Two cinemas, a film studio, a bar, a restaurant and an information bureau

The Irish Film Society proposed a national film centre for Ireland in 1975. It came up with a plan for a £600,000 complex featuring two cinemas, a film studio, a bar, a restaurant and an information bureau. Designed by architects O'Dwyer and O'Dwyer, a potential premises was located off Griffith Avenue in Dublin.

Ronnie Saunders, honorary secretary of the Irish Film Society, discusses these plans with RTÉ News reporter George Devlin. He regards cinema as the Cinderella of the arts, and while the society has no money to build such a centre, he imagines the state would subvent some of it.

An RTÉ News report from 5 February 1975. 

Irish Film Institute
The Irish Film Institute, which opened in 1992. The photographer was Tom Holton.