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Northern Ireland interior designer mum creates her own home cinema

When the pandemic prevented interior designer Jacqueline Hamilton and her family from going out to see films, she decided to bring the movies to her own basement. Stephanie Bell on a dream project

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Jacqueline Hamilton shows off her cinema bar inspired by the judges’ desk on Strictly Come Dancing

Jacqueline Hamilton shows off her cinema bar inspired by the judges’ desk on Strictly Come Dancing

Dulcie Maguire (12) and cousin Daisy Hamilton (13) enjoy their favourite Disney movies at the home cinema

Dulcie Maguire (12) and cousin Daisy Hamilton (13) enjoy their favourite Disney movies at the home cinema

The basement was used as a storage room before being transformed into a
cinema

The basement was used as a storage room before being transformed into a cinema

Jacqueline Hamilton shows off her cinema bar inspired by the judges’ desk on Strictly Come Dancing

A movie-buff family from Co Down are enjoying their own silver screen experience during lockdown after designing a cinema in their basement. Interior designer Jacqueline Hamilton (45), and her quantity surveyor husband Tony (53), have brought their family up to share their love for all things celluloid.

Many days and nights out have been spent at the cinema, enjoying favourite films like Star Wars and Jumanji.

Before lockdown the couple loved heading to their regular cinema haunt, the Omniplex in Downpatrick, accompanied by son Rudi (15), daughter Daisy (13) and niece Dulcie Maguire (12).