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 30 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 photoshoots, 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. 


You can find comprehensive details on our venue hire offer below. Once you have reviewed those details and know what you require, please email  hire@irishfilm.ie. We will get back to you as soon as possible but please note that a minimum of 3 weeks notice is required for any venue hire 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, including catering options, bar facilities, event management and 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.


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.

Follow the image below to our venue hire gallery:

Irish Film Institute


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. 


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

The Fleet Street Car Park is a 5 minute walk from the venue.


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.


For private hires, we require films to be supplied on DCP or Blu-Ray.

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.


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.


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland