The Belmont Picturehouse, Aberdeen

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The Belmont Picturehouse is an arts cinema on Belmont Street
Belmont Street (Aberdeen)
Belmont Street is a north-south street in the centre of Aberdeen, Scotland that runs perpendicular to Union Street.Belmont Street originated with the late 18th century expansion of the town. It was part of an expansion out of the town into suburbs to the west by the towns richer denizens...

, Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 25th most populous city, with an official population estimate of ....

, Scotland
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 which shows films that generally would not be shown in a chain cinema. It is part of the Picturehouse Cinemas
Picturehouse Cinemas
Picturehouse Cinemas is a network of art house cinemas in the United Kingdom. it has 19 sites, all in England and Scotland.The first Picturehouse opened in Oxford in 1989, but many of its cinemas operated independently before being adopted by City Screen Ltd., the official trading name of the...

network of arthouse cinemas.

It predominantly shows foreign-language, unusual, independent films and documentaries but also does show mainstream films.

The cinema is run much like a charity with a Friends of the Belmont scheme, education programmes and a large number of special showings for local film groups, as well as films for special events, schools or business hires.

It was originally built as a Trades Hall in 1896, became the Coliseum Cinema in 1910, then the New Kinema in 1921. Was finally renamed the Belmont in 1935, which it remained until closing in 1952, and was used as a warehouse until reopening in 2000 with three screens.

The Cinema is the property of Aberdeen City Council. After some turmoil and uncertainty, the lease for exploitation on the Belmont Picturehouse to City Screen (Aberdeen) Ltd has been extended on April 2011 for a further 10 years.

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