It’s been 120 years since the first ever film was shown in Northern Ireland give or take an hour and a half.

To mark the occasion Film Hub NI is holding the first ever Cinema Day in Northern Ireland. It will be held across 24 hours on Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29.

Organisations across NI will host fantastic film events, both acknowledging the rich film heritage we have and celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from commercial venues to small film clubs and all those in-between.

Incidentally the first film ever shown in Northern Ireland was in The Alhambra in Belfast’s North Street.

We’ve picked out some events to look out for in Belfast…

Further information is available from

Second Chance Cinema

An alternative documentary about documentaries, pieced together from the rich history of left-field, cinematic documentaries made by Northern Irish film makers. The event takes place in The Pavilion on Ormeau Road.

Movie House Cinemas

Jam jar screenings of Bambi at Cityside/Yorkgate, Coleraine and Glengormley.

Queen’s Film Theatre

£1 classic matinees including The Quiet Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Cinema Paradiso.


Strand Arts Centre

Heritage tour and The Last Picture Show.

Black Box

George Orwell double bill – Animal Farm and 1984.

Seedhead Arts

Faculty lecture with Helen Sloan, principle stills photographer on Game of Thrones.


Helen Sloan

Belfast Film Festival

The A-Z of Belfast Cinemas with Brian Henry Martin.

New Notions

From the Sea to the Land Beyond – silent film screening and live accompanying score from Belfast Music Club.

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