your group. More information about our café bar can be found below.

Irish Film Institute

RATES

Our morning rate card can be viewed here. Afternoon and evening hires are are also available (Monday-Thursday) at specific start times with availability and rates dependent on public programming; fill out the enquiry form to get a quote.

We aim to make things as easy as possible in terms of organizing your event – for additional fees we can help accessing film rights, screening footage from our National Film Archive and arranging private screenings of our current public programme. Simply email hire@irishfilm.ie for details.

These spaces are available FOC or at discounted rates to our Corporate Members. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a Corporate Member click here.

CAFÉ BAR

Amongst our amenities is a café bar located on site. Should you require any catering, our team will put together a variety of food and drink options to suit your needs and budget requirements. We have a full bar and food choices from cinema snacks (popcorn, soft drinks, teas and coffees etc.) to full meals available.

We’ve catered both intimate sit down meals and standing receptions for 258 guests. Some sample menu options can be found here (including finger foods, canapes and set meals) and a sample drinks menu can be found here. Browse our gallery to get an idea of our offerings.

Please note, we do not allow food and drinks from external suppliers to be consumed in the IFI – we will work with you to facilitate all requests. 

GETTING HERE

The venue is centrally located in Temple Bar, very close to many public transport links.

Discounted parking rates are available at Fleet Street Car Park, a 5 minute walk from the venue.

ACCESSIBILITY

Each of our hire spaces is fully wheelchair accessible. Cinema 1 is located on the ground floor and Cinema 2, Cinema 3 and the Meeting Room are serviced by a lift. Our bathroom facilities are also fully accessible.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

We are at the cutting edge of cinematic experience, delivering crisp picture quality and excellent sound, thanks to a combination of our state of the art facilities and our team’s technical knowledge. We have the capacity to screen work on digital (offering beautiful 4K in Cinema 1), 35mm and even boast Ireland’s only 70mm projector. A full list of compatible media can be found here.

For private hire screenings, DCP format works best.

Additional facilities are available for Q&As, panel discussions, conferences and presentations including lecterns, standing mic, roving microphones, the ability to connect a laptop straight to the screen.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

All film materials and presentations must be with us one week before your event to ensure that they can be tested.

All bookings will be confirmed upon the receipt of a 50% deposit. The full amount must be paid before the event takes place. We require at least 14 days’ notice of cancellation; any less than this and you will forfeit your deposit. If the event is cancelled less than 2 days all booking fees are still owed. Full details about our cancellation policy can be found here.

Our Third Party Communication Policy can be found here.

If you would like to enquire about a group booking to one of our public screenings please contact our Box Office on (01) 679 3477.

FAQs


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland