In 2018 Queen's Film Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks back on how it has pioneered cultural cinema in Northern Ireland for half a century. Often being a beacon of light during Belfast's darker times, QFT provides a safe haven for freedom of expression around challenging topics such as race, religion and sexual identity.
By making a gift to adopt a seat, you will help us to secure a legacy for another 50 years and continue to deliver a rich programme of thought-provoking, ground-breaking films, accessible for all to enjoy.
Adopting a seat provides donors with the opportunity to have a small dedication plaque installed on a seat with their name or brief message, not exceeding 40 characters per plaque. To make a gift and adopt your seat please click here.
Donors’ plaques take 6-8 weeks to be engraved and installed, from receiving payment (or first instalment if you choose to pay by Direct Debit). Dedications on plaques cannot exceed 40 characters.
If you’d like your donation to remain anonymous the plaque will simply state ‘Anonymous’.
When your adoption period expires seats will be re-offered to adoptees, who will have a reasonable period of time to respond, before they are released for adoption again.
Please note that adopting a seat does not include admission to films or guarantee the seat for screenings and events.
Allocation of plaques on seats is at QFT’s discretion.
If you cancel your Direct Debit before the full donation amount has been paid the dedication plaque will unfortunately have to be taken down and the seat made available again for adoption.
**Terms and Conditions are subject to change and review at the discretion of management**
"While the QFT is usually regarded as an art house cinema, it could also be termed a film palace. It offers everyone who is interested in film or in other cultures something quite unique in Belfast - a rich mixture of thought-provoking, independent, experimental, new and classic films from around the world, a real treasure trove of experiences and not to be missed"
Ciarán Hinds, Irish film, television and stage actor
"One of my favourite cinemas in Ireland"
Lenny Abrahamson, Irish film and television director
"I had the great good fortune to be asked to the Green Screen Film Festival with my film 'Me and Me Dad'. The welcome I received was wonderful. I love the QFT as it has an incredible atmosphere and great programming. When we watch unique films in the right setting our lives are inspired, we escape from our troubles and enter into dream state. We are transported by the vision and emotion in film's and are transformed by their stories. So, come on put your name and your bum on a seat!"
Katrine Boorman, filmmaker, actor (and daughter of director John Boorman)
"QFT is special. You’d never expect a cinema in that building. And not just a cinema, a brilliant one."
Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter
"QFT .. Intimate, comfortable, plucky, offering the most interesting and diverse film programme in the city...by far the most civilised place to see to see films in Belfast"
Ian McElhinney, Irish actor
“In Belfast on a night off the first thing I always do is check what's on at QFT. There's not much I like better than going to the cinema and QFTs one of my fave spots anywhere. The programmes always great and where else can you sift an array of digitally archived 8mm home movies and newsreel footage?”
Aiden Gillen, Irish actor
"Small cinemas likes this one are central to the cultural well-being of a city. QFT has shown good films in Belfast for almost 50 years and with the help of its patrons it can carry on doing so for another 50. I encourage audiences to become involved with the campaign and help keep good cinema alive in your city"
Stephen Frears, British director