North Star Cinema

17 Harbour Street,
Lerwick, ZE1 0JR

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Located in Lerwick, on the Shetland Islands, the North Star Cinema was the most northerly cinema in the United Kingdom. It was opened in 1913. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and the proscenium was 19 feet wide. The projection box was located in the rear stalls, beneath the circle.

By 1976, it was playing films five days a week, with bingo being played on the other two days. It closed as a cinema in 1989, “Batman” was said to be the final film.

The stalls area was leveled and with seating removed, it began use as a nightclub, which continues as the North Star until it was closed in 2007. Cinema seats remain in the former circle, although this area was later not used. The projectors remain in situ in the projection box.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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