Tudor Cinema

22A Drumkirk Road,
Comber, BT23 5LY

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Tudor Cinema

Noel Spence, and his twin brother Roy, have celluloid in their veins, having been avid filmgoers from childhood. After acquiring a cheap plastic camera in their youth, they graduated to fully-fledged filmmaking. By the 1970’s they were earning a reputation for making extremely competent productions on 8mm and 16mm; indeed, many of their nearly 100 films have won top awards. Ardent followers of 1950’s horror and sci-fi films, many of their productions have been based in that era.

In August 1974 Noel took his hobby a step further by converting an old shed alongside his house into the Tudor Cinema, named in appreciation of the cinema he used to frequent in nearby Bangor. Running his own cinema allowed him to fully indulge his passion for the technicalities of projection and showmanship. Despite the clatter of a film projector being replaced by the silence of a digital system the Tudor Cinema, with its ‘traditional’ ambiance, tip-up seating and elaborate plasterwork, provided an increasingly elusive ‘night out at the pictures’.

The Tudor Cinema was available for private hire, it was also home to many original items rescued from cinemas as they closed down. The Tudor Cinema was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it never reopened.

Contributed by David Simpson

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popcorn_pete on July 9, 2016 at 6:01 am

Brother Roy also set up a similar effort on the Ballynichol Road called the Exclesior but with only 28 seats. The Tudor has 66.

davidcoppock on March 22, 2018 at 2:34 am

The Tudor Cinema appeared on the tv series Great Railway Journeys(season 1, episode 4, From Derry to Kerry).

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