Jude Whyte - Mar '08
To P Feeny, please send the photo and I will try to
identify the punters in it!
Maureen Nicholls (nee Mckee) - Mar '08
In reply to Paul Feeney's posting, did you have a sister called Diane?
I went to Rosario School also around the same time
as you although about 3 years behind. Miss Ferran was
the headmistress of the girls section and there was
a Miss Fannin in the boys section - she taught my two
daughters many many years later!
I remember the Curzon very well. I used to have to
accompany my great-grandmother regularly. She used
to dress up in her best clothes - how times have changed!
B Compston - Jan '08
The Curzon would have survived had the then owners really wanted to keep it.
It was decided to sell it to a developer offering a considerable amount of money.
Jed Atherton - Jan '08
I have just opened my copy of Rewind magazine, I was amazed to see a picure of
Billy Wilson circa 1950.
Hence my visit to this site.
I remember the Curzon with great fondness. John, Leslie
and the boys Richard and Chris, Billy Wilson and his
They always looked after me on my engineering visits
The projection equipment in the booths illustrated
was manufactured by Westrex Company Ltd.
I spent many hours installing and servicing equipment
at the Curzon from the early eighties through to the
close, working with John and Leslie in the numerous
projects in that time, they never stood still for long,
developing the business with new screens, more choice
of product for the customers.
The cinema business has changed dramatically since
the early 90's,
It would be interesting just how much longevity the
current generation of multiplex cinemas has.
The final act was to remove all the equipment at the
We found new homes for most of the equipment and to
this day, somewhere, there is a little bit of the Curzon
ticking away in a projection room entertaining filmgoers.
David Fairfield - Apr '07
The reason for the closure was blamed on the purpose built muti-plexes. What I believe, as someone who worked there for 18years, is the real reason is that being owed by two brothers, both in their sixties, they probably wanted to retire. Their children with careers of their own and not wanting to hand over to a company that might change it ot something it was not, decided to end the era.
The Curzon was from a by-gone era. As many people will know I didn't really realise what I was apart of till the final few months.
I can honestly say now that I am proud to have been a part of it.
Natalie - Apr '07
What were the reasons for the closure of the Curzon?
I am interested to know.
Linda Cotter -Apr '07
Curzon cinema was one of the best cinemas id ever been
in, we enjoyed the cinema so much, especially when
grease showed, we went every night for weeks on end,the
atmosphere was electric, back stalls were fun too,
too many usherettes telling us to HUSH and continuous
torches shining in your face..........miss you curzon
Matthew - Apr '07
Roy rogers came to belfast in the summer of 1954
Gerry Rutter - Mar '07
In reply to Mary Stewart(Feb. 07) My dad used to tell
me about Roy Rogers and Trigger coming to Belfast and
he was adamant that Trigger had its own hotel room
in a hotel in Royal Avenue. He was a boy at the time
so I think it may have been sometime in the forties.
My own cinematic experiences were centered on the Majestic
on the Lisburn Road in the sixties. I was a minor and
had a badge that glowed in the dark. Happy days!
Charlie - Mar '07
Does anyone remember going to the Lido Cinema on the
Shore Road at Greencastle back in the 60's ? I can
remember my first ever trip to the Cinema to watch "Jungle
Book" at the Lido. ...what a thrill that was !
But many years later the Lido closed down I guess it
to fell victim to those new fangled TV things ! It was
later transformed into St Mary's Catholic Church. The
distinctive downward slope remained and many's a person
found themselves literally running towards the alter
! (and some of them were in a 'real hurry' to get married
St Marys has since been rebuilt and the slope has gone
but my memories will always remain.....happy days :-)
Liam Byrne Malahide County Dublin
- Mar '07
I lived off Donegal Pass and went to school in Sunnyside
Street from .oh about 1950 to 1956/7. So the Curzon
was my local cinema although I wasn't past going to
the Majestic or Regal on the Lisburn Road and on occasions
the Ritz in Gt. Victoria Street.
Used to enjoy the Roy Rogers Club at the Curzon on
Saturday morning but "defected" to the ABC
Boys and Girls Club...was that in the Majestic or Ritz
? instead as it was better value.
The Apollo on the Ormeau Road was the only cinema that
had no balcony in it...just the stalls downstairs.....we
always looked at it as a bit "down market".....
It was also only 3d into the Apollo but 6d or a shilling
Steven - Mar '07
H i does anyone have any memories from the tonic cinema
in bangor?please leave a reply i would love to hear
Paul Feeney - Feb '07
Any pupilss from Rosario school Sunnyside Street from
the days of the Curzon, 1958 -63, my
name is Paul Feeney. I left for Canada in '58 came
back in '60 and left around '63. My teacher was
Mickey Rafferty and Mr Langley was the Head. Names
I remember were Frank Shields , Jimmy White, John King,
David Lemeon ? Brian Hallom.
I have a school photo taken in the yard at the back
of the shool, would pass it on by e mail for all to
identify fellow classmates of that er. Now in Uk since
Victor Johnston - Feb '07
I lived in Ava Street Ormeau Road. I went to the Curzon
twice a week was also a member of the Roy Rodgers club
the manager that I remember we called him Uncle Sidney
and he would come on the stage every Saturday morning
and get the whole audience to shout "hello Uncle Sidney"
and if it was not loud enough he would get us to shout
again. My memories of the Curzon will never leave me.
I certainly think it's a part of the history of the
By the way uncle sidney lived round the corner from me
he lived in ava avenue.
Mary Stewart - Feb '07
I've been trying to find the year Roy Rogers and Trigger
came to Belfast. I do believe it was the late 50's when
my Aunt took my two brothers to the Operal House where
Roy and Trigger appeared. They had a great time. I however
was taken by my Mother to see walt Disney's Bambi.
Ciaran Gorman - Feb '07
Don't forget Babs and Terry McCoy who worked at the
Curzon for decades in the ticket office and sweet shop.
I remember the re opening for Star Wars. I was only
9 years old and Babs let me in for free!!
I grew up accross the road and even sneaked in once
or twice when it was particulariy busy. (Apologies)
Mike Bailey - Jan '07
I have been looking at your site about the Curzon and while reading the comments
by those who sent them in. I was taken back in time to when I was a young lad,
although I am originally from Leicester I remember when our local cinema was
closed down; what we all took for granted was suddenly taken away from u - something
that could never be replaced.
I remember watching Flash Gordon and the old western films with everyone cheering
when the calvary came charging over the hill. What a shame the kids of today
won't have this chance to experience those great days on a Saturday morning.
If I had one wish granted to me I think it would have to be to seeing those big
red curtains opening and closing, what a shame we never had a video camera in
those days it would have been great to be able to sit back now in my arm chair
and watch them opening and closing on my TV or computer.
Thanks to all those who's memories have given me a journey back into the past.
Christopher Peake - Sep '06
I've some information about the film "General John
Regan" A friend in Co. Kildare suggested contacting
the Irish Film Censor's Office. I phoned them and they
told me all their records pre 1960 are in the National
Archives in Dublin. That may mean a visit to Dublin
although it's possible the "Down Recorder"
or the "Mourne Observer" had a write up about
the film being made in Hilltown at the time. The Headquarters
of the SEELB is round the corner from where I live so
I will call with them to see if they can provide a bit
more information. The film was directed by Henry Edwards
and produced by Herbert Wilcox. The guy at the IFCO
felt if we could discover who distributed the film there
might be a chance of tracing it.
Christopher Peake - Sep '06
Hiya L. Blackburn, I hope you don't mind me posting
your query about the film "General John Regan"
made in Hilltown in 1933 on Belfast Forum. Several of
our members on the site went to the pictures on a regular
basis and may be able to assist you trace the film.
Re. the author George A. Birmingham, a pen name for
the Rev James Owen Hannay who was born in the Knock
area of Belfast - have you any idea where in Knock?
L. blackburn - Aug '06
I wondered if anyone in the Curzon Cinema had heard
of the film General John Regan that had been made in
Hilltown in 1933? We are trying to trace the film. It
was written by George A. Birmingham, a pen name for
the Rev James Owen Hannay. He was born in the Knock
area of Belfast.
Terry Jay Cooper - Aug '06
Way back in the early 40s, I think, my brother and I
went to school with Philip and Michael Curran, the sons
of Mr.M.Curran, owner of several cinemas. We were pals.
The Curran's lived in a house close to the Capitol (?)
cinema, and once we were all playing in the large loft
of their house, and came upon some large boxes.
On examination of these boxes, we found they contained
loads of packets of Maltesers, I think there were two
or three in each pack, and were at some earlier time
given as samples to cinema goers.
Naturally, being boys, we filled our pockets, and were
for some time very popular with our friends. By this
time we never wanted to eat another Malteser again.
I have to say that even now, when I am given a Malteser,
or on rare occasions, actually buy some, it all comes
back to me.
I have been living in England for close on 50 years
Noel Mc Mahon - Aug '06
It was with great sadness that I learned of the demise
of the wonderful Curson cinema. I have fantastic memories
going there in the 50s with all my friends from the
Short Strand. We went twice a week throughout this time.
It was the highlight of our week. Although we went to
the Pop and the other cinemas the Curzon was the best.
Kc - July '06
Its a shame the Curzon has been closed as even on the
day before it closed it stilled looked amazing if a
little dated. Those great marble steps and dark red
carpets were fantastic. Yet another of Belfasts great
buildings to be knocked down. As I speak it is a wasteland.
What a shame. I'm 30 and will remember it forever.
Kay - June '06
I loved the Curzon! My parents went there all the time
when they were growing up and as a couple too. Then
when I came along they would take me and my brother
- we loved it, it was a real treat to us - an unusual
place to a child, especially compared to the other modern
cinemas, with its old art deco style and green carpets
and walls if I remember correctly (this was not long
before it was shut down). My brother and I still talk
about the Curzon to this day with fondness - our favourite
memory was that it had a proper tuck shop with all the
wee cheap 10p mix up type sweeties in it as well as
popcorn, whereas cinemas nowadays just do popcorn and
rip you off for bags of sweets!!
A real shame that they had to let it go and now the
building doesnt even stand there anymore - suppose the
nearest thing we have now is the Strand Cinema on the
Old Hollywood Road in East Belfast - lets hope we don't
lose it too...
Ron Hunter - May '06
My name is Ron Hunter. I lived on Ravensdene Park from
1948 until 1950 when we emigrated to US, California
to be specific.
I remember on many occasions coming from school and
racing up the Ravenhill Road to catch a movie. Thanks
for the article Very interesting to say the least
The Curzon Staff of 1985 - May '06
Billy Wilson - No longer living
Babs Wilson - No longer living
Lilly Moore - No longer living
C Kavvanagh - No longer living
Max Porter - No longer living
Monica McCann (nee Conlon) - May '06
Does anyone remember the Odion?
Alan Cardwell - April '06
The Curzon was also used for church type services
under the auspices of Youth for Christ. My father (Andrew
Cardwell) has a good many still photographs of these
gatheings which were packed houses- in the early 1950's
Des Walker - Mar 06
I used to go to the "Curzon"with
an old girl friend Maybeth who lived on Ravenhill Rd.
I was the projectionist at "THE Regal Cinema",
Donaghadee when Mr Carr was the manager there. If Barry
Compston would like to email me, we just might possibly
have some old "yarns" to talk about. The "Tonic"
in Bangor was also very nice to visit on a Saturday
night. Sadly the old cinemas are there only in memory.
Bill Gwynne - Feb '06
The Curzon was the lifeblood of Ballynafeigh and Belfast
in the 40's and early 50's. I can remember going to
"the pictures" every week. As I got older
I graduated to the circle on a Saturday afternoon for
the price of one shilling, that was the the first time
I ever put my hand on a girls "boob" --- what
a memory !!!.
During the 40's the queues stretched all the way round
Raby Street and there would be two lines, depending
on the seats you were going to. Of course when TV hit
the world it all changed. I had become older and like
all my friends the cinema wasn't able to compete with
TV --- the start of the the demise. To me the Curzon
will always remain an integral part of my life and the
thought of it being pulled down fills me with grief.
I am now 72 and in another 10 years no person alive
today will ever have heard of "THE CURZON"
--- what a pity.
Lynn Farrall, O'Neill - Jan '06
Just found this site great to read these nice comments
about the curzon. Nice to hear some familiar names,
I was an usherette 1986 1987 had some good laughs but
hated the late shows. Returned with my children to see
Mighty Joe Young just before the Curzon closed was a
really sad day. Now the mother of a 13 year old son
would love to think when he was heading out it was just
down the road to the Curzon instead of having to go
into town. Really do miss the old place.
Wilson John Haire - Dec '05
21st December, 2005
I first went to the Curzon in 1944 from Carryduff for
the children's matinees on a Saturday morning. Standing
in the queue waiting for it to open many of children
would be lighting-up cinnamon sticks and smoking them.
I was only allowed to go to the cinema by my mother
if I did the shopping at Stewarts and Mckelvey the butcher
on the Ormeau Road. The manager of the Curzon usually
asked me to leave the shopping in his office as there
were constant security alerts. We all had identity cards
then, even as children.
The film I remember the most at the Curzon was Man
and His Mate. I took my five year old sister with me
once. She was absolutely terrified by the rubber prehistoric
animals fighting and ripping each other to pieces amongst
the cardboard scenery. Love scenes in some of the films
had the children stamping their feet in unison, out
of boredom. A shooting or a good fist-fight seemed to
restore normality. Sometimes the cinema smelt like a
spice warehouse with the cinamonn smoke drifting over
The first time I went to the Curzon I didn't understand
that the films repeated themselves. I thought the same
film might go on until ten at night so I walked out
in the middle of one, just as the gangster, in a dress
suit with bow tie, was about to shoot the 'fella' (the
lead actor) I was so disorientated, coming from rural
Carryduff. Watching a Hollywood film at the Curzon was
like being in a different country.
The first time I had been to a cinema was in 1936 at
the age of four when my father took me to the Windsor
cinema on the Donegall Road. I remember it was a Mickey
Mouse cartoon but I fell asleep in the middle of it.
Eight years passed before I was back in a cinema.
There was also the Apollo on the Ormeau Road beside
the Lagan Bridge which I visited - shopping put in the
manager's office as usual. War films about the Japanese
did make me hope that they wouldn't invade Carryduff.
I even had nighmares about them because of their constant
use of the bayonet in these films. Of course we were
being constantly bombarded with leaflets telling us
what to do in the event of a German invasion. Rumours
of U-Boat periscopes being seen in Belfast Lough didn't
help much. So our insecurity was reinforced by these
films. But I loved them despite the fear they projected.
Later as a teenager I went to the Imperial in Corn
Market, the Royal Cinema, The Regent, the Ritz in Great
Victoria Street. The Mayfair in Royal Avenue was were
I saw my first serious social film - Arthur Miller's
Death of a Salesman. That film changed my whole concept
of life. Then there was the Gaumont, and the Alhambra
in North Street. The most popular songs at the time
being sung by the buskers to the cinema queues were
`South of the Border Down Mexico Way' and `Cruising
Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon.' When I first
saw The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Imperial with
Charles Laughton as the hunchback I thought it had just
been released. I later realised it had been made back
in 1936 and now I was watching it in 1950. The same
with Hitchcock's Sabotage. The Imperial then began to
catch up and began showing the first of the Marilyn
Monroe films. You could still catch the 1930s films
in the Regal on the Lisburn Road. The Lyceum on the
Antrim Road, the Broadway up the Falls Road, the Picturedrome
at Mountpottinger and the Stadium on the Shankill. I
visited them all. You could call me a real film buff.
Cinema tickets were cheap then even for a poorly-paid
shipyard apprentice like me. Except for the great period
of Italian, Japanese, and French cinema in the 1950s
I have never again to be so intrigued by the cinema
as it was then in the Belfast of the late 1940s and
Gerry Gorman - Oct '05
Some years back, I took some photographs of the Curzon,
just before its unfortunate demise. I have many fond
memories of the old cinema, way before it became a multi-plex.
I, like many others, was a member of the Kids Club in
the Seventies and remember well Sidney Spears (Uncle
Sidney) on a Saturday morning, on stage in front of
the big screen, welcoming us all to the club and with
the usual resounding response from the kids, “Good
morning uncle Sidney”
Fond memories indeed.
Maeve Rogan - September '05
I along with many Ormeau roaders
my sister Paula included went to Gerase every night
during a month.
Rex Mercer - Sept '05
To Tom Graham.
I think the name of the cinema you mention was simply
The Picture House. Close by was the Imperial and the
Classic - later the Gaumont. Now what was the name of
the one near the Telegraph Office ?
Billy Blaney - June '05
I enjoyed Geraldine Morgan's comment about Darby O'Gill
And The Little People. She and her brother and cousins
can be assured they were not the only children to panic
during that scene. A currently well-known Belfast journalist
recently confessed that it had frightened him so much
as a child that it caused him to have a small personal
There were probably a few hundred others who reacted
in the same way. The wailing of the banshee and the
arrival of the Costa Bower, with its headless driver
ushering Darby into the death coach was the spookiest
sequence in any film. EVER! All accompanied by very
eerie music. All done photographically too. No computer-generated
ghosts in those days, they had to use the real thing!
Very few people were ever aware that Darby O'Gill
himself came to see the film during its first run at
the Curzon in January 1960, and even fewer around today
will remember. There were several Irish actors in the
leading roles, including Albert Sharpe and J. G. Devlin,
both residents of Belfast at the time.
Not many years earlier James Devlin had been well-known
to listeners as Granda in the BBC's local radio soap,
"The McCooeys". He played the barman in the
film, Albert Sharpe had the leading role as Darby.
Quite unannounced, he arrived with his wife for the
last showing on the Friday evening, and was in fact
queuing to buy tickets when he was recognised by the
Curzon's manager, Mr. Spiers. The two were immediately
escorted to the best available circle seats, Mr. Sharpe
explaining on the way that this would be his first-ever
viewing of the completed film.
When the lights came up for the sales interval, I could
see the couple seated quietly, unrecognised by those
sitting around them. At the end of the show they crossed
the Ormeau Road and joined the queue at the bus stop.
The star of a major Hollywood film who evidently did
not expect star treatment.
Billy Blaney - June '05
To answer K. Bradley's question, slides were in use
in cinemas for many years, in the case of the Curzon
right up to the late seventies. Not so much for advertising
in later years as for making announcements about showing
times etc. They were three and one quarter inch square
and were usually made up of two pieces of thin glass
bound together with passé-partout tape.
One glass would carry the printed details, the other
would be tinted with transparent paints to add colour.
Some were commercially produced, others hand-made. They
were projected by a special lantern. One of their uses
was to sometimes summon a patron from the cinema in
cases of emergency. The message would be scratched with
a pen near the edge of an otherwise opaque slide, e.g.
Mr. Smith, Ormeau Road, please go to cash desk. This
was projected on top of the picture, only the actual
message appearing as white letters at the top edge of
the screen. I don't know if Spackman's had a slide,
but that rhyme was certainly their advertising slogan.
Geraldine Morgan - June '05
Hi i've just been reading your coments on the Curzon
and i also have fond memories. I lived behind the gas
works in River Terrace and i mind goin up the Ormeau
Rd on Sat to see the pictures. One i mind well was Darby
OGill and The Little People. We sat in front row....sister
brother and cousins..and nearly ended in the back row
when the banshee came along and the stage coach.eek
Around that time i mind seein a cardboard cutout of
an Aztac wether it was the choc bar or a figure i cant
mind....just that Aztac was the name...fond memories.......i
found this site while going on a trip down memory lane
looking old pics of Belfast. Great to read the comments.
Victor Whiteley - May '05
To Jim McKeown
Hello 'young bucko'.
Having lost track of you some years ago I was overjoyed
to tap into this site. You must be congratulated for
keeping alive, if not the physical building, the must
be millions of memories which are out there. I have
aquired a copy of 'Queen Of Hearts'. If it is permitted
to do so on this site, here is a safe email address
Rab McAdams - May 05
for Ron, the picture house on the Woodstock Road was
called the Willowfield but everybody just called it
the winky. We used to go there for the Saturday matinees.
I hope this helps him, if I can be of any more help
please fell free to contact me.
Anyone who wants to find out about
the old cinemas should go to google.co.uk when it comes
up, click on images and type in belfast cinemas. Tthey
will get old photos and all the info they want. Hope
this has been of some help.. rab.
Roger Kane - May '05
Lovely, I remember going with my big brother to the
curzon in the 1960s, it was great; so sad to see the
place has been demolished, if anybody has any old photographs
of Belfast in general I would love to hear from them;
as I am updating a web site all about Belfast.
Brian McKenna - May '05
I grew up in the Clonard area (Falls/Springfield). In
the late 50s and all through the 60s I thought nothing
of taking two buses over to the Curzon - it and the
Ritz/ABC were my favourite cinemas. I liked the fact
that the Curzon was independent; very often you'd get
a great double-bill: a new film with a good second feature
some years old. Indeed, I wrote to the cinema's directors,
praising them for this policy; I got a nice letter in
reply. Sorry it all had to come to an end. Now in my
mid-60s I look back on my bus trips to many enjoyable
occasions in the Curzon. ---- Brian McKenna (Co. Wicklow).
Billy Blaney - April '05
I hope it won't be considered pedantic if I point out
a small error in James Gracey's article. Three brand
new cinemas did indeed open in Belfast on that historic
day, December 12th, 1936. But the Ritz was not one of
them. It had already opened some weeks earlier, showing
"Queen Of Hearts", Gracie Fields also appearing
The Curzon began with the same film, and as stated,
the Broadway opened on the same day. The third cinema
was in fact the Park, Oldpark Road.
K.Bradley - April '05
i enjoyed the article and i wonder does anyone know
of advertising "slides" used in cinemas? perhaps
in the 30's, i remember my father telling about one
" when i was a lad i went with my dad and always
got clad at spackmans , now i'm a dad with many a lad
and we all get clad at spackmans" is my memory
playing tricks or is there any record of these adverts
Ron - April '05
What about the cinema on the woodstock road. I can't
recall the name of it, although I know I spent many
a matinee there on a saturday afternoon.
James Mc Dade - April 05
My father was very strict and we were not allowed to
go to the cinema. However in 1947 when I was about 5
yrs old I recall going to the Curzon with my elder brother.
It was the first film I had seen and I was wide eyed.
It was about Wild Bill Hickock and I still remember
him being shot in the back. It was the start of a love
affair with the cinema all through my teens.
Victor Whiteley -
To Jude Whyte - I'm unable to give you any further info
on Harry Skelton as many years have passed. Considering
his age when he was employed at the Curzon I would say
he has joined the ranks of ex doormen in the big cinema
in the sky.
Hilary Drummond - March 05
To Brian Rogan,
I vaguely remember being in the Curzon that time too
- you had a habit of making strange noises as I recall!
I was home in Belfast two years ago and was sick to
my stomach to see the Curzon gone. Suddenly all the
memories came flooding back - how nervous I was trying
to get into an X-rated film at the age og sixteen, and
hoping the doorman wouldn't see through the layers of
Keith - March 05
It was knocked down
to make way for new wasteland in 2003.
YPAM ED - Just a thought
: since you guys seem to be regulars and almost chatting
to each other on this page, why not use our Message
Board to keep the conversation going .. ?
Brendan Muldoon - February '05
I had many enjoyable visits to the Curzon over the years.
This is where I first saw Star Wars in 1976. I still
regret the closure of this cinema which despite the
competition from other 'multi plex cinemas', might still
have been a viable cinema financially, with enough thought
Maeve - February '05
I don’t normally leave comments on web sites in
fact this is only the second web thing I’ve ever
replied to. I found your site funny enough on google
while looking for something else entirely. I have spent
the past three evenings at work reading through the
endless stuff you have and I felt I really should just
I have criticised the BBC many times for the way in
which it portrays <or doesn’t> this great
wee country we live in. So often BBC somehow misses
the real character of the place. So now I’m eating
my hat. I have to say you are getting it dead right.
I love this web site.
Sorry I cant leave my email address because I work
in a public body and we’re not allowed to use
the mail for personal stuff.
Anyway keep it up.
Jude Whyte - February '05
Thanks for the replies to my comments, is Harry Skelton
still alive? and if so how can i contact him? Where
did he live and how did he get a job like this?
Memory is a strange thing, of course he was called torchy
now that I remember, what else could he be called ?
Andrew Allen - February '05
The best local cinema in Northern Ireland!
It is trully missed!
Brian Rogan - February '05
Uncle Sydney threw me out of Ben Hur for making cat
noises and sitting on the back of the seats as if they
were chariots. Michael Vize was with me he now lives
in New Zealand....I only saw Ben hur in full for the
first time last year...imagine expecting 13 year old
boys to sit through a four hour epic!!!
Michael Campbell - February '05
Victor, you may be right. Maybe I remember what I wanted
to, but I was convinced I saw the great man in the flesh.
Your memory of the year he may or may not have appeared
is better than mine. I was certainly a regular in 1958
and in the years before and when it became the Curzon
Cinema Childrens Club. I do remember queuing up for
a membership badge - but the rest is apparently a figment
of my imagination. You've just shattered the memories
of a lifelong (well maybe not!) Roy Rogers fan!!
Bernie - January '05
re Jude Whyte you remember the appollo? It was like
an ice box. That brought memories flooding back, your
man on the doors with the o'wl uniform full of stains
- we new him as "torchy", he use to try and
catch us sneaking up to the back stalls or coming in
the fire exit, i'd forgotten about him.
Victor Whiteley - January '05
Sorry Michael Campbell, Roy Rogers did not appear at
the Curzon. He was approached by the Curzon management
to make an appearance at the Roy Rogers Club and I think
he did intend to do so, but due to a clause in his contract
at that time he was unable to appear. The Ormeau Road
was lined with people who had hoped for a glimpse of
Roy riding his famous horse up to the Cinema. The event
was to have taken place on a Saturday morning in the
fifties, maybe 1958. I can tell you that shortly after
this the Roy Rogers Club changed its name and became
the Curzon Cinema Childrens Club in 1959. The club ran
To Jude Whyte - The boot camp commander on the door
at the Curzon at that time would have been Mr Harry
Skelton, he did wear a green uniform and a peak cap,
just like a naval officer!
To Tom Graham - I think the cinema you refer to was
the Gaumont - Classic, now British Home Stores.
Bernie - January '05
Just another thought about the Curzon [roy rogers club]
I remember Sidney coming on stage, he use to read out
some lucky numbers printed on lolly pop sticks and the
bottom of ice cream cartons. Many a time I seen Sidney
dive for cover behind the big curtains : everyone was
slinging everything at him for not reading out their
numbers. I can't remember what the prize was maybe free
Jude Whyte - January '05
There was a Cinema at the Corner of Agincourt Avenue
and the Ormeau Road called the Appollo.It closed very
early in my life I think 1964 when i was 7 years of
age. I remember going to it with my friend Big Tony
Mc Alvenny and getting chased out for not standing for
the Queen by a crowd from The bakery.The Building is
now a Chinese Wholesale Food Store. The Film we watched
was King Kong.
Bernie - January '05
Hi can you help, can anyone remember a cinema at the
lagan bridge, ormeau rd.
i think it was the apollo, it would good to hear about
it .many thanks great reading about the curzon.
Michael Campbell - January '05
I read the notes on the Roy Rogers Club at the Curzon
and a few more memories came back to me. I remember
(year?) when Roy Rogers himself turned up one Saturday
morning, together with Trigger, and instead of the usual
film clip of Roy saying a prayer, the man himself said
it there on the stage. Does anyone else remember. Please,
someone confirm it as it will win me a small bet. The
manager of the Curzon in those days was a Mr. Sidney
Spears and we answered in unison to his "Good morning
children" with "Good morning Uncle Sidney"
Tom Graham - January '05
Hi from Australia,
Enjoyed your articles on Cinema in Belfast and the Curzon.
I occasionally visited the Curson when I stayed with
my grandparents in Candahar Steet in the late 1950's.
My home cinemas were the Majestic and Regal on Lisburn
Road. I much preferred the Majestic - 1930's modern
- thick red carpet and photos of movie stars on the
stairs up to the balcony.
I have a memory of going to see the 1st screening of
"Davy Crockett" at the Majestic - There was
a huge crowd milling around outside, far more than could
get in to see the film. I eventually gave up and went
home. Other memories of cinema in the 50's are:
1. Mantovani - every cinema seemed to use his music.
2. Tears in my eyes - not because of sad movies, but
the cigarette smoke. No worries about passive smoking
3. National Anthem - There was usually a rush for the
exits before it started.
I remember a cinema on the corner of Castle Lane and
Castle Arcade. I think it was called the Strand. I guess
it has long gone. I'd like to know if my memory is correct.
Perhaps somebody can help?
Jim Walsh - December '04
I left Belfast for the US in 1959. I have fond
memories of attending the Roy Rogers Club on
Saturday mornings at the Curzon. My mother
used this time to get me and my younger brother out
of the house for a few hours while she and my sisters
cleaned the house. We rode the bus up the Ormeau Road
from the corner of Eliza Street and Cromac Street. Prior
to the usual Roy Rogers movie and sometimes Flash Gordon
episodes there would be contests where kids would win
small gifts etc. The very best part of the Roy Rogers
Club was that you received a birthday card from Roy
and Dale on your birthday. I remember carrying one around
in my pocket until it fell to pieces.
Jude Whyte - December 04
This was a smashing article believe me.I spent all of
my days as aprimary school kid at this Cinenma and the
memories are flooding back One question who was the
very cross man on the door in the funny suit who may
have been mistaken for a Boot Camp Commander?
Barry Compston -
I am a past projectionist from 1985 and have many photos,
35mm ranging from shorts to old adverts and intermission
titles. I have many stories and keep in touch with some
of the past staff.
Feel free to contact me if you need any help.
paul feeney - Feb 08
any pupes from Rosario school sunnyside street from
the days of the curson, 1958 through to say 63, my name
Paul Feeney Left for Canada in 58 came back in 60 and
left around 63
teacher was Mickey rafferty and Mr Langley was head,
names i remember were frank shields , jimmy white, John
king, david lemeon ? brian hallom.
I have a school phote taken in the yard at the back
of the shool, would pass it on by e mail for all to
identify fellow classmates of that era Now in Uk since
Paul Feeney - Feb 08
early 60 the head usher was known as skeleton due to
his height and wee took the p... out of him by putting
banger in the towlet and running back to our seats ,
any one around from that periond?
Name P Feeney now 61 years went to rosario school on