Pat Ryan with Louise Donlon, Ross Keane and Marketa Dowling at the announcement Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
IN a significant boost for both movies lovers and cinema in the city centre, the Belltable has teamed up with the Irish Film Institute to screen films from its programme in the new year.
The venue announced details this week of a new partnership called IFI@Belltable, which will begin in January 2017.
Audiences will now be able to enjoy films directly selected from the IFI’s monthly programme, meaning the best of cultural cinema comes to Limerick at the time of release – starting with Ken Loach’s 2016 Palm D'Or winner I, Daniel Blake.
The night will take place weekly on a Monday from January 9 and replaces the See for Cinema programme that has been running since the Lime Tree took charge of the venue in 2015. The Belltable was given funding in 2011 for the purchase of new digital cinema equipment – to the tune of €75,000 – which is of a similar standard to that used in other cinemas.
Belltable programme manager Marketa Dowling said the partnership was “hugely significant” as it will benefit from the expertise, passion and access that the IFI has to offer.
“We are really excited about our partnership with the IFI. Our audiences will benefit hugely from IFI’s expertise and experience of programming top quality arthouse cinema. We are proud to be presenting the weekly IFI@Belltable programme, bringing the best in cultural cinema into the Mid-West,” she said.
Ross Keane, Director of the IFI, said the new partnership would “bring the best of IFI programmes and films to new audiences in Limerick” and said the IFI was “excited to now have a permanent hub at Belltable, offering weekly IFI programming “at this magnificent venue”.