The Strand Cinema, now going under the name of Strand Arts Centre, is the last surviving 1930s cinema in Northern Ireland.

It is now a non-profit cultural hub boasting a unique theatre-style main screen and a beautiful new Art Deco foyer. There’s never been a better time to come and see for yourself.

Here’s 9 reasons to stop by…

1. Best of the East

Only minutes from the city centre, but with the best of food and drink to explore at Park Avenue Hotel (movie meal deal available), Belmont Road and Ballyhackamore.

2. Join the party

80 years of the Strand means special events and more… don’t miss the fascinating heritage tours of this local gem.

3. See the biggest blockbusters first!

Movie fans know that the huge theatre-style main screen means you can book ahead so you don’t have to wait for the latest releases.

4. Shared not screened

Classic movies hand-picked for movie fans. Don’t miss the special 35mm screenings throughout the year.

5. Live music

A packed programme of events has included sold out gigs for the likes of Mercury Rev.

6. Movie fans welcome

New Film Unlimited membership cards are great news for movie addicts at just £50 for six months. And family cards offer great value with children included.

7. So much for kids

There are special kids screenings every month. That’s not to mention stage, media and performance classes through nistars.com

8. Non-profit community venue

In the heart of the community, loved for generations and ready to welcome you. First visit? Just ask and staff will be proud to tell you more. Venue hire available.

9. Online and social…be part of it

The Strand’s new ‘Friends of…’ scheme means you can show your support. You can also get involved on Facebook and Twitter @strandartscentr

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