Broadway Cinema

Falls Road,
Belfast, BT12

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Broadway Cinema

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The Broadway Cinema opened on 12th December 1936 with Richard Hayward in “The Early Bird”, and was operated by the Curran circuit. It was the largest of Belfast’s suburban cinemas, opening with a seating capacity of 1,500; 1,230 in the stalls and 270 in the circle. The facade was covered in cream faiance tiles.

It was sold to the Rank Organisation in 1955. On the night of 31st January 1972, the Broadway Cinema was set on fire by the IRA during one of their bombing campaigns. Although the damage could have been repaired, due to the ‘Troubles’ the owners thought not to carry them out, and the Broadway Cinema never re-opened.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 7:44 am

Here is a 1950s photo of the Broadway Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 7:53 am

This cinema also had an encounter with the IRA in 1943:

“….in April 1943 , he (Jimmy Steele) participated in the Broadway Cinema operation on the Falls Road when armed Volunteers took over the cinema and stopped the film while Steele and McAteer went on stage and read a statement from the IRA Army Council. The two men finished off the nights entertainment for the packed cinema by reading the 1916 Proclamation!” Source

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