Stella Cinema Announce series of live events to celebrate 100th Birthday

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Stella Cinema Rathmines celebrated its 100th birthday on January 29th 2023, 100 years to the day when the doors first opened to this Dublin cinematic institution. Having originally opened its doors as a 1283 seater picture house and ballroom in 1923, Stella has been an important landmark and community hub for Rathmines and Dublin for a century.

Following its grand reopening in November 2017, the sympathetically restored Stella keeps the spirit of the original 1920’s cinema but with a modern luxurious twist.

To celebrate its centenary year, Stella Cinema will announce some exciting projects launching as part of the birthday year celebrations:

Live Events Series

A series of bespoke live events will take place throughout 2023.  Each event will showcase a feature-length silent era film accompanied by a live score performed and composed by Matthew Nolan. This series of live events will begin with the film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on Wednesday the 8th of March. Tickets for this event can be purchased now at with more of these events to be announced throughout the year.

Membership Program

Stella Cinema is also set to introduce a membership program this year, limited to an exclusive 100 members for 2023. The membership will be priced at €100 and the benefits for members will include special preview screenings, discounted tickets on Tuesdays, a complimentary ticket on the member’s birthday, 10% discount on food and drinks, no booking fee on tickets and advanced booking for select films. A date will be set later in the year for the official launch of the memberships. You can sign up to Stella’s newsletter to be the first to find out more.

Limited Edition Stella Print by Fintan Wall

To mark the occasion of Stella’s 100th birthday, an artwork was commissioned from local artist Fintan Wall to capture the beauty and grandeur of Stella Cinema. Prints of this artwork are available for sale in Stella Cinema for a limited time only priced at €12.

Quote from Karl? These initiatives were announced at Stella Cinema’s birthday celebrations, an elegant party on January 29,Emceed by RTE Lyric FM presenter Aedín Gormley. The event included a short documentary about Stella, both past and present, with contributions from local community members and the team that operate the cinema today, as well as short Buster Keaton film accompanied by a live score by Matthew Nolan.

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