Monday has been declared Northern Ireland Cinema Day

Martin McCann in The Survivalist, showing as part of NI Cinema Day
Martin McCann in The Survivalist, showing as part of NI Cinema Day

MONDAY has been declared Northern Ireland Cinema Day, with a selection of special events taking place to celebrate 120 years since the first film was projected in the north.

Organised by the folks at Film Hub NI, there will be one-off screenings of everything from the 1902 Geroge Melies classic A Trip to The Moon (7.30pm, Portrush Film Theatre, followed by documentary The Extraordinary Voyage) to 1987's action-packed Joe Dante-directed sci-fi comedy InnerSpace (4pm, IMC Omagh).

John Ford's much-loved 'Irish' picture The Quiet Man returns to the big screen for just £1 (11.30am, QFT), while modern Irish cinema will be highlighted by a screening of The Survivalist (7.30pm, Unionist Hall, Enniskillen, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Stephen Fingleton).

The latter event will be preceded by a talk on Unionist Hall's former life as The Regal Cinema by historian Marion Maxwell, while you can discover even more about the history of cinema and cinemas in the north at Sam Manning's talk Fleapits & Picture Palaces (2.20pm, QFT), The Strand Arts Centre's Heritage Tour (5pm, followed by Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show at 7pm) and The A-Z of Belfast Cinemas with Brian Henry Martin (7.30pm, The Black Box, Belfast).

Movie House cinemas in Coleraine, Glengormley and City Side in Belfast will also be holding special 11am screenings of children's classic Bambi, with admission payable by jam jars (clean and empty ones) just like in days of old.

:: Full programme details available via Filmhub.silverink.com.