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Night of 1914 cinema set for Belfast City Hall's big screen

By Amanda Ferguson

A unique cinema experience to mark the centenary of the start of World War I takes place in the heart of Belfast next week.

On Friday, August 8, at 6pm Film Hub NI and Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) present A Night at the Cinema in 1914 in the grounds of City Hall.

The programme of early films, recreating a typical night out at the cinema in 1914, will be shown on the outdoor Big Screen including The Perils of Pauline starring Pearl White, The Rollicking Rajah, Daisy Doodad's Dial and Palace Pandemonium, as well as more sombre contemporary footage.

Film Hub NI project manager Hugh Odling-Smee said: "Film Hub NI are delighted to join forces with the QFT to screen both the BFI's restored version of A Farewell to Arms starring Gary Cooper, perhaps the finest story of love in a time of war, and also screen A Night at the Cinema 1914. It's a fascinating look at what cinema audiences saw 100 years ago, and demonstrates how important cinema was in communicating news, giving entertainment and offering escapism, just as it does now."

Susan Picken, head of QFT, added: "This promises to be a unique experience and one not to be missed."

Period costume is optional. Admission is free, but booking is advised.

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