Previously on this site was the three storey ‘Imperial Picture House’, designed by Robert Lynn and built 1913-1914 by C. & W. McQuoid for The Ulster Cinematograph Theatres Ltd. The cinema opened on 7th December 1914 with a showing of ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’. The cinema closed on 28th November 1959 with a showing of ‘Lonelyhearts’. The building was demolished shortly thereafter.
Prior to the Imperial Picture House the site was occupied by a four storey building at nos.18-20 and a three storey building at nos.22-24. Both buildings dated from the mid-1800s and were demolished late 1913 to make way for the ‘Imperial’.
The building sold during December 2018 for a figure reportedly close to £2m.
Castle Square Ltd and Rapport Architects submitted a planning application (LA04/2019/2110/F) in August 2019 proposing to redevelop the existing building to provide ground and first floor retail accommodation (c.3,000ft2) and second and third floor office accommodation (c.3,500ft2). The application was approved in October 2020.
Mascott Construction commenced construction work in March 2021.