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Published February 23rd 2013
In these tough economic times, a trip to the cinema has, for many, become something of a luxury - a treat rather than a habit. Thank God, then, for Mondays at The Queen's Film Theatre, where all tickets for all films are £3.
The Queen's Film Theatre (or QFT) is located in the heart of the University Quarter, and is conveniently located between the cafés and takeaways on Botanic Avenue and the restaurants on University Road. A visit to the cinema allows you to take in one of the finest terraces in the country, and one of Belfast's architectural gems.
Designed by Belfast's most renowned architect, Sir Charles Lanyon, University Square was built in the mid nineteenth century. The warm red-brick buildings – originally private residences – were finished in the Georgian style and now belong to the university. Going up the steps and in through the door of the QFT is a welcome change from the typical twenty-first century mall-based cinema experience.
The uniqueness of the QFT doesn't end there. Fully refurbished in 2004, it now comprises not only two screens but also a fully licenced bar – the only cinema in Northern Ireland to offer such a service.
The QFT describes itself as the 'home of independent cinema in Northern Ireland' and its monthly programme truly has something for everyone, from Oscar-nominated films to the most recent releases from around the world. And there is always room in the schedule for seasonal specials, such as films for Christmas or for Valentine's Day, as well as retrospectives showcasing particular directors or actors. At the time of writing, upcoming events include a series of Hitchcock Sunday matinees as well as a week highlighting the best of Japanese cinema.
The QFT is open seven days a week from 6pm until late, with matinee screenings every Sunday.