Transforming the Strand for current and future generations
The Strand is in urgent need of renovation. It has played a huge part in the life of the East Belfast community for over 80 years, but cannot continue to do so without investment.
The not-for-profit Strand Arts Centre charity took over the tenancy of Northern Ireland’s oldest cinema building in 2013 with the aim of securing both its short-term survival and long-term redevelopment.
Since then it has demonstrated an overwhelming appetite for more live entertainment. Over 55,000 people each year now attend a busy programme of new and classic film, theatre and music, and performing arts and filmmaking workshops for children. The Strand is widely used by many festivals and by the local community for school visits, local film premieres and charity fundraising events.
A building in need
All of this, however, has been delivered in a building that is physically deteriorating, has poor disabled access, and a lack of usable spaces to meet the demand for its youth, education and community outreach activities.
Due to limited stage and dressing room facilities, we cannot presently accommodate some of the best performers and theatre companies who wish to be in our programme.
The Strand is full of character and we want to preserve and promote its Art Deco heritage. But it urgently needs renovated and in doing so we can provide so much more for our audiences and the local community.