Set in the heart of Dingle town, the Phoenix holds a special place in our community. Since its closure, we’ve not only lost a cinema, but a hub of community memories and generational joy.
Everyone has a story of their first time in the Phoenix. Attending dances in the 1940s and 50s when the space hosted the likes of The Troubadours and Rhythm Aces.
For many years, the Phoenix was one of the few remaining independent cinema’s in Ireland. It introduced new generations to a life-long love for films. The cinema has welcomed locals and visitors through its doors to show a wide array of films, from remote and quirky independent movies to the world’s most prolific blockbusters. The ‘video shop’ allowed many of us to bring our love for the cinema into our own homes before streaming sites existed. It hosted Dingle International Film Festival screenings and panels, and richly added to arts appreciation and production in the area.
We are a place famous for the warm welcome we extend to visitors, the landscape's incredible beauty, and our community rich in traditional and contemporary arts, from music and performance, to painting and poetry. And yet, our creative people are lacking a comprehensive location to show their work, and our young people have little access to creative culture.