Coming contractions: what the future may hold for cinema

Ireland’s cinemas have lain deserted and shuttered for the past two months. When they eventually reopen, will punters really be eager to share darkened space with strangers? Some leading figures give their thoughts on what happens next

17th May, 2020
Coming contractions: what the future may hold for cinema
Charlene Lydon, the head of programming at Dublin’s Light House, Galway’s Pálás and the VOD platform senses a hunger for people to get back to going to the cinema. Picture: Fergal Phillips

We’re all missing a lot of things right now. People we love or have lost, hugs and handshakes, a sense of time and togetherness. Normality, in a word. In a moment when grandparents can’t cuddle their grandchildren, people are cutting their own hair, and someone with a toothache can’t get a filling re-opening cinemas is perhaps not a priority for most of us.

But it is for me. Lately,...

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