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Major Fundraising Campaign Launched by the IFI Ahead of Refurbishment Project
10 Jun 2019 : News Desk
The IFI's Name Your Seat drive
The fundraising initiative comes ahead of a major refurbishment project on the Irish Film Institute’s (IFI) two main cinema spaces in August.

The campaign sees the IFI seeking support from the general public, its friends and its members via text and online donations. Individuals and businesses can also put their names to seats in the IFI’s soon-to-be-renovated Cinema One with the ‘Name Your Seat’ drive. 

Donations can be given via www.ifi.ie/donate, by texting IFI to 50300 to give €4*, or via https://shop.ifi.ie/nameyourseat/. The public can also support the work of the IFI by becoming IFI Members or Friends and they can, in turn, avail of a number of benefits, including discounts, free tickets and preview screenings. 

Since opening in 1992, the IFI has welcomed over four million visitors who have enjoyed the very best in Irish and international cinema, and attended events with the likes of Juliette Binoche, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kenneth Branagh, Mike Leigh, Carol Morley and Jim Sheridan.

Situated in an 18th century former Quaker Meeting House, the two main cinema spaces are in urgent need of renovation, along with the Institute’s foyer roof. The refurbishment plan will incorporate brand-new premium seats, extended leg room, new carpets and acoustic panelling.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, IFI Director Ross Keane said: 

“As the Home of Film in Ireland, we pride ourselves in delivering programmes of excellence, but we now need our facilities to match these high standards. As a registered charity and not-for-profit, we are looking to the public and our loyal audience to assist us in undertaking these critical works, and to support the work that we do as Ireland’s national cultural institution for film across our broad remit of film exhibition, education and preservation. We hope that these improvements will help drive our box office income which, in turn, gets reinvested back into our various education programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds, and helps us to preserve Ireland’s National Film Collection.”

Whilst much of the funds are already in place, the IFI needs further support to complete the works as the age of the building means that ongoing maintenance and structural costs are, and will be, substantial.




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