Royal Cinema

Arthur Square,
Belfast, BT1 4FD

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Architects: Bertie Crewe

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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Royal Cinema

Located in Belfast city centre on Arthur Square at the corner of Castle Lane and Arthur Street. This was a conversion of the Theatre Royal to cinema use.

The Royal Cinema opened on 16th December 1916 and externally was very similar to noted theatre architect Bertie Crewe’s 1911-built, Princes Theatre (now re-named Shaftesbury Theatre) on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London, England. The Royal Cinema had 900 seats in stalls and circle levels. By 1937 the seating capacity had been reduced to 696. There was a cafe for the convenience it its patrons.

The Royal Cinema was closed in 1961, ending it last years as a third run city centre cinema. It was demolished and a building containing retail shops was built on the site, which in 2008 had a Starbuck’s Coffee House operating on the ground floor.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

CSWalczak on November 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

A drawing of the Royal Cinema can be seen here.

popcorn_pete on April 28, 2019 at 6:59 am

Opened 16 December 1916

Biffaskin on July 1, 2023 at 2:53 pm

Plans deposited in 1915 show this as being a conversion of the Theatre Royal, rather than demolition and a new build, also, the architect is given as being Bertie Crewe, so little wonder it looks similar to his theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, London!

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