Cinephile Paradiso will hit a great milestone this September as it marks its first birthday. The classic cinema discussion group, founded by Mikey Whelan and Holly Buckley, has thrived and formed a welcoming and passionate community of cinema lovers over the past year.

Cinephile Paradiso began its journey last September with the aim to gather the Galway film community together (no better place than the UNESCO City of Film) and encourage the discussion of cinema. Kicking off with Alfred Hitchcock’s reknowned thriller, Rear Window, Cinephile Paradiso continued showcasing classics such as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Sunset Boulevard, Dr Strangelove, Bonnie and Clyde and much more.

They didn’t stop there; Cinephile Paradiso also collaborated with the Silent Cinema on Dominic Street numerous times over the year bringing events like ‘The Haunted Nickelodeon’, a night of the first ever horror films on screen, and ‘The Look of the Irish,’ in collaboration with Galway City Council, which explored Ireland’s earliest cinematic representations.


Now, as they celebrate their first anniversary, Cinephile Paradiso invites you to join them on September 7th at Pálás Cinema for a special screening of Hitchcock’s spine-chilling horror, The Birds, a tribute to the group’s first screening and the film’s 60th anniversary. The screening will be followed by a discussion in the bar (as usual). Also, the award-winning Connemara Brewing Company will be hosting a beer tasting for all ticket holders to mark this special occasion.

The celebration doesn’t stop here. Cinephile Paradiso will continue with their regular programme at Pálás Cinema on the first Thursday of every month. On October 5th, they will be screening House of Usher – the 1960 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s beloved story starring Vincent Price.


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