New letter lights at the revamped bar at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. © MATT LEMON PHOTOGRAPHY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
“Since its inception in 1968, the Queen’s Film Theatre has occupied a unique place in the cultural and entertainment life of Northern Ireland. This uniqueness comes from the QFT’s special atmosphere, its screenings of carefully curated new and classic films, its loyal members and audiences and from the many people who have worked front of house and behind the scenes. Today, the QFT is a vibrant and modern cinema that welcomes 100,000 people through its door every year.” Source: QFT
In the latter half of 2016, I had the pleasure of being one of the people working behind the scenes at the QFT (and sometimes front of house, too). I had initially applied to join as a volunteer but as it so happened, they were looking to add to their projection team at the time and so I gladly revived my previous career as projectionist. With the amount of rain falling in Belfast, you can observe a fair number of rainbows there, and to me, the QFT was the proverbial pot of gold at the end of them.
If you are in Belfast, check out what’s on at the QFT and if you are a Belfast resident, you can support the QFT by purchasing a QFT Film Card which provides great discounts on tickets and other benefits or by adopting a seat – or you can apply to become a volunteer just as I did. You can also follow the QFT on Twitter and Facebook. The QFT previously used the above photo as its profile picture on Twitter and it was also featured in the programme for November 2016 (see below).
Queen’s Film Theatre – Who we are
QFT November programme
(Click on the image to download the programme from the QFT website.)