• The Blues Brothers

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    After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time?

    This project has been supported through the Micro Grant Programme, and the Touring Cinema Fund.

    Friday 17th Aug 2018, 7.30PM

    The Blues Brothers
    Release date: 1980
    Certificate: 15
    Director: John Landis
    Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway
    Running Time: 2h 13min Comedy
    THE STORY:After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority.


    Cup Cake (2010) MONDAY 27th August 2018, 7:30PM
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    27th Sept 2017

    3rd Annual General Meeting on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7.00pm

    Portrush Film Theatre celebrate three years of outstanding success Portrush Film Theatre, PFT, a not for profit community group will hold their 3rd Annual General Meeting on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7.00pm in the Playhouse Cinema, Main Street, Portrush. The group was founded in 2014. Chairperson John McCloskey said. “PFT was established to promote greater appreciation of and enthusiasm for film culture in the local community. Since PFT was launched in November 2014 we have entertained approximately 2,500 patrons. I speak on behalf of all the committee when I say it is a pleasure not just to offer the community a great night’s entertainment for just £4 but also to breathe life into this magnificent historic building.” PFT present films in the Playhouse Cinema on Main Street, Portrush. Originally named the Majestic Cinema which opened on 7th April 1939 it is now part of the Kiwis Bar complex. Mr McCloskey continued “After the official business of the AGM there will be refreshments and an opportunity for all to meet with the PFT committee to learn more about the PFT project. Three short films, all produced locally, will then be presented. “A Pornographer Woos” written by Bernard McLaverty and directed by Patrick Myles, “Dam” directed by Conan McIvor and “Homecoming” written and directed by Sinead O’Loughlin who will be present on the night for a Q & A with the audience.” Mr McCloskey concluded. “May I also thank our sponsors Portrush Community Enterprise, CBC Arts Committee, The Community Foundation, QUB Film Hub NI, UU Coleraine and BFF. I extend a warm welcome to everyone to come to our AGM and celebrate three years of outstanding success.”

    22nd Sept 2017

    Three years old and doing better every year!

    Can you believe that Portrush Film Theatre is 3 years old? Seems like no time at all since a group of us got together and put £10 each into a kitty to be used for showing films in The Playhouse on a regular basis. Since then we've shown dozens of films, comedy, documentary, classic, new releases and locally made features. We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who happily work hard to keep showing films. Perhaps you want to know more about us or would like to get involved? Come to our 3rd AGM on Thursday 5th October at 7pm in The Playhouse, Portrush, it will be followed by a screening of 3 short films, all made in N Ireland with at least one of the directors planning to attend for a Q&A. There is no charge for this evening and all are welcome.

    25th Feb 2017

    Thank you Basic Income Ireland!

    I, Daniel Blake on 26th January was such a huge success that we were able to make a £200 donation to Basic Income Ireland. Tony Weekes from BSI gave an interesting input after the film and a lively discussion followed. Basic Income Ireland is a network of people working towards making universal basic income a reality in Ireland. Everyone is welcome to get involved, in big or small ways. You can also join their email list, to receive reports of their meetings and other notifications. Please send an email to basic.income@nuim.ie

    11th Feb 2017

    Coming Soon!

    Thursday 23rd Feb: Embrace of the Serpent 2015 (125mins) Columbia. Stunningly shot in black and white, this journey takes us deep into the Amazon in search of a sacred healing plant with a shaman, the sole survivor of his tribe and two European scientists whose visits span 40 years.
    Thursday 9th March: The Fits 2015 (72 mins) USA. This multi award winning drama tells the story of 11year old boxer Toni (Royalty Hightower) who works out at the gym where a dance troupe practice and despite herself she joins the group, trying to fit in at a time when the group are mysteriously afflicted with fits.
    Thursday 30th March: Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 (101mins) New Zealand. A rebellious kid (Julian Dennison) is sent to a foster family ( Sam Neill and Rima Te Wiata) in the sticks where his interest in rap and haiku seem irrelevant but find their place in building relationships with his uncle. This is a cracker – really funny!

    10th Feb 2017

    Building Relationships

    Nigel (our projectionist+) has teamed up with Intofilm and will be showing two films for schools in March. This is a great opportunity as Nigel had been keen to set up a PFT for kids and Intofilm will do all the groundwork leaving us to simply show the film on the day. Coincidentally, Ulster University have secured a bit of funding to run about six family films during April-June on Saturdays, the dates and titles are yet to be decided but the idea is that the Uni shows films along with PFT as a way of reaching families who wouldn't identify with the Uni normally.

    5th March 2016

    Our next showing!

    We are delighted to announce our showing on 14th March 2016, The Survivalist. This film will be followed by a Q&A from BAFTA nominated director, Stephen Fingleton. Showing at The Playhouse only 2 days after it's official release!

    13th January 2016

    Our next showing!

    We have had projector difficulties but are delighted to announce our February showing on the 4 time Oscar winning No Country For Old Men.

    1st December 2015

    More Licensing Issues!

    We have had some licensing issues in the past but after exhaustive emails we have be told that Star Wars is now not available. How a small theatre in Portrush can possibly have an impact on the release of the latest Star Wars film we have no idea. It is what it is and we are currently seeking an alternative for December.

    29th September 2015

    Licensing Issues!

    We have had some licensing issues with Women on the Verge and John was almost on the verge! It is all sorted now and we are pleased to confirm out next showing of Women in the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on 5th November, doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm.

    15th September 2015

    It's AGM time

    After an excellent first year we will hold our AGM at The Playhouse just prior to the screening of The Stranger 21st September 2015.

    2nd June 2015

    Our summer programme!

    After a very busy month showing both Road and RUSH we are now planning our summer progamme. Galaxy Quest, The Boxtrolls and Hoodwinked have June, July and August sorted! Something for all the family.

    20th May 2015


    We had a hugely successful showing of ROAD. Our very own Liam Beckett was the subject of he Q&A afterwards which we ran in the Cinema itself. It was a great evening and thanks to everyone for their hard work in making this such a successful event.

    20th March 2015


    After a meeting with members of Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club NI we now plan to show Road during the NW200 week, Friday 15th May. This film is a great delebration of Irish Road Racing focussing on the Dunlop family, their triumphs and tragedies. There will be a q&a afterwards and we are hoping to have some very special guests for that. It will be another great night!

    24th February 2015

    True Grit!

    We had a great turn out last night for True Grit despite the weather. It seemed like it was a movie which was enjoyed by everyone. Wh had a great Q&A session in the bar afterwards with Prof. Martin McLoone who did a brief talk prior the film. The Q&A session developed very quickly into general film discussion, likes, dislikes, wish lists and the like. A great way to round off a great evening.

    31st January 2015

    YouTube channel Created

    We have created a YouTube channel mainly for a couple of videos from the opening night but we hope to add as we continue with our exploits! Find it here:
    PFT On YouTube

    28th January 2015


    Website updated to relfect next film and previous showings.

    26th January 2015

    Our opening night!

    We had an astonishing turnout for our opening night, a full house! Guests included Mrs. Thatcher no less! A great night was had by all with a rapturous applause at the end of PRIDE. Feedback has been incredible and we are taking a well earned rest before beginning to organise for True Grit! We will upload photos as soon as they are available.

    10th January 2015

    Guest for our opening night!

    Robert Kincaid, an activist from the group ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’ is coming to our Opening Night! He travelled to the Welsh Valleys with Mark Ashton to give their support and show solidarity with the miners. Robert will give us a little insight into what it was like to be there and to be a part of the extraordinary story as told in PRIDE! There will also be a Q & A session in the bar afterwards. Read more about this extraordinary story here.

    19th December 2014

    Forum Finished!

    A format for the forum has been finalised. I have tried to give it the "feel" of the main site and hopefully have succeeded. I have resisted the temptation to "spruce it up" with all sorts of modifications so it is quite a basic forum. Hopefully those with an interest in our group and a general interest in films will make use of it.

    12th December 2014

    Forum Live!

    The forum is up an running. I'm trying to make it look and feel more like the main site so it will periodically change. Feel free to register using the link above.

    11th December 2014

    Forum Still Down!

    Although the website is up and running the servers are still having problems with the database required fopr the forum! Hopefully it will be running in the next few days.

    10th December 2014

    Website goes live!

    Our website is now up and running! Believe it or not the recent typhoon in Thailand effected the server so development was slow and they have only just become stable. We hope it reflects the dynamic feel we have for Portrush FILM Theatre and we hope you like it!

    4th of December 2014

    Pride Secure!

    The committee today has been informed that we have been given the rights to show Pride. Excellent news!

  • welcome to our site

    "Run by volunteers, Portrush Film Theatre is a non-profit, community based cinema group. Our aim is to promote greater appreciation of, and enthusiasm for, film culture in the local community by showing a diverse range of Irish , British and World cinema in a warm and friendly atmosphere ".

    Using The Playhouse with it's unique Art Deco design and long history of cinema we boast a well stocked bar and traditional sweet sales at every show. Portrush FILM Theatre is a welcome alternative to the multiplex way of enjoying films and puts the old fashioned excitement back into "Movie Night"!

    The Playhouse Story

    A "colourful" past is one way to describe it but did you know it opened in 1939? Construction began in the 1930's and The Majestic Cinema opened on 7th April 1939 (Good Friday). It had seating for 792 in stalls and circle levels and the proscenium was 40 feet wide. Initially operated by an independent operator, it was later taken over by the Curran Cinemas chain.

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  • Previous films

    The Foyer

    Locally-made Bad Day For the Cut came to Portrush on the second night of it's tour of independent film groups and had our audience gripped right to the end. Nigel O' Neill's performance never falters as he emerges from mild-mannered farmer living with his mother, to become a man bent on revenge and stopping at nothing to achieve it. A cracking story from Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin. If you had chosen to watch NI get beaten by Switzerland 1-0 due to the 'worst penalty in history' instead, then poor you!

    Thursday 24th May 2018, 7.30PM

    The Death of Stalin
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Armando Iannucci
    Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor
    Running Time: 1h 47min Comedy
    THE STORY: Early 1953, Moscow, and Joseph Stalin is found dead in his office. The senior members of the Council of Ministers scramble to maintain order, weed out the competition, and, ultimately, try to take power.

    Thursday 26th April 2017, 7.30PM

    I Am Not Your Negro
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 12A
    Director: Raoul Peck
    Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte
    Running Time: 1h 33min
    THE STORY: Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, 'Remember This House'.

    Thursday 12th April 2017, 7.30PM

    Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Paul McGuigan
    Starring: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Stephen Graham
    Running Time: 1h 45min
    Biography, Drama, Romance
    THE STORY: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

    Thursday 28th December 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 1984
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Michael Radford
    Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
    Running Time: 1h 53min
    Drama, Sci-Fi
    THE STORY: In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

    Saturday 9th December 2017, 2.00PM

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Release date: 2015
    Certificate: 12A
    Director: J.J. Abrams
    Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
    Running Time: 2h 16min
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
    THE STORY: Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

    Thursday 30th November 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 2015
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Sean Baker
    Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
    Running Time: 1h 28min
    Comedy, Crime, Drama
    THE STORY: A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

    Saturday 25th November 2017, 7.30PM

    Saturday Night Fever
    Release date: 1978
    Certificate: 18
    Director: John Badham
    Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller
    Running Time: 1h 58min
    Animation, Drama, Music
    THE STORY: A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life.

    Saturday 18th November 2017, 2.00PM

    The Lion King
    Release date: 1994
    Certificate: U
    Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
    Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones
    Running Time: 1h 28min
    Animation, Adventure, Drama
    THE STORY: Lion cub and future king, Simba, searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.


    Saturday 25th November - Saturday Night Fever @ 07:30pm

    Saturday 11th November 2017, 2.00PM

    My Life as a Courgette
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Claude Barras
    Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
    Running Time: 1h 6min
    Animation, Comedy, Drama
    THE STORY: After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

    Thursday 9th November 2017, 7.30PM

    Bad Day for the Cut
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 18
    Director: Chris Baugh
    Starring: Nigel O'Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski
    Running Time: 1h 39min
    THE STORY: A middle-aged Irish farmer, who still lives at home with his mother, sets off on a mission of revenge when the old lady is murdered.

    Saturday 28TH October 2017, 1.30PM

    Release date: 2012
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
    Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
    Running Time: 1h 32min
    Animation, Adventure, Comedy
    THE STORY: Young Norman Babcock has the ability to speak with the dead and often prefers their company. Norman receives word from strange Uncle Prenderghast that a curse on their town is real and about to come true -- and that only Norman can stop it. Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

    Saturday 23rd September 2017, 2.00PM

    Release date: 1986
    Certificate: U
    Director: Jim Henson
    Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
    Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
    A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

    Thursday 21st September 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Sean Foley
    Starring: Essie Davis, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan
    Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
    A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.

    THURSDAY 7th September 2017, 7.30PM

    The Peacemaker
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: U
    Director: James Demo
    Starring: Padraig O'Malley
    Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Drama, Romance, War
    A stunning documentary about Padraig O'Malley, renowned for his ability to bring opposing sides together, to lay down the groundwork for compromise and mediation. But he also has his own internal conflicts and struggle. He is an addict — an alcoholic who has lost the memory of entire periods of his life’. Amazingly, Padraig will be with us for a question and answer session after the film!!

    MONDAY 28th August 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 1943
    Certificate: U
    Director: Michael Curtiz
    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
    Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
    Drama, Romance, War
    In a dangerous Islamic city, on the fringes of a major war-zone, an American is staring down an axis of evil. Surrounded by sinister foreign plotters and malfeasants, should he stand by idly or intervene, committing murder to protect his beliefs? There, in a nutshell, is the plot of any number of self-important movies about the fight against terror (films such as Rendition, The Kingdom, Lions for Lambs). But this is also the story of one of the best-loved films in all of cinema.

    THURSDAY 17th August 2017, 7.30PM

    Dirty Dancing
    Release date: 1987
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Emile Ardolino
    Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
    Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Adventure, Drama, Family
    Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. But this film isn't about plots is it? It's about dancing.

    SATURDAY 12th August 2017, 2.00PM

    Swallows and Amazons
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
    Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall
    Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
    Adventure, Drama, Family Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit.

    SATURDAY 15th July 2017, 2.00PM

    The Jungle Book
    Release date: 1967
    Certificate: U
    Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
    Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima
    Running Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
    Animation, Adventure, Family Disney animation inspired by Rudyard Kiplings "Mowgli" story. Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce tiger, Shere Kahn, is nearby, they decide to send Mowgli to a local "man tribe". On his way to the village, Mowgli meets many animal characters in this musical tale. When Shere Kahn learns of Mowgli's presence, he tracks him down.

    THURSDAY 29th June 2017, 7.30PM

    A Date for Mad Mary
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Darren Thornton
    Starring: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey
    Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
    Documentary Mad' Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. 'A date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.

    THURSDAY 15th June 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Barry Jenkins
    Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
    Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes
    Documentary The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

    FRIDAY 1st June 2017, 7.30PM

    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 12
    Director: Daniel Gordon
    Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
    Documentary Explores the beloved football rock and roll star in a way you have never seen him before, celebrating his prowess on the pitch, revealing his flaws, and his tragic final years.

    FRIDAY 12TH MAY 2017, 7.30PM

    Easy Rider
    Release date: 1969
    Certificate: 18
    Director: Dennis Hopper
    Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
    Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
    Adventure, Drama Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

    THURSDAY 13TH APRIL 2017, 7.30PM

    The Young Offenders
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Peter Foott
    Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose
    Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
    Comedy Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.

    THURSDAY 30TH MARCH 2017, 7.30PM

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: 12A
    Director: Taika Waititi
    Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
    Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
    Drama A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

    THURSDAY 9TH MARCH 2017, 7.30PM

    The Fits
    Release date: 2017
    Certificate: 12A
    Director: Anna Rose Holmer
    Starring: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.
    Running Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
    Drama - While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.


    Embrace of the Serpent
    Release date: 2015
    Certificate: 12A
    Director: Ciro Guerra
    Starring: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar
    Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
    Adventure, Drama - The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

    Thursday 26th January 2017, 7.30pm

    I, Daniel Blake
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: 15
    Director: Ken Loach
    Starring: Dave Johns & Hayley Squires
    Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Thriller - A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

    Thursday 29th December 2016, 7.30pm

    Dr Strangelove
    Release date: 1964
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Peter Sellers & George C. Scott
    Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
    Thriller - An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

    Thursday 17th November

    An Evening with John T Davis
    7pm - Shellshock Rock
    Release date: 1979
    Certificate: U
    Director: John T Davis
    Starring: Jake Burns, Henry Couney, Brian Faloon
    Running Time: 47 minutes
    Documentary - All the raw energy and excitement of the 1970s punk rock scene in Northern Ireland is on display in this cracking music documentary.
    8pm - HOBO
    Release date: 1991
    Certificate: U
    Director: John T Davis
    Starring: Beargrease, Scott Caribou, Minot Louis
    Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Documentary - From Minneapolis to Seattle: Ride the Rails with Beargrease in the shadow of the "American Dream".

    9.30pm - Q&A with Jonh T Davis

    10pm - It Ain't Country, It's Cowboy
    Acoustic Session with John T Davis and Guest

    Monday 31st October 2016, 7.30pm

    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
    Release date: 2014
    Certificate: 18
    Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
    Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi & Marshall Manesh
    Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
    Thriller, Romance, Horror - Residents of a worn-down Iranian city encounter a skateboarding vampire (Sheila Vand) who preys on men who disrespect women..

    Monday 29th August 2016, 7.30pm

    A Trip to the Moon &
    The Extraordinary Voyage
    Release date: 1902
    Certificate: U
    Directors: George Méliès, Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange
    Starring: Georges Méliès
    Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
    Sci-Fi, Documentary - Widely seen as one of the most influential films in cinema history, Georges Méliès’ ground-breaking 1902 movie ‘A Trip To The Moon’ continues to delight thanks to its lavish scenery, spectacular visuals and innovative special effects. Followed by the documentary ‘The Extraordinary Voyage’ which chronicles the cinematic journey of this iconic film.

    Saturday 30th July 2016, 3.30pm

    Oddball and the Penguins
    Release date: 2016
    Certificate: U
    Director: Stuart McDonald
    Starring: Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Deborah Mailman
    Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
    Family Animation - An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

    Monday 20th June 2016

    A Turning Tide in the Life of Man
    Release date: 2014
    Certificate: U
    Director: Loïc Jourdain
    Starring: John O'Brien
    Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Documentary - Over 8 years, a fisherman puts himself, as 'David against Goliath', in the heart of the new reform of the Common Fisheries in Brussels, to try to understand and change the system that took everything from him.

    Friday 20th May 2016

    The Soloist
    Release date: 24th April 2014 (USA)
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Joe Wright
    Starring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener
    Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes
    Biography - Drama - Music - A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

    Monday 11th April 2016

    Song of the Sea
    Release date: 10th July 2015
    Certificate: PG
    Director: Tomm Moore
    Starring: David Rawl, Brendan Gellson, Lisa Hannigan
    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Animation - Family - Fantasy - Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

    Monday 14th March 2016

    The Survivalist
    Release date: 12th March 2016
    Certificate: 18
    Director: Stephen Fingleton
    Starring: Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Andrew Simpson
    Running Time: 104 minutes
    Drama - Sci-Fi - Thriller - In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women discover his farm, his existence threatened.

    Friday 26th February 2016

    No Country For Old Men
    Release date: November 2007
    Director: Ethan & Joel Coen
    Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Woody Harelson
    Running Time:122 minutes
    Crimew - Drama - Thriller - Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

    Monday 12th November 2015

    Release date:2015
    Director: Asif Kapadia
    Running Time: 128 minutes
    Music - Documentary - The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. This is the Amy Winehouse few of us ever got to witness, radiating cheeky self-confidence and finding joy in sharing her considerable gifts.

    Monday 15th November 2015

    Release date: 2014
    Director: Damien Chazelle
    Staring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
    Running Time: 107 minutes
    Music - Drama - A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

    Monday 19th October 2015

    The Shining
    Release date: 1980
    Director: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
    Running Time: 146 minutes
    Horror - A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

    Monday 5th October 2015

    Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
    Release date:1988
    Director: Pedro Almodóvar
    Starring: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas
    Running Time: 88 minutes
    Spanish - Subtitles - Comedy - A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police are looking for her because of her boyfriend's criminal activities. They talk to a female lawyer, who turns out to be the lover's new lover, and everyone's path keeps crossing each other's in a very complicated and confusing manner.

    Monday 21st September 2015

    The Stranger
    Release date: 2014
    Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin
    Running Time: 84 minutes
    Irish - Documentary - An Englishman living in a 10 x 5 foot hovel on a remote Donegal island, dies suddenly, leaving years of dairies and notebooks. Did no-one on the island really know who the stranger was?

    Monday 20th July 2015

    The Boxtrolls
    Release date: 26 Spetember 2014
    Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
    Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost
    Animation - Comedy - Family - Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls. When evil Archibald Snatcher hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs and his friend Winnifred, devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

    Monday 22nd June 2015

    Galaxy Quest
    Release date: 25 December 1999
    Director: Dean Parisot
    Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
    Action - Comedy - Sci-Fi - The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

    Monday 25th May 2015

    Release date: 27 September 2014
    Director: Ron Howard
    Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
    Action - The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

    Saturday 15th May 2015

    Release date: 11 June 2014
    Director: Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery
    Narrator: Liam Neeson
    Documentary - Brothers addicted to speed, at any price. Motorcycle road racing is the most dangerous of all motor sports. One in which men compete at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on closed country roads. This is the dramatic and poignant story of two sets of brothers from Northern Ireland who have been united by success and by tragedy.

    Monday 27th April 2015

    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Release date: 24 March 2014
    Director: Wes Anderson
    Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
    Adventre - Comedy - The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

    Monday 23rd March 2015

    Release date: 24 December 2014
    Director: Amma Asante
    Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
    Drama - The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

    Monday 23rd February 2015

    True Grit
    Release date: 22 December 2010
    Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
    Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
    Western - Action - Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross joins an aging U.S. marshal and another lawman in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory.

    Monday 26th January 2015

    Release date: 16 October 2014
    Director: Matthew Warchus
    Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
    Comedy - Drama - U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

    Monday 24th November 2014

    Donnie Darko
    Release date: 26 October 2001
    Director: Richard Kelly
    Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
    Sci-Fi - Drama - A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

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  • The Playhouse Cinema Opens!

    The Portrush Playhouse

    For 40 years it operated as a successfully and was taken over by the Rank Organisation in the 1950’s. Initially, it was very successful but it began to suffer a decline until it closed in 1970. The building lay unused for several years, then in 1977, it was re-opened as The Playhouse Cinema by an independent operator. The seating capacity was reduced to 360, using the former circle only and the former stalls werechanged and used as an amusement arcade. It had closed again by 1980 however following a further re-furbishment The Playhouse Cinema re-opened in 1993 and in the Summer of 1997 a second 50-seat screen was created in the former rear stalls area. The the former circle screen now seated 315.

    The Recent Years

    It was closed in 2006, but was re-opened by the Movie House Cinemas chain in April 2007. However, by May 2008 it had closed once more. In early December 2008 major plans were proposed to revamp the building into a combined bar, cinema and theatre and with AJM Event Management Ltd. at the helm The Playhouse enjoyed a prosperous period for around 3 years where they hosted a myriad of top names including The Hothouse Flowers, The Outcasts and Ash as well as many top tribute bands. Although it did not actually close the past 2 years has seen limited use.

    The Playhouse Today

    A number of groups presently use The Playhouse and of couse it is an ideal place for Portrush FILM Theatre. Recent refurbishment means we can use the large cinema for our showings and with recently upgraded sound system and projector we promise you will enjoy an evening with us!

    With it's amazing Art Deco architecture still intact, The Playhouse is a wonderful building. Despite extensive refurbishment over the years and recent modernisation, improvements have been carried out in such a way that The Playhouse has remained true to it's original, 1930's design.

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