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What is now The Belmont Picturehouse was built in 1896 as a Trades Hall. The first film was shown on the premises in 1898 and featured footage of Queen Victoria at Balmoral, establishing a tradition of hosting visiting cinema shows. In 1910 it turned to permanent film as the Coliseum and was refurbished and reopened as the New Kinema in 1921. After another refurbishment in 1935, it was renamed the Belmont Cinema. It closed in 1953 and the building was converted into a warehouse. It finally reopened as The Belmont Picturehouse in September 2000 after a major refurbishment by Aberdeen City Council with assistance from the National Lottery and Scottish Screen, with 3 screens seating 268, 146 and 65.