In an exciting and ambitious new initiative, Film Hub NI (part of the Film Audience Network), presented Cinema Day 2016, celebrating 120 years of film exhibition in Northern Ireland.

On the evening of Sunday 28th August and all day on Monday 29th August, organisations across NI hosted fantastic film events, both acknowledging the rich film heritage we have and celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from commercial venues to small film clubs and all those in-between!

From the first screening at The Alhambra, North Street in Belfast in 1896 right up to current events at cinemas and festivals, Northern Irish audiences have always loved the magic of the silver screen and what better way to celebrate this than with £1 classics, historical talks, documentaries, animations, screenings in inventive places and much more! Audiences across Northern Ireland were encouraged to check out the events, grab some friends and indulge in a little cinema magic with Film Hub NI!


Participating organisations included:

Second Chance Cinema
Alternative documentary selected from the rich history of left-field, cinematic documentaries made by Northern Irish film makers, and screened in their favourite Ormeau spot, The Pavilion, Belfast.

Movie House Cinemas
Jam jar screenings of Bambi at Cityside/Yorkgate, Coleraine and Glengormley

Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast
£1 classic matinees – The Quiet Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cinema Paradiso & free illustrated talk

Strand Arts Centre
Heritage tour and The Last Picture Show

Late Night Art Film
Notable work by experimental filmmakers

Portrush FILM Theatre
A Trip to the Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage

Fermanagh Film Club
The Survivalist and Q&A with Stephen Fingleton (writer and director)

Innerspace screening IMC Omagh

Black Box
George Orwell double bill – Animal Farm and 1984


Seedhead Arts
Faculty Lecture with Helen Sloan, principle stills photographer on Game of Thrones

Belfast Film Festival
The A-Z of Belfast Cinemas with Brian Henry Martin

New Notions
From the Sea to the Land Beyond – silent film screening and live accompanying score from Belfast Music Club