Launch of a unique cinema, showing only one movie – the John Ford classic The Quiet Man
Fans of the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movie, The Quiet Man, are in for a treat this summer.
Every year visitors flock to the village of Cong in the west of Ireland where the movie was made to walk in the footsteps of the stars and visit the real life film locations. From this weekend, enthusiasts of the movie, known locally as Quiet Man Crazies, can watch the movie in a unique, intimate cottage cinema where the only movie showing is The Quiet Man!
“It is very surreal” says Lisa Collins, Tour Guide at The Quiet Man Museum, “to watch the movie and to be literally sitting in the location where some of the scenes in the movie were filmed. I’m obviously a Quiet Man Crazy myself and it is amazing to see the movie projected on such a large screen – I must have watched the movie hundreds of times in my life, but watching it in The Quiet Man Cinema I have seen details in the movie that I have never seen before.”
Gerry & Margaret Collins, the owners of The Quiet Man Museum Cinema, put on the first showing of The Quiet Man on Saturday, 18 May. “The Quiet Man has a cult following” says Gerry Collins “apparently every minute of every day somewhere in the world someone is watching Cong in The Quiet Man. The movie is loved by people all over the world, especially those of Irish ancestry.”
“We have always been delighted to welcome film fans to Cong” says Margaret Collins “and we are very excited that they can now watch the movie up close and personal by cinema projection. It is of course a cottage cinema so seating is limited as it is an intimate venue. All we need now is the popcorn!”
Film fans will also be able to watch a revealing documentary on the movie called John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man, which was produced by Se Merry Doyle and narrated by Gabriel Byrne, featuring heartfelt discussions with Maureen O’Hara, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan, as well as original home-movie footage of the cast and crew during filming. The film recounts stories from people who still remember how Hollywood came to the West of Ireland and changed their lives forever.
The Quiet Man will be shown every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 4.30pm in June and September and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening at 4.30pm in July and August. John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man will be shown every Sunday evening at 4.30pm in June and September and every Wednesday and Sunday evening at 4.30pm in July & August.
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