Films Cinema

Snow White

Snow White premièred at the Carthay Circle Theatre on the 21st December 1937, followed by a the nationwide USA release on the 4th February 1938. My dad took us to see the 25th Anniversary re-release in Belfast in 1963. I took my children to see the 50th Anniversary release in Dublin in 1988. My dad saw it in 1938, presumably first release, in Belfast. I wonder does my aunt remember?

Mary Poppins

Belfast, family outing in 1964 or 1965 (Original release is 1964). Even then I thought Bert’s accent was very strange. I was disappointed that there was no sequel.

1 Million Years BC

The rather strange (I thought) older sister of the girl next door wanted to go to the cinema. This was probably 1966. If it had been 1976 I might have not thought she was so much older than I! Obviously short of a boyfriend at the time so I was volunteered to go with her. Not much dialogue. I thought it a pretty boring film. We also either a week earlier or later watched The Vikings, a re-release (1958). It was too violent for my taste.


Belfast, a friend’s birthday party. Probably 1966 or 1967. A 1942 film, it was 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988. Yes we thought it was a tear jerker. I can’t imagine near teenagers today reacting the same.

Love Story

Too saccharine. The girl I went with to the Cinema wanted to go because she had seen it twice before.  This should have been an early warning. Dublin 1971, though released in USA in 1970. Catch line:

Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

I think this is nonsense. Love means sometimes saying sorry when you are convinced the other person is wrong! I think if you want a Tragedy then Romeo & Juliet is far better, or even the modern musical version of it, West Side Story. Actually I don’t like tragedies. Romance is fine.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Cashel Cinema Summer 1977 (USA release was summer 1976). I was on my own. Don’t go to the Cinema on your own. A somewhat gritty Clint Eastwood film that may have been edited for Irish release.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Belfast 1978. A first date with a serious girl friend, without anyone else we knew. So unlike seven years earlier I wasn’t too fussed about the content. Some quite nice cinematic scenes. Needs a good big screen and sound system. But really rubbish S.F.  Shortly after we went to watch Star Wars which was much better, it’s certainly a copy of Dune, but much better designed for Cinema.


With the development of VHS and Video Rental we hardly went to the Cinema more than a handful of times ever again. We had VHS from about January 1983 and DVD from 2001. Besides when you leave your parents’ home or the rented flat and have your own home it’s harder to have the enthusiasm you had earlier for the Cinema.

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