13-25 Castle Lane,
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Previous Names: Classic Cinema
The Classic Cinema opened on 24th December 1923 with “Chu-Chin-Chow”. Initially an independent, it was taken over by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) in August 1928, and from February 1929 PCT were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain.
The Classic Cinema was the ‘premier’ cinema in Belfast at that time. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ in 1927 with organist Leslie Simpson opening the instrument. The cinema also had a cafe and dance hall attached.
It was re-named Gaumont Theatre from 3rd July 1950 and was closed by the Rank Organisation on 30th September 1961. The building was demolished and a BHS department store was built on the site.
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