Strand Arts Centre

152-154 Holywood Road,
Belfast, BT4 1NY

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DavidZornig on December 7, 2020 at 8:10 am

The Strand’s 85th anniversary recognition with images.

Torchlight on August 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

The conversion of the Strand from a single screen to a 4-screen in 1988 reduced the number of seats to 642 (see Overview for details). The current total is 608: Screen 1 – 250, Screen 2 – 180, Screen 3 – 98 and Screen 4 – 80.

Torchlight on August 27, 2018 at 2:07 am

The last day under ABC ownership was 12 November 1977. The Strand then closed for a week and reopened on 19 November; the lease had been acquired by a local independent operator. However, despite what has been described as “brave efforts” by the new owner, it finally closed for films on 19 November 1983. It was reopened by local businessman Ronnie Rutherford in 1984 as the Strand Variety Theatre; the many well-known acts who performed on its stage included The Drifters and Little and Large. It continued as a live performance venue until 1987 when it closed again. Ronnie Rutherford had always entertained the hope that the Strand would return to being a cinema and his dream became a reality when it reopened for films on 29 April 1988. It had been converted into a 4-screen complex; close on £500,000 had been spent on transforming the building. By 2013 the Strand found itself having to compete with a increasing number of new multiplexes so it took the decision to cease trading as a commercial cinema and reinvented itself as the Strand Arts Centre, a not-for-profit charitable venture, to ensure the short-term survival of the building. There are longer term plans (which include the retention of the four existing screens) to completely renovate the Strand.

Ian on March 28, 2014 at 2:33 am

Photo’s from March 2014 of the Strand Arts Centre:–






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Ken Roe on November 20, 2010 at 3:27 am

A vintage photograph of the auditorium & circle level in 1950:
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Ken Roe on May 3, 2009 at 5:36 am

A photograph of the side-splay wall of the auditorium in 1955:
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JBelfast on October 5, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Favourite local cinema! Can anyone help me with this question. I seem to have an old memory of going to see Orville The Duck, and for some reason I believe it was at the Strand when it was open for live performance. This would date it between ‘83 and '84.. and I would only of been 1 or 2 years old!! Can anyone shed any light.. did this happen or am I imagine things!!