A LOVE AFFAIR WITH CINEMA

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Fed up with high prices and expensive popcorn, Stuart and Rosie have decided to serve up their own free cinema nights for movie lovers

 

From its cinema heyday in the 1950s and 60s, Belfast is now home to a handful of multiplexes and the Queen’s Film Theatre.

Hoping to add something different to the usual fare of films which are largely aimed at a younger audience, Stuart Sloan and Rosie Le Garsmeur have launched Second Chance Cinema with the help of funding from the British Film Institute.

“We wanted to try and create something cheap and positive for the mind,” says Stuart.

“Cinema in Belfast used to be a cheap night out,” adds Rosie. “Not anymore. It can cost you a small fortune to go to a multiplex now.”

The couple have already held a weekend of free screenings at the South Bank Playhouse on South Kimberley Drive in south Belfast. Another free weekend of films is being lined up for Friday, November 28, to Sunday, November 30, at the same venue.

Stuart said: “Here at Second Chance Cinema, we are always on the lookout for unseen and unique Northern Irish content and we could like to put out a call to any filmmaker who would be interested in screening something. Everything is welcome as long as it has some connection to Northern Ireland.

“Please email us at secondchancecinema.belfast@gmail.com

Both Stuart and Rosie admitted to some “creative tension” in the process of chosing the line-up of film. “We are both passionate about films,” added Rosie. “We would love some day to own a cinema, but we will have to win the Lottery first.”

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