Friday, 3 August 2007

Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast

Queen's Film Theatre is one of only two independent cinemas in Belfast (the other being the Strand on Holywood Road [no it's not spelt Hollywood] which I featured a while ago.) QFT, also described as an art cinema, is the largest cultural cinema in Ireland - probably the only cultural cinema in Ireland, well certainly in Northern Ireland - and is the only cinema to regularly screen foreign language films (see recent film reviews). While it may not be as grand as the one at les Halles in Paris featured on Johnnysarc it is certainly far superior to the other local cinemas. Like its les Halles counterpart it has a bar and an area to relax in (before or after taking in a film). It is housed in a terrace of Georgian houses (as can be seen from this photo below) which has recently undergone some renovations to restore it to its former glory. Thank heavens for small cinemas where we can choose from something other than the latest blockbuster. It's hard to believe that it has been in operation now for 40 years and started out in 2 lecture rooms along with classroom style seating far removed from the current luxury French seating.