Queen's Film Theatre

20 University Square,
Belfast, BT7 1PA

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440289.097.1097

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Queen's Film Theatre

Located up a side alley and owned by Queen’s University Belfast, the Queen’s Film Theatre opened on 14th October 1968, with Bridget Bardot and Jeanne Moreau in “Viva Maria”. It was a newly built arts lecture theatre with 150 seats (initially all hard seats).

In 2003 refurbishment began with the main screen increasing its seating capacity to 220. In October 2004 a second screen was added which seats 91. In 2007 it became the first cinema in Northern Ireland to install digital projection. In 2018, further improvements were made and the main auditorium with new seats installed now has 204 seats.

The Queen’s Film Theatre, being close to Belfast University, attracts many students and also an audience from all over Belfast. It is a member of the Europa Cinemas group.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm

The entrance to the Queen’s Film Theatre, in May 2008:
Foyer and bar area, in June 2008:
The foyer in October 2008, with Susan, the Queen’s Film Theatre manager:

JoanneinMontreal on July 26, 2014 at 5:21 am

Hello! I’m trying to recall which cinema in downtown Belfast screened “Mississippi Burning” in 1989? Does anyone remember if it was The Cannon or The Curzon or the university? This is research for a book. I pay in pints! :)

DavidSimpson on September 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

As can be seen from my photographs, the former entrance down the side alley has been completely blocked off, and the entrance is now on University Square. Presumably this was done during a major refurbishment that took place in 2003. Unfortunately, the powers that be will not allow poster boards or other advertising by the new entrance, leaving a rather nondescript doorway! By way of some small compensation, the poster cases at the entrance to the side alley (round the corner, off College Street) are still utilised, although only regulars will be aware of them!

Torchlight on October 11, 2018 at 1:29 am

Owned by Queen’s University Belfast, Queen’s Film Theatre AKA QFT opened on 14 October 1968. A second screen, also using a converted lecture theatre, opened on 10 October 1988 (150 seats). A new entrance was created at 20 University Square in December 2002 and the former entrance at University Square Mews was closed. The newly created complex incorporated two separate buildings (20 University Square and the existing cinema building) and also involved some new build and reconstruction. It was opened on 22 October 2004. Among the many changes was the creation of a new Screen 2 (91 seats), situated alongside the existing Screen 1.

popcorn_pete on January 25, 2022 at 7:26 am

The 2018 half-centenary, QFT50, included a screening of Brigitte Bardot movie Viva Maria! – the first ever film to screen at the cinema.

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