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      Pálás is a three screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film- Galway.

      Designed by Architect Tom de Paor, Pálás is a concrete monolith, five storey over double-height basement housing a three-screen independent cinema, a beautiful bar and terrace for you to enjoy with your fellow film-lovers. It occupies the garden of a reinstated 1820s merchant house.

      Throughout the building you will discover 22 beautiful resin-coated windows designed by Irish artist Patrick Scott.

      Operated by Element Pictures, the innovators behind Light House Cinema in Dublin, Pálás is an intriguing architectural space for our customers to explore, right in the heart of Galway's Latin Quarter. 

      Join us in bringing Galway’s film community together in a brand new home which will include the best of new and classic films, along with the best of Irish and international independent films.

      So what are you waiting for? Peruse our programme and we look forward to giving you the best cinema experience of your life at Pálás.

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      Light House Cinema

      Opened in 2012 by Element Cinema Group, Light House is one of Dublin's most vibrant cultural spaces with 614 seats across 4 screens including a cafe and subterranean bar built into the framework of an underground car park.

      Their excellent presentation and unique programming style has earned them the reputation as one of the best cinemas in Ireland with accolades from the likes of the Guardian Film Awards (Highly Commended Best Cinema) and ARTINFO (Coolest Cinema in the World).

      Element Pictures

      Ireland’s leading film production company, run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin, London, and Belfast. Working across production, distribution, and exhibition, it is one of the most exciting and innovative companies in the global film industry.

      Element Pictures has brought the best in modern filmmaking to the screen, including Lenny Abrahamson’s Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA winning ROOM, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA winning THE FAVOURITE, and most recently the record breaking television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s NORMAL PEOPLE. Previous productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films, Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language films THE LOBSTER (Jury Prize, Cannes) and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER as well as Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE.

      Volta

      Stream or download the best Irish and international independent films. Volta’s extensive catalogue contains lots of films we’ve shown here in the past, and they often have films to rent on  the same day as we start showing them here. If you’re a fan of indie films (and the type of films we show) then check them out.

      Europa Cinemas

      Founded in 1992 with funding from the MEDIA programme and from the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC), Europa Cinemas is the first film theatre network focusing on European films. Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences.

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