Belfast Telegraph

Video: Cinema Day will be a celebration of Northern Ireland's 120 year film heritage

By Kirsten Elder

Lights, camera, action! Northern Ireland gets set for their very own Cinema Day to celebrate our county’s love affair with the silver screen.

It’s almost exactly 120 years since The Alhambra in Belfast’s North Street played host to the first ever moving image screened in Northern Ireland.

Organised by Film Hub N.I., there is something for everyone over the two-day cinema celebration.

From £1 cinema tickets at the QFT (Queen’s Film Theatre), to a special screening of Joe Dante’s 1987 Innerspace put on by Banterflix in Omagh Movie Club or a lecture by Helen Sloan, stills photographer on the much-loved HBO hit series Game Of Thrones.

Sara Gunn Smith of Film Hub NI said, “We’re delighted to be presenting the first ever Cinema Day in Northern Ireland as it provides the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the incredible 120-year-old cinema heritage we have in this part of the world, as well as showcasing the great work of Film Hub NI members.

Screenings, talks and family events are taking place in Belfast, Glengormley, Omagh, Enniskillen, Coleraine and Portrush, so there is plenty of opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the magic of the silver screen in all its glory.

It’s also an opportunity to visit new venues, find out about the film industry and learn about film heritage. We hope to see you there!”

Events will take place all over Northern Ireland from Sunday 28- Monday 29 August, for more information visit


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