Frontier Cinema

2 John Mitchell Place,
Newry, BT34 2BP

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Frontier Cinema

Viewing: Photo | Street View

In Newry, County Down, the Frontier Cinema, housed within the Irish National Foresters Society building that had been erected in 1906, is listed in the 1931 Kine Year Book as being operated by that organisation. By the 1940 and 1954 editions it was being run, presumably on a lease, by M. Curran & Son Ltd. It had 800 seats and a 22ft wide proscenium.

By 1963 the Frontier Cinema the cinema was back with the Irish National Foresters Society. The Cinema Theatre Association (UK) cinema directory for 1980 shows it as the Frontier Picture Palace, now with 590 seats and with bingo on Monday and Saturday. When I visited Newry in November 1998 the building still had its cinema signage, although it hadn’t appeared in any cinema directories since 1980 and it is likely that film shows ceased some time beforehand. By October 2009, the Irish National Foresters Society had moved to new premises in William Street, and the former Frontier Cinema was in use as a bingo club.

Contributed by David Simpson

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DavidSimpson on November 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I’m afraid I misread the internet. As the street view shows, the Foresters have moved out and, checking again, it appears their hall in Newry is now (November 2013) in William Street.

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