The Droichead Arts Centre film club started in Drogheda in Sept 2001 after a short pilot season organised by Donagh McCarthy and Matthew Stout in the now closed Oscar Cinema on Bolton Street.
The first screening in Droichead was the French film Amelie starring the wonderful Audrey Tautou.
The aim of the film club was simple - to bring quality cinema from around the world to Drogheda. Sixteen years and over 400 films later the film programme is still going strong.
Droichead now shows approximately 20 films per year split into two seasons - spring and autumn. Currently the film club has 40 members, and audiences at film screenings are made up of club members and other film buffs out there.
Tickets: €8 | Members: 5 films €25 |
In addition to this in 2007 Droichead started The Silver Screen Club.
Aimed at an older age group, the club shows day time screenings free of charge, which are a mix of old classics and contemporary films, once a month during the two seasons.
On average between 70 -100 attend, with tea/coffee and biscuits served pre-film.
In recent years Drogheda has become known for supporting and developing innovative young film makers and in their current season, they are delighted to showcase some of the best Irish movies made in the last year.
Upcoming special screenings in February include:
A Date for Mad Mary | 14 Feb | 8:00pm |
The screening will be followed by a post film discussion with director/writer Darren Thornton and co-writer Colin Thornton. The discussion will be facilitated by SJ McArdle (Musician, singer/songwriter, composer, member of KERN).
Sanctuary | 21 Feb | 8:00pm |
This screening is presented in association with access>CINEMA as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Film Tour, and will feature a post-film Q&A with the film's director Len Collin, and members of the Sanctuary cast.
“ Best night of the week in Drogheda? Tuesday film club night! Meeting up with pals in the cosy bar for chat and glass of wine, then seeing the best international and Irish movies of all genres in a comfy and friendly place! What's not to love about film club?”
- Patricia Delany, Droichead Film Club Member for 10 years.