Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Picture House


The Light House cinema first opened it's doors in 1988 in an Art Deco building on Middle Abbey Street. It closed in 1996 and ten years later, DTA architects were approached to design a new home for the cinema, backed by government funding. The site chosen was the basement space of an apartment block in Smithfield Square. 

For a building that was designed during the Celtic Tiger, the Light House cinema is impressively economic in its use of space. Visitors circulate, eat, drink, sit in, under and around the negative space created by each of the four screens. Have you ever wondered what happens underneath Screen 1 in the Savoy? The tension between solid and void is emphasised by the architects' choice of materials - black gloss panelling and white rendered walls. Coloured lights in pink, orange, red and yellow, bounce off these surfaces softening the contrast. This lighting scheme, along with an eclectic mix of contemporary plywood and vintage furniture invites cinema-goers to sit in every nook and cranny of the cinema.

Whether intentional or not, the eclectic mix of furniture reflects the wide range of films available for viewing here. Due to high rents, the cinema was forced to close in 2011 and with the help of NAMA and a renegotiated lower rent, it was reopened in early 2012. Part of its continued success since then is in its non-strictly art house selection of films. It now also hosts a wider range of events including book clubs and table quizzes. 

We felt the clean cut spaces and finishes of this cinema would be a perfect backdrop to showcase Irish jewellery designer Lisa McCormack's line, Capulet and Montague. Her pieces are extremely architectural in their execution. Acrylic, perspex and wood are laser cut and are then skilfully hand finished with silver chains, wire mesh and black ribbon. The line includes a variety of torcs, cuffs, earrings and necklaces. We'd love to see what she could do to a pair of sunglasses (hint hint!)

Lisa's design's are soon to be available to purchase on Prowlster - an Irish online lifestyle magazine with a unique buy-it-now button. The website has gone from one success to another since it launched and is updated daily with articles the topics of which range from streetstyle in Cork city to Tayto's new crisp flavoured chocolate! 

A big thank you to the Light House cinema for letting us have the reign of the place, to Lisa for the letting us play dress up and to Prowlster for encouraging our ventures!

Becky wears
grey dungaree jumpsuit - topshop
black long sleeve crop top - topshop
gator hat - courtesy of Tess (go gators)
heels - New Look
gold cuff rings - asos

acrylic torc and wooden torc - Capulet and Montague

Ciana wears - 
new icons leather jacket - h&m
skort - zara
t-shirt - topshop
heeled sandals - zara

acrylic torc, perspex cuff and timber, perspex and acrylic necklace - Capulet and Montague 


  1. Wow, such a beautiful post, the styling is divine and the location couldn't be more perfect to showcase Lisa's stunning pieces! x

  2. thanks a million Sarah! Just discovered The Fair magazine.. great work!x