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Saturday Family Matinees return to the Ulster Museum

Published: 01 January 2010

Movies at the Ulster Museum returnsOne of the Ulster Museum’s best loved traditions is to return as ‘Movies at the Museum’; a series of Saturday family matinees linked to stunning exhibits in the museum galleries, is launched in partnership with QFT. 

In response to popular demand, the matinees will take place every Saturday afternoon for six weeks, over January and February reviving a tradition which started at the Ulster Museum in 1929 and continued until the mid 1970’s. 

Movies at the Ulster Museum returnsPaddy Gilmore, Director of Learning & Partnership for National Museums Northern Ireland said “The reintroduction of the matinees was inspired by visitors who attended the original Saturday film screenings.  Since reopening in October many people have expressed fond memories of coming to the Ulster Museum on a Saturday to enjoy a matinee. All the films chosen reflect the museum’s collections of art, history and natural sciences.  So ‘Movies at the Museum’ enables returning visitors to relive this experience and we hope younger visitors will be encouraged to explore the collections having enjoyed the films on offer.”

Susan Picken, Head of QFT said, “ ‘Movies at the Museum’ will appeal to audiences young and old with films ranging from childhood classics like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Finding Nemo, to the stunning  wildlife documentary Winged Migration and cult science fiction classic, Silent Running.  We are delighted to work in partnership with the Ulster Museum to give visitors, of all ages, the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of viewing a movie in this spectacular venue.”

First film will be on Saturday 9th January 2pm and is Finding Nemo (cert U, 104 mins)The first film to be screened is Finding Nemo on Saturday 9th January 2010 at 2pm in the museum’s newly refurbished lecture theatre.

Tickets are £2.70 per person, or £10 per family – (four people with at least one child or one adult) and are available to purchase in advance from www.queensfilmtheatre.com. Limited tickets may be available to purchase on the day from the Ulster Museum reception.  For more information about ‘Movies at the Museum’ and other events and exhibitions at the Ulster Museum visit the what's on pages of our website.


Media Contact:

Chloe Elliott, JPR, 02890 760066, 075 4520 6590 or chloe.elliott@jprni.com

Notes to Editor:

Dates of film screenings at the Ulster Museum:

  • Saturday 9th January 2pm, Finding Nemo (cert U, 104 mins)
  • Saturday 16th January 2pm, The Wild Thornberrys Movie (cert U, 115 mins)
  • Saturday 23rd January 2pm, White Fang (1991 version, cert PG, 109 mins)
  • Saturday 30th January 2pm, Silent Running (cert U, 98 mins)
  • Saturday 6th February 2pm, Winged Migration (cert U, 87 mins)
  • Saturday 13th February 2pm, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (cert U, 144 mins)
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