As part of European Heritage Open Days The Strand Cinema were giving free behind the scenes tours of the cinema. These open days areNorthern Ireland’s version of the European celebration of cultural heritage initiative. This year they are taking place on 14 and 15 September.
So there was a small number of us at this tour and we were shown round the entire cinema in depth and shown a lot of the equipment that is used as the Strand Cinema still uses film reels. I am not going to regurgitate the tour in the blog post I simply wanted to highlight this event and share some photos. The tour was extremely informative and entertaining, and our guide, Alan had a great knowledge of the cinema and of movie trivia in general this in particular added to the experience for me. Made a few jokes about current films, so I enjoyed those!
We saw all of the four screens, each projection room, we went on to the stage of one screen as it is still used for variety performances, we saw dressing rooms and we were even taken onto the roof! Who knew that so much went on at the cinema, but it was so interesting to learn about the process of how they connect the reels etc! One of my favorite parts of the tours was seeing all of old movie posters that had been collected over the years. It was also exciting to hear of the potential plans for the Strand for the future.
I honestly had a great time and would recommend this experience to anyone who has the chance to get a look round, The Strand Cinema has to be the most exciting and interesting cinema in Northern Ireland and im looking forward to see what the future holds for this great venue.