2 John Mitchell Place,
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Previously operated by: Curran Theatres
Previous Names: Frontier Picture Palace
In Newry, County Down, the Frontier Cinema, housed within the Irish National Foresters Society building that had been erected in 1906, is listed in the 1931 Kine Year Book as being operated by that organisation. By the 1940 and 1954 editions it was being run, presumably on a lease, by M. Curran & Son Ltd. It had 800 seats and a 22ft wide proscenium.
By 1963 the Frontier Cinema the cinema was back with the Irish National Foresters Society. The Cinema Theatre Association (UK) cinema directory for 1980 shows it as the Frontier Picture Palace, now with 590 seats and with bingo on Monday and Saturday. When I visited Newry in November 1998 the building still had its cinema signage, although it hadn’t appeared in any cinema directories since 1980 and it is likely that film shows ceased some time beforehand. By October 2009, the Irish National Foresters Society had moved to new premises in William Street, and the former Frontier Cinema was in use as a bingo club. This had closed by 2014, and the building is boarded up and unused.
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