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New £5.2m boutique cinema opens in Belfast this weekend

The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.

The Avenue Cinema, Café & Bar, a brand-new luxury cinema concept, will officially open on Friday 10th March at CastleCourt Shopping Centre in Belfast, following a £5.2m investment.


The 28,000 sq. ft space will boast nine luxuriously designed, sixty-seat auditoriums, with plush velvet double-sofas and armchairs, each with their own side table and footstool with extra legroom for the ultimate in-cinema comfort.



Showcasing some of the latest blockbusters, live and event content, as well as alternative content such as seasonal classics, each auditorium comes fully fitted with the latest in digital projection and Dolby surround-sound technology, delivering the best big-screen picture and sound quality to movie-goers.


The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.


The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.

The Avenue’s world-class cinematic experience will offer classic snacks such as freshly made popcorn and sweet treats as well as an exciting food and beverage offering, serving a selection of chef-prepared food, cakes and pastries, alongside coffee, wines, beers and cocktails. Whether you’re indulging in the small plates; hand-stretched sourdough pizzas; loaded nachos and gourmet burgers, you can choose to either sit down with your food at one of the stylish café-bar lounge areas or have it delivered to your seat during a screening in the sophisticated auditoriums.



The Avenue Cinema, Café & Bar re-imagines the conventional cinema experience for the Northern Ireland audience. The Avenue’s interiors, led by Gordon Devenney, Principle of O’Donnell O’Neill Design’s Belfast Studios, offers elegant finishes and features in a contemporary art deco style. The impressive surroundings are complemented by the venue's bold new in-cinema dining concept.


The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.


The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.

A talented team of renowned architects, designers, contractors, chefs and mixologists have banded together to create this new dynamic and innovative offering for the city.


The Avenue pays homage to the historic picture house of the same name, that once stood in the same location. The Avenue was the first Northern Ireland picture house to screen the talkies in 1929, and was at the heart of a varied and diverse cinema culture across the city. The Avenue is set to blaze a trail, taking audiences back to the roots of local picture houses with a reimagined experience that will capture the magic of cinema once more.



Speaking on the launch of The Avenue, Paul Anderson, Director of The Avenue Cinema said:


“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new luxury cinema concept The Avenue Cinema in Belfast. We have used the best interior designers, suppliers and contractors to help us create a unique and elevated cinema experience. This is a really exciting time for us and we look forward to welcoming guests to this new cinema experience We have worked with numerous experts to create a memorable, warm, and friendly atmosphere, which will be complemented by the impeccable service that is at the heart of everything we do.”


Leona Barr CastleCourt Centre Manager and Paul Anderson Director of The Avenue.
Leona Barr CastleCourt Centre Manager and Paul Anderson Director of The Avenue.

 


Leona Barr, Centre Manager at CastleCourt Shopping Centre added:


“We are delighted to officially welcome The Avenue to CastleCourt, where our visitors can now enjoy a cinema experience that is completely new and unique to the Centre and the city.


“This is an exciting time for CastleCourt as we continue our redevelopment to offer visitors and shoppers a growing choice of retail, hospitality and leisure outlets which create a great day out for consumers in Belfast.”


Scream VI, Creed III and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are amongst the first films to be shown in the brand-new cinema. Tickets for The Avenue Cinema cost £14 for adults and £10 for children. The Avenue will have off-peak pricing between Monday to Friday before 5pm costing £12 for adults and £9 for children.



The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.
The Avenue Cinema, Belfast.


The Avenue will screen the latest blockbuster releases, live and event content and alternative content such as seasonal classics and will be open 10am – 12am, 7 days a week. The brand-new cinema, café & bar is a family -friendly venue, showing all the latest blockbusters as well as the latest animation and kids films. Ticket holders will also be able to avail of 3 hours of parking at CastleCourt for the price of 1 hour.


You can follow The Avenue Cinema on Instagram @theavenuecinema


To find out more and to book tickets visit www.theavenuecinema.com/



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