The Irish Film Institute has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise €10,000 but also to trigger a matched funding pledge from a key donor what will be worth an additional €84,000.
Throughout this year the IFI in Temple Bar has been refurbishing its two cinemas and doing other remedial and structural work on the premises.
The 18th-century building where the Institute has been since 1992 is a former Quaker Meeting House.
Grant support has been provided towards the €1 million cost of the work but fundraising has been required to meet the balance.
One of the funders offered a match funding challenge grant of €84k. €70k of this has already been met through various donations and the final stage will hopefully gather pace through the smaller donations of cinema fans and friends of the IFI.
New auditoria for the cinemas with premium seats, improved legroom, new carpets and acoustic panelling have been completed.
Phase 2 includes repairs to the roof and critical structural works.
The IFI is looking for donations from €10 to €500 with a range of benefits applicable to each level. These range from cinema tickets to memberships and even the naming of a seat in the cinema.
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