Phoenix Cinema

Fairhill Road,
Cookstown, BT80

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Architects: A.M. Brennan

Previous Names: Picture House

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Phoenix Cinema

In Cookstown, County Tyrone, the Picture House is listed in the 1931 Kine Year Book with the operator as Cookstown Electric Picture House Ltd. In the 1940 and 1953 editions the proprietor is C. H. Donaghy of Omagh. The proscenium was 24ft wide. Following a fire on 19th December 1961. On 31st August 1964 the cinema was refurbished and reopened, rather appropriately, as the Phoenix Cinema screening John Wayne in “McLintock”. It was closed in April 1984. The building had been demolished by June 2007.

Contributed by David Simpson

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popcorn_pete on January 24, 2022 at 10:59 am

Picture House was gutted by fire 19 December 1961, owned at the time by Mr N Donaghy. Obviously a lot of fires about!

Biffaskin on July 2, 2023 at 2:27 pm

Architects plans dated 1920, so the cinema opened around that time. A.M. Brennan was the architect.

popcorn_pete on August 18, 2023 at 12:44 pm

The Picture House at Fair Hill reopened as the Phoenix on Monday 31 August 1964 with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in McLintock playing one house Tuesday to Friday and two houses Mondays and Saturdays with children’s matinees on Saturday mornings. Proprietor Thomas Quinn, 400 seats, architects Cosgrove, Rooney and McConville. Opening ceremony by Mr J.P. Duff chairman of Tyrone County Council manager George Dardis. Rebuilt following the fire of 1961. There was an Electric Picture House at Fair Hill from at least 1918 but plain old Picture House by 1932.

popcorn_pete on August 18, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Phoenix closed temporarily April 1984 but hadn’t readvertised in the press by the end of 1985. Still being checked out.

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