Lights! Camera! Action! Cinema Day returns…

Lights! Camera! Action! Cinema Day returns…

(and this time, it’s personal)

The first one was so successful, there simply HAD to be a sequel. Bigger, brasher, bolder (and with even more car chases) than before, Northern Ireland’s very own Cinema Day, presented by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network and supported by Northern Ireland Screen, returns to a screen near you on Monday 28th August!


Cinema Day is a glorious, NI-wide day long whirlwind celebration of the silver screen with screenings and cinema-related events taking place in Fermanagh, Rostrevor, Coleraine, Maghera, Portrush, Derry, Ballyclare, Newtownards, and – yes – even Belfast!


Highlights in a packed Cinema Day programme include some early morning goodies at the QFT such as a “Breakfast with Bill” (with screening of Groundhog Day), the Memory Box exhibition and – by way of celebrating their imminent 50th birthday bash – screenings of a string of classic films from 1968 for just 50p!

In all the cinemas in all the world, Portrush Film Theatre are screening stone-cold classic Casablanca. Ormeau Baths Gallery offers up a mini Ken Loach season including I, Daniel Blake, and the documentary Versus, with a “pay what you can” door policy that Ken would surely approve of.

The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s has a free screening of everybody’s favourite indie comic book adaptation Ghost World. The Strand Arts Centre has a series of screenings including a very special showing of silent movie The Passion Joan of Arc with a live music score.

Into Film will also present The Lego Batman Movie (with a Cardboard Box Office!) at their Belfast HQ and NI Foundation will be showing NI soccer cinema treat Shooting for Socrates in the recently acquired Oldpark Carnegie Library. The Web Theatre in Newtownards will show The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aurora Community Cinema in Rostrevor will launch their film programme with a very special screening of everybody’s favourite Irish classic The Quiet Man. The Banterflix podcast boys and girls will be hosting a discussion about cinema in the 21st Century, Second Chance Cinema continue to build on their reputation for bold and interesting programming with a mini “Censored” season, with screenings of two infamous 80s NI documentaries At the Edge of the Unions and Death on the Rock, and The Jungle Book will be happening in the Circus School courtesy of the Black Box – just another ordinary day there then…


With most events free or greatly reduced, Cinema day is an opportunity for everybody to celebrate NI’s rich film heritage as well as celebrating the strength and diversity of all those involved with making and showing films in the present day, from epically scaled multi-screen venues to small film clubs in quirky venues and everything in between! Not to mention having oodles of film-related fun!



Sara Gunn Smith of Film Hub NI said: “We are very proud to present this exciting and diverse programme of cinematic treats, hosted by 22 of our brilliant members, taking place across NI on bank holiday Monday. Whether you’re a film buff, love a bit of nostalgia, want to support your local community cinema or are simply looking for a fun event to bring the family to, we have it covered. It’s a bit of a cliché but there really is something for everyone so we hope to see as many people as possible enjoying big screen entertainment in some really cool places. See you at the pictures!”



Check out the events, grab some friends and indulge in a little cinema magic with Film Hub NI!


Cinema Day by Film Hub NI takes place on Monday 28 August, across Northern Ireland.


The full programme is available from

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