A Date for Mad Mary'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. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. 'A date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days. Darren and Colin Thornton have done a really nice job adapting Yasmine Akram's play ‘10 Dates for Mad Mary’.
THURSDAY 29th June 2017, 7.30PMRelease date: 2016Certificate: 15Director: Darren ThorntonStarring: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh BaileyRunning Time: 1 hour 22 minutesDocumentary 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.
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25th Feb 2017Thank 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 email@example.com
11th Feb 2017Coming 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 2017Building 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 2016Our 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 2016Our 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 2015More 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 2015Licensing 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 2015It'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 2015Our 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 2015ROAD!
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 2015ROAD!
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 2015True 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 2015YouTube 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 2015Update.
Website updated to relfect next film and previous showings.
26th January 2015Our 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 2015Guest 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 2014Forum 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 2014Forum 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 2014Forum 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 2014Website 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 2014Pride 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.read more
Previous filmsThe Foyer
Once again Portrush Film Theatre has brought a first-class film to The Playhouse when Moonlight was screened there on the 15th June. A singularly moving triptych following the three, very different stages in a man's life. Brought up in poverty by a lone parent whose own life teeters on the edge of collapse Chiron is painfully shy and as he grows into his teens realises he is gay yet without the language or confidence to express this. For young Black people in poverty there are not many life choices and Moonlight carefully shows the changes in Chiron's life without resort to graphic violence or shocking scenes. It really is a remarkable film with an excellent score/soundtrack, well worth looking out for if you didn't get along on Thursday.
THURSDAY 15th June 2017, 7.30PMRelease date: 2017Certificate: 15Director: Barry JenkinsStarring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan SandersonRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutesDocumentary 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, 7.30PMRelease date: 2017Certificate: 12Director: Daniel GordonStarring:Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutesDocumentary 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, 7.30PMRelease date: 1969Certificate: 18Director: Dennis HopperStarring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack NicholsonRunning Time: 1 hour 35 minutesAdventure, Drama Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
THURSDAY 13TH APRIL 2017, 7.30PMRelease date: 2017Certificate: 15Director: Peter FoottStarring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary RoseRunning Time: 1 hour 23 minutesComedy 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, 7.30PMRelease date: 2016Certificate: 12ADirector: Taika WaititiStarring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te WiataRunning Time: 1 hour 41 minutesDrama 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, 7.30PMRelease date: 2017Certificate: 12ADirector: Anna Rose HolmerStarring: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.Running Time: 1 hour 12 minutesDrama - 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.
THURSDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2017, 7.30PMRelease date: 2015Certificate: 12ADirector: Ciro GuerraStarring: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio BolivarRunning Time: 2 hours 5 minutesAdventure, 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, 7.30pmRelease date: 2016Certificate: 15Director: Ken LoachStarring: Dave Johns & Hayley SquiresRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesThriller - 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, 7.30pmRelease date: 1964Certificate: PGDirector: Stanley KubrickStarring: Peter Sellers & George C. ScottRunning Time: 1 hour 35 minutesThriller - An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
Thursday 17th NovemberAn Evening with John T Davis7pm - Shellshock RockRelease date: 1979Certificate: UDirector: John T DavisStarring: Jake Burns, Henry Couney, Brian FaloonRunning Time: 47 minutesDocumentary - All the raw energy and excitement of the 1970s punk rock scene in Northern Ireland is on display in this cracking music documentary.8pm - HOBORelease date: 1991Certificate: UDirector: John T DavisStarring: Beargrease, Scott Caribou, Minot LouisRunning Time: 1 hour 30 minutesDocumentary - 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 CowboyAcoustic Session with John T Davis and Guest
Monday 31st October 2016, 7.30pmRelease date: 2014Certificate: 18Director: Ana Lily AmirpourStarring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi & Marshall ManeshRunning Time: 1 hour 47 minutesThriller, 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, 7.30pmRelease date: 1902Certificate: UDirectors: George Méliès, Serge Bromberg, Eric LangeStarring: Georges MélièsRunning Time: 1 hour 3 minutesSci-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, 3.30pmRelease date: 2016Certificate: UDirector: Stuart McDonaldStarring: Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Deborah MailmanRunning Time: 1 hour 35 minutesFamily 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 2016Release date: 2014Certificate: UDirector: Loïc JourdainStarring: John O'BrienRunning Time: 1 hour 30 minutesDocumentary - 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 2016Release date: 24th April 2014 (USA)Certificate: PGDirector: Joe WrightStarring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine KeenerRunning Time: 1 hour 57 minutesBiography - Drama - Music - A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.
Monday 11th April 2016Release date: 10th July 2015Certificate: PGDirector: Tomm MooreStarring: David Rawl, Brendan Gellson, Lisa HanniganRunning Time: 93 minutesAnimation - 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 2016Release date: 12th March 2016Certificate: 18Director: Stephen FingletonStarring: Mia Goth, Martin McCann, Andrew SimpsonRunning Time: 104 minutesDrama - 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 2016Release date: November 2007Director: Ethan & Joel CoenStarring: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Woody HarelsonRunning Time:122 minutesCrimew - 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 2015Release date:2015Director: Asif KapadiaRunning Time: 128 minutesMusic - 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 2015Release date: 2014Director: Damien ChazelleStaring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa BenoistRunning Time: 107 minutesMusic - 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 2015Release date: 1980Director: Stanley KubrickStarring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley DuvallRunning Time: 146 minutesHorror - 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 2015Release date:1988Director: Pedro AlmodóvarStarring: Carmen Maura, Antonio BanderasRunning Time: 88 minutesSpanish - 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 2015Release date: 2014Director: Neasa Ní ChianáinRunning Time: 84 minutesIrish - 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 2015Release date: 26 Spetember 2014Director: Graham Annable, Anthony StacchiStarring: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick FrostAnimation - 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 2015Release date: 25 December 1999Director: Dean ParisotStarring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan RickmanAction - 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 2015Release date: 27 September 2014Director: Ron HowardStarring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia WildeAction - The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Saturday 15th May 2015Release date: 11 June 2014Director: Michael Hewitt, Dermot LaveryNarrator: Liam NeesonDocumentary - 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 2015Release date: 24 March 2014Director: Wes AndersonStarring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu AmalricAdventre - 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 2015Release date: 24 December 2014Director: Amma AsanteStarring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily WatsonDrama - The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.
Monday 23rd February 2015Release date: 22 December 2010Director: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenStarring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee SteinfeldWestern - 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 2015Release date: 16 October 2014Director: Matthew WarchusStarring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic WestComedy - 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 2014Donnie DarkoRelease date: 26 October 2001Director: Richard KellyStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnellSci-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!
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.back