The Arcadia, Portrush

The Arcadia, Portrush, Northern Ireland

A bleak, desaturated shot of The Arcadia in Portrush. The building sits out on an outcrop on the beach and was once an old dancehall where showbands played. It’s been given a lovely facelift in the last decade, but today was a particularly grim day in Portrush, and the Arcadia looked abandoned and dark.

2 comments

  1. I lived in Portrush , 1942-1945. Portrush had thousands of troops there, British, American and many others. I lived in Causeway St, opposite the Palladium dance hall. The Arcadia was a hive of activity, dancing etc. soldiers and girls everywhere. One evening we all went to bed as usual and when we awoke there wasn’t a soldier anywhere, they had been “spirited” away during the night. After that we all heard about D Day. We had three young American paratroopers billeted with us, we heard later, all three were killed in Normandy. The Arcadia brings back a many memories, which, at the age of 12, one never forgets.
    Thank you,
    Bill Gwynne.

  2. I spent some time in Portrush and found it to be mesmerizing . I went to the Arcadia for Yoga classes , what a beautiful place it is . Thank you for the history of it!

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