Majestic Cinema

208 Lisburn Road,
Belfast, BT9 6GD

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Union Cinema Co. Ltd.

Architects: John McBride Neill

Functions: Church

Styles: Art Deco

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Majestic Cinema

Located in south Belfast, the Majestic Cinema was built for an independent, but was sold to the Union Cinemas chain. It opened on 25th May 1936 with Shirley Temple in "Curly Tops".

The cinema certainly lived up to its name. It was designed by Belfast architect J. McBride Neill in an Art Deco style. The exterior was of cream faïence tiling and had two side towers, which flanked the central recessed main elevation. There were vertical windows on the inner corners of the towers and two sets of three windows on the recessed elevation. The name ‘MAJESTIC’ was mounted in large letters across the top of the canopy. Inside the auditorium seating was provided for 1,000 in the stalls and 369 in the circle.

Union Cinemas were taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in October 1937, and ABC continued to operate the Majestic Cinema for the remainder of its cinematic life.

The Majestic Cinema closed on 4th October 1975. It was converted into a retail furniture store known as ‘Ideas In Furniture’. It was purchased by a church in June 2015 which opened was the Windsor Baptist Church in November 2018.

The Majestic was designated a Grade B Listed building by the Environment and Heritage Service, but the building has now been De-Listed.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

popcorn_pete on January 28, 2017 at 8:10 pm

The cinema is being converted into a church by the new owners the Windsor Baptist Church which has outgrown its current home. It was purchased in June 2015 but not expected to be ready until November 2018. More info on the conversion here:

PROJIE on October 30, 2018 at 11:01 am

RCA photophone was the sound system.

Biffaskin on July 12, 2020 at 8:04 am

Conversion to the church has meant that the interior has been gutted completely, so there’s nothing inside of its former Art Deco decoration now I’m afraid. What a shame.

Biffaskin on July 2, 2023 at 7:16 am

The plans by the architect John McBride Neill were for John Gaston, who sold the cinema to Union Cinemas circuit.

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