Information sought on Carrickfergus pre-war cinemas

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A London resident is asking local historians for their assistance in tracking down details on three cinemas from Carrick’s pre-war era.

Gavin McGrath is working on an article for the Cinema Theatre Association, which will spotlight cinemas in Northern Ireland whether open or closed.

He is hoping to find more information on three old Carrick cinemas in particular, including the Castle and the Rossleigh, which were first listed in 1928, and the Ideal, first listed in 1932.

The vintage movie-houses are included in the Kine Year Books; however, additional details about them are limited.

Gavin can be reached by email at