St. Canice Hall

41 Main Street,
Dungiven, BT47 4LD

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St. Canice Hall

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For Dungiven, County Londonderry, a Cinema is listed in the Kine Year Books for 1940, by 1944 it is the Picture House and in 1947 the Cinema again, now listed with 450 seats and a 16 feet wide proscenium. The Cinema was still open in 1954.

The British Film Institute Handbook for 2000 lists only St. Canice Hall as the town’s cinema. In June 2007 the local library informed me that, at that time, film shows only took place, in St. Canice Hall, from October to April, with the following week’s programme being advertised in the parish Sunday bulletin. I assume these were not full-time film shows, as this is the parish hall and, as such, is presumably used for many other activities. However, it does seem very likely that this hall was the Cinema listed in the Kine Year Books. Hopefully further information will come to light and help clarify the situation.

Contributed by David Simpson
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