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The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.





Delighted to announce that one of the Film Limerick Trilogy, of which I was the editor, has been nominated for Best Irish Film at the Kinsale Shark Awards. Gold Winners will be announced at our Awards Dinner Ceremony in Kinsale on Thurs 22nd September 2016.

Congrats to all the team, cast crew and admin.

Fingers crossed for Thursday evening.


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Limerick Film Festival have announced the media partnership with   Limerick’s Fusion Magazine. Headed up by Director and Editor, Michelle Costello, Fusion Magazine will be covering the updates of the festival via their print edition in April as well as their strong social media presence.

Here is a little about the magazine:

Fusion Magazine is a Creative Publication Highlighting the Positive Attributes of Limerick City & County.

Fusion Magazine is centred around local content! We believe everyone has a story and we are here to give an insight to the people of Limerick City & County. Our main focus is to ensure that the people of Limerick know what a gem they live in, full of wonderful and interesting characters, fun and quirky events, delicious mouth-watering foods and an array of bars from the trendy cocktail clubs to the local that serves the characters along with the pints…

So get involved, contact us by email

Their latest edition is now available at all good news agents and stores across Limerick City and County and beyond.

Looking forward to working closely with Michelle and the team to bring all the latest festival updates as they are announced and take place.


Hi All,

Pleased to announce the return of Limerick Insider for a second series on the website

In this months episode we take a look at the popular tourist attractions available in Limerick City and County, including the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, newly refurbished Limerick City Art Gallery and the Adare Heritage Centre to name but a few.

Watch out for our film crew during the coming months as we cover other venues and great events happening in the region.


The new production by Matt Kelly Productions, ‘That’s Limerick’ is launched tonight by the Limerick Communications Office.

Experience some of the best attributes and experiences on offer in this excellently produced video to promote all that is great about Limerick City.

I was delighted to be of some help to Matt and Marion in its production. Well done to them!!


Hi all

Here is episode 10 of Limerick Insider. Nice feeling that we are now in double digits for this programme. Here’s to the next ten!!!

Watch out for our team filming in around Limerick City and County in the coming months.

Here is the October episode of Limerick Insider.


Language Alive Week, Cusile Poetry Festival, Ladies Mini Marathon, Lough Gur StoryTelling, Outbreak Zombie Festival

Hi all,

Limerick Insider is back again detailing the events that have taken place in Limerick City and County for the month of September.

Highlighted this month: Limerick Vintage Rally, Limerick Pride, Heineken West Fest, Arthurs Day and Culture Night. There is also a few shots of the Outbreak Fest featuring a Zombie or two.

If you have a story you would like covered then please contact the crew at 

Here is the july episode of Limerick Insider.

July was another busy month in Limerick with fantastic events like the Pig n Porter Tag Rugby Festival, the Athea Road Races, the Beast of Ballyhoura and the Irish Festival of Speed taking place. There was cause for great celebration in Limerick with the Milk Market winning the prestigious ‘Public Choice Award’ at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2011.

This is the second episode of Limerick Insider, hosted by and produced by Applebox Media.

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