Classic Cinema

17-18 College Square East,
Belfast, BT1 6DH

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Classic Cinema

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Named after Lord Kelvin, the Kelvin Picture Palace opened on 20 December 1910 in a converted house previously occupied by the noted scientist. In the 1930’s it changed its name quite rapidly:by 1934 to Kelvin Picture House, by 1939 to Kelvin Cinema and by 1943 to New Kelvin Cinema.

In 1944 it became the Mayfair Cinema, but that only lasted a couple of years as, by 1946, it was the News & Cartoon Cinema. This gave it its best period of success, with one hour programmes aimed at passengers killing time while waiting for a train at the Great Northern Station and those with a liking for cartoons. The growing popularity of cartoons on television led to closure in 1969, but it bounced back as the Classic Cinema, before being destroyed by a massive IRA bomb on 31 December 1971.

Contributed by David Simpson
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