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The Phoenix Cinema, Dingle


Dingle Hub, Cúilín, Dingle, County Kerry - V92 P9NX

The Phoenix Cinema, Dingle

Save the Phoenix Cinema is a campaign run by Ionad Phoenix CLG to secure the future of the Phoenix Cinema in Dingle, Co Kerry as a cinema and community space.

We are a collective of residents on the Dingle Peninsula who are passionate about cinema and the arts and mandated by a large group to fundraise and purchase our beloved cinema for the community and transform it into an active cinema and arts centre for celebrating a mix of contemporary arts, culture, heritage, education and language, right in the heart of Corca Dhuibhne.


The campaign to save the Phoenix Cinema involves many people living on the Dingle Peninsula, our diaspora and anyone that has a love for Dingle, Kerry, film and the arts. When the news was announced that the cinema would close for good there was dismay throughout West Kerry. In late December 2021 a decision was made to form a group and gather support for the campaign to sauve the facility for the town, our community, our children, our visitors, and for future generations to actively partake in the arts.

where your money goes

Ionad Phoenix CLG is made up of a volunteer committee, currently all funds raised go directly into our efforts to transform the privately owned Phoenix Cinema into a publically owned community space, this includes fundraising to purchase the building, business and strategic reports and plans, and practical elements such as engineering reports and other fees associated with running a CLG (company limited by gurarantee). 


Dingle's Phoenix Cinema was always more than just a picture house...

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.