This first building is the Orchard Cinema, on Orchard Street, no less (no prizes for guessing the derivation of that street name, eh?!). Not many trees around now, though - just these young couple, captured forever on film.
|Orchard Cinema, Derry, 2015|
I went there once, to watch a film. I can remember the film - it was shortly after I arrived in Derry and very appropriate it was too...Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson. Well maybe the fear part was appropriate, not the loathing, since I enjoyed Derry enormously. Now if you don't know who this particular Mr Thompson is I suggest you get your Google out and go look. And then go read. And then go see. And then you will understand. Directed by Mr Terry Gilliam, no less - so you know it's going to be different. IMDB's synopsis reads 'An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.' Nothing more needs to be said.
The other thing I remember about this cinema is just how darn civilised it was...there was a small bar area, so you could get your drink and then take - yes, take - your drink, in a glass no less, into the projection area and sit and watch and sup. How wonderful is that? If all cinemas were like that I might go a bit more often...
The next building I have for you is round the corner from the cinema and is St. Columb's Hall - in fact, I think the cinema is technically part of the St Columb's Hall building. When I was an academic and did all sorts of Important Things I went here once for the end-of-year graduation. I remember it for two things - it was a lovely building inside and out, but with several hundred people inside, in early July, without air-con, it was hell on earth. Anyway, here's what it looks like from the outside:
|St Columb's Hall, Derry|