Picturedrome (II)

106 Mountpottinger Road,
Belfast, BT5 4LP

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Previously operated by: Rank Organisation

Architects: John McBride Neill

Styles: Art Deco

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Picturedrome (II)

This cinema replaced an earlier Picturedrome which had opened, with 1,000 seats, on the same site, on 25th February 1911. It was closed and demolished in 1934 and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

A new, enlarged Picturedrome was built in an Art Deco zig-|zag style, now with seating for 1,100 in stalls and balcony. A luxurious foyer ran the full width of the cinema with stairs at either end leading to a luxury waiting lounge and the balcony. The ‘new’ Picturedrome was opened on 12th November 1934. It was purchased by the Rank Organisation in 1955. It closed on 30th May 1970 but was not demolished until the 1990’s. Housing now occupies the site.

Contributed by David Simpson

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Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on April 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

Campbell & Fairhurst were originally based in Southport before moving to Liverpool.

popcorn_pete on April 28, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Earlier cinema opened 25 February 1911, new one opened 12 November 1934, closed 30 May 1970.

Biffaskin on July 2, 2023 at 3:25 pm

Prior to demolition for the new Picturedrome on the site, additions were made to the cinema in 1928, alterations in 1930, and finally, reconstruction after a fire, with a shelter for waiting patrons, all done by the architect Robert Sharpe Hill. The reconstruction that followed in 1934 were to the plans of John McBride Neill in a superb art-deco style.

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