Midland Cinema

Bonds Hill,
Londonderry, BT47

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Torchlight on June 8, 2024 at 7:18 am

For those who are not necessarily familiar with the area, Bonds Hill is located in the Waterside district of Derry / Londonderry which is on the east side of the River Foyle. Two road bridges and a footbridge across the river link the Waterside to the Cityside area.

Curiously, in the entry for the Midland Cinema in the Kine Year Book (1929), there is an entry (with brief details) under the Londonderry heading and a separate entry (with additional details) under Waterside.

Torchlight on June 8, 2024 at 6:28 am

The first appearance of the Midland in the Kine Year Book seems to have been in the 1929 edition where W. L. James is listed as the lessee. It seems very probable that this was William L. James, who would later become a director of the Portrush Majestic Cinema Ltd. This was the company which opened the Majestic Cinema in Portrush in 1939.

popcorn_pete on June 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

The Midland was reported as being the first provincial cinema in Northern Ireland (i.e. outside Belfast) to have talkies in October 1929 so must have been open by this time.