Join film aficionado Brian Henry Martin on an alphabetical odyssey to celebrate the picture palaces of Belfast as part of Film Hub NI's Cinema Day.

In 1910, Belfast’s first proper custom built cinema opened on York Street. The Electric Picture Palace exclusively presented moving pictures, distinct from the theatres and music halls that were previously used. Thus began a century plus love affair between the citizens of Belfast and the big screen. 

Whether it be the usherettes or the ice cream, the film stars or the jam jars. Over the years the city has boasted more than sixty different cinemas – each with it’s own unique attraction and all with iconic names like  The Troxy, The Curzon and The Majestic. 

Please feel free to bring along any memorabilia from the golden age of cinema and especially photographs you are happy to share. Also we do request that you keep your phone ‘switched on’, so that you can play along with co-host Tim Burden on social media and share your cinema experiences, comments and questions ‘live’ during the event – #CinemaDay16

“I fell in love with the glitz of The Ritz, later the ABC and then the Cannon. It was here in the darkness of the cinema, that an exciting new world was opened up to me. Today, I still get goosebumps every time the lights dim and the curtains slowly open.” Brian Henry Martin