West End Picture House

100 Shankill Road,
Belfast, BT13 2BD

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The West End Picture House, owned by Joe McFadden, opened in 1913. It was known as ‘Big Joe’s’ (as opposed to McFadden’s smaller Shankill Picturedrome, known as ‘Wee Joe’s’) though seating capacity was at some stage reduced to 800 to allow for greater comfort.

The West End Picture House closed in 1960. It was used as a furniture warehouse but the building was destroyed by an IRA terrorist bomb in the 1970’s. The site is now part of the Shankhill Leisure Centre.

Contributed by David Simpson
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