1862 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Opened in 1862, by the Ulster Hall Company, the hall’s purpose was to provide the expanding city of Belfast with a multi-purpose venue of sufficient size. On its opening night on 12 May 1862, the hall was described by the Belfast Newsletter as “stand[ing] unexcelled, and all but unrivalled, as an edifice for the production of musical works. … the hall is a great and unmingled success, and the public, no less than the proprietors, may feel the utmost gratification at a result at once so pleasant and so rare.”
In 1902 the hall was purchased by Belfast City Council (then named the Belfast Corporation) for £13,500 and it has been used as a public hall ever since.