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Concerns have been raised over plans to screen horror films like The Exorcist and The Omen, branded “satanic” by a Belfast alderman, in a former church.
The Belfast Film Festival is set to show the chilling movies in the former Holy Rosary Catholic Church on the Ormeau Road in the south of the city.
The building has not been used as a church in almost 40 years, is no longer consecrated, and is to be turned into a restaurant in future.
But some people are still not happy about the horror screening’s choice of venue.
UUP alderman Jim Rodgers, a former Lord Mayor of Belfast told UTV he was appealing to the organisers to relocate.
“Holy Rosary was a beautiful church – it’s still a beautiful building and people were buried there, baptised, married …” he said.
“There’s plenty of other locations in the city of Belfast that these satanic films could be shown in.”
Mr Rodgers added: “It is just a building, but a very important building, and I don’t like to see former churches and chapels used for things like this.
“It’s a bit like some of the churches which have now been turned into pubs – I’m totally opposed to that.”
In a statement, festival organisers defended their decision.
“The locations chosen add an extra dimension to the screening, and we think the stone cold surroundings of an abandoned church will make for a suitably chilling viewing experience,” they said.
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