IMC Newtownards

Circular Road and Blair Mayne Road S,
Newtownards, BT23 4EX

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IMC Newtownards

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Located adjacent to the Ards Shopping Centre, at the junction of Circular Road and Blair Mayne Road South. Movieland opened in March or April 1999. Ir was owned and operated by local businessman Ernie Watson.

An unusual feature of the cinema is the location of a fully working theatre organ that was positioned on a ledge over the concession stand in the foyer. It was a Compton 3Manual/8Rank instument, that was originally installed in 1936, in the Ambassador Cinema (later Odeon), Hounslow, Middlesex in the west of Greater London, England.

Sadly, Ernie Watson passed away on 3rd May 2017. In early-2018, the cinema was sold to Irish Multiplex Cinemas be his sister, and re-named IMC Newtownards. The Compton organ was played for the final time in February 2018, by regular organist Ivan Coey, before being dismantled and put into storage, pending its sale.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on November 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

My scanned photographs of the exterior were taken in March 2000, and my scanned photographs of the cinema organ were taken in September 2008. The Movieland is owned and operated by local businessman Ernie Watson.

NM74
NM74 on February 12, 2018 at 7:02 am

Unfortunately, the original owner of Movieland appears to have passed away last year. The takeover this year looks like it will see a few changes with one casualty being the cinema organ currently in pieces, presumably being dismantled for removal. Large Irish cinema chains are fairly unsympathetic towards historical features like these!

madorganplayer
madorganplayer on February 16, 2018 at 7:59 am

Obviously the Compton doesnt fit in with IMC`s business plan!Shame on them.

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