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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (18)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Thursday 19 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Sunday 22 Sep 201920:30 Book Now (Upstairs Available)
Friday 27 Sep 201919:30 Book Now (Sold Out)
Wednesday 2 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 3 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Saturday 12 Oct 201919:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 41m

Warning - no babies for 18 Cert.

***Please note this film is rated 18 - ID may be required***

Tarantino’s highly anticipated new film is a nostalgic and bittersweet love letter to 60’s L.A, with an all-star cast portraying the hopeful Golden Age of Hollywood until the tragic and infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that marked the end of an Era.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) stars as faded TV actor Rick Dalton, a man striving for success with his long-time friend and stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds). Their struggle for fame is elevated by the rapid social changes that counterculture brought to America, overlapping with the rise of the Manson Family. In a film with multiple storylines, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) steals the scene as ill-fated actress Sharon Tate while she was just getting her career launched.

This half a century tribute mixes comedy and tragedy in unexpected peaks, finding Quentin Tarantino reaching an all time high. Watch as he masters everything that made Hollywood the powerhouse that it is today, while paying respect for the pointless brutality and violence that ended innocent lives - as well as the 60’s as we know it.

Blinded by the Light (12A)

Blinded by the Light

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Friday 20 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Friday 20 Sep 201919:30 Book Now
Saturday 21 Sep 201919:00 Book Now
Thursday 26 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 30 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 30 Sep 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 16 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 57m

Luton might not be a place you’d immediately link with the New Jersey-born rockstar Bruce Springsteen. But the marvellous Blinded By The Light shows us why the Bedfordshire town has that Streets of Philadelphia spirit.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), the script is based on Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor. Taking place amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the Thatcherite 80s, Blinded By The Light sees newcomer Viveik Kalra in the starring role, with Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon in supporting roles.

Javed (Kalra) is a teenager who writes poetry as a means of escapism from the racism he faces in daily life, and from the hardline traditionalism of his Pakistani father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Springsteen, the parallels he sees in the singer’s lyrics with his own working class life gives him a new lease of life and source of inspiration for his writing — much to the behest of his family.

Are You Proud? +intro (15)

Are You Proud? +intro

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Thursday 19 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 37m

50 years after the Stonewall riots, and marking the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride in London, this vivid new documentary struts in. Directed by Ashley Joiner, this is an important representation of the LGBTQ+ community through the past and into the future.

Featuring some rare archive footage from political and social campaigns across the years and emotional interviews, this documentary highlights the positive changes that have come but asks some serious questions about the extent to which attitudes have really changed across the world and what’s next.

Focusing on a range of historic events from the 1967 Sexual Offences Act through to current concerns regarding the commercialisation of pride and the marginalisation of LGBTQ+ minority groups, the film discusses ways in which we can all stand together, ensuring trans people, LGBTQ+ people of colour and Asian descent are not overlooked.

Hosting the event will be Danny Clare and Clive Duffey from the local community campaign, Ask for Clive.
***Update to previously advertised Q&A event***

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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Saturday 21 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Sunday 22 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 28 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 42m

Dora, most famous for exploring, has spent most of her life adventuring around the jungle with her parents and her best friend Boots (a monkey). But it turns out the biggest jungle out there is high school.

Dora the Explorer (played here by Isabela Moner, Instant Family) is all set to accompany her parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria) to discover the Lost City of Gold, until they announce that she’s actually starting school, in the hopes that she might become a more normal teenager - which of course doesn’t work out. Teacher: “Where did you transfer from?” Dora: “The jungle!”. But fear not! When her parents get into big trouble, she puts together a team of hapless classmates to venture into the Inca jungles.

This live-action adaptation of the 143 episode-spanning Dora The Explorer is directed by the comedic chops of James Bobin, who co-created both Flight Of The Conchords and many of the Da Ali G Show characters. Listen out for some Danny Trejo and Benicio Del Toro voiceovers. Go for gold this September.

Pain & Glory (15)

Pain & Glory

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Sunday 22 Sep 201917:00 Book Now (+ INTRO)
Monday 23 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 23 Sep 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 25 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Wednesday 25 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 53m

Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

***Please note: The screening on SUNDAY 22nd at 5pm will have a short intro from Dr Paul Sutton as part of our A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe strand***

For his new film, Pedro Almodóvar turns his camera inward for a typically stylish, comic and personal journey.

Physically and creatively declining, aged director Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) reconnects with former friend and leading man Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandía). In his company once more a torrent of memories and unresolved issues surface. Chief among these are his once radiant, neglected mother (Penélope Cruz), his slow discovery of his homosexuality (including a similarly discarded lover, and his tense relationship with religion, all conveyed in vivid flashbacks. Armed with new revelations, Salvador sets out to make amends with the loose ends of his life, gearing himself to work again as he does so.

Almodóvar succeeds in taking the long, rich tradition of the autobiopic and harnessing it to his own ends and moods: rich in stylistic flourishes as ever, the film retains an emotional realism and honesty anchored by thoughtful writing and a deeply felt, untheatrical performance from Banderas. The film’s depth of insight and generosity of spirit are so great that it does not seem like navel-gazing, but more like a spiritual confession, though not a dry or tortured one.

Mrs Lowry & Son (PG)

Mrs Lowry & Son

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Tuesday 24 Sep 201912:00 Book Now
Tuesday 24 Sep 201919:30 Book Now
Sunday 29 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Thursday 3 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 31m

The son of the title is Laurence Stephen, best known as L.S. Lowry, the Lancashire artist whose name is synonymous with the 'matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs' celebrated in the Brian and Michael song about his paintings.

Played by Timothy Spall, Lowry is a meek, often miserable figure, dominated by his bedridden mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave), and this film from seasoned theatre director Adrian Noble mines pathos from their conflict.

Lowry is introduced on the cusp of success. A letter has arrived from London, and there's a promise of a gallery show. Elizabeth sees little point; she's immune to the vivid charms of his factory and street scenes, and only pays attention when a neighbour shows interest in his work. Keen to set aside his humble existence as a Salford rent collector, Lowry sees a chance for personal recognition, but his mother's support is fickle, and his sense of his own worth is affected by her negativity.

After closing this years Edinburgh Film Festival, Artistic Director Mark Adams, described Mrs Lowry & Son as a “delightful balance of drama and humour, beautifully performed by Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall and directed with compassion and style by Adrian Noble.

The Edge + Q&A (15)

The Edge + Q&A

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Thursday 26 Sep 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 35m

No England team rose higher, but no England team fell harder. This is test cricket as you’ve never seen it before.

Featuring incredible unseen footage from the 2009-2013 period and captivating new interviews from star players including; Andrew Strauss, Sir Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Monty Panesar and Andy Flower, The Edge captures the team’s intense but often hilarious pursuit of success. Strauss and Flower took over a hugely talented team of players who would go on to make history, transforming them into a record-breaking winning machine before the pressure and scrutiny began to fracture bodies and minds.

The Edge is a film that continues the desperately needed discussion of mental health, this time in the context of cricket, arguably the most psychologically challenging sport there is. Directed by Barney Douglas (Warriors), and written by Gabriel Clarke (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans).

As if all this wasn’t enough, this screening will feature an intro and Q&A from the film’s producer, John McKenna, who also brought us Bobby Robson: More than a Manager last year. He will be joined by some very special guests.

Yesterday (12A)


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Friday 27 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Tuesday 1 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 52m

Imagine a world where The Beatles never existed… It’s not something that bears thinking about - that is unless you are director Danny Boyle.

One of Britain’s most celebrated breakthrough talents of the ‘90s, director Boyle now delights us with a new comedy with whimsical charm. And he’s helped with a little help from his friends: a breakout performance from newcomer Himesh Patel (Eastenders), joined by Lily James (Mamma Mia 2, Baby Driver), a brilliant comedic turn from Joel Fry (Paddington 2, Plebs) plus Ed Sheeran and James Corden starring as themselves.

Jack Malik (Patel) dreams of making it as a singer-songwriter but feels increasingly stuck in his tiny seaside hometown, despite the support of childhood friend Ellie (Lily James). That is until a mysterious global blackout causes him to collide with a bus while cycling. He wakes up in an alternate reality in which the Fab Four and their music never materialised. Jack struggles with his conscience as he begins performing Yesterday as if he wrote it himself, and his new American agent Debra (Kate McKinnon) catapults him to stardom.

Love is all you need. But a rom-com can’t hurt.

The Lion King (2019) (PG)

The Lion King (2019)

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Saturday 28 Sep 201913:00 Book Now
Saturday 19 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Wednesday 30 Oct 201911:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 58min

The king has returned! Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) brings us his photorealistic take on The Lion King, and it looks wonderfully majestic.

This is the tale of young lion Simba, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his mighty father and King Mufasa. However, the nefarious influence of his uncle Scar sees him exiled from Pride Rock.

Can he return and live up to his kingly duties?

The pride of voice talent is headed up by Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala. Joining them is Chiwetel Ejiofor as menacing uncle Scar, and the comedic chops of Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan as Timon and Pumba, respectively.

James Earl Jones, reprises his role in the bassy tones of Mufasa. But that’s not the only crew reprisal; composer Hans Zimmer has reunited with Lebo M, who sang the iconic ‘nants ingonyama bagithi baba’ over the original film’s opening, revisiting their Lion King score. Elton John, also signed on to work on new versions of the original songs with Beyoncé.

Utilising pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (15)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Saturday 28 Sep 201919:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 47m

Writers Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie), present this creepy gateway into horror; perfect for younger genre enthusiasts.

Based on the series of short horror stories for children written by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is directed by Norwegian André Øvredal of chilling The Autopsy of Jane Doe fame.

It’s Halloween night and the year is 1968, a group of three teenagers from a small town in Pennsylvania decides to play a prank on a school bully at a local haunted house that once belonged to one of the founding families of the town. While exploring the house the group finds a secret room with an old book of scary stories from one of the previous residents.

The plot thickens when the book starts writing itself - now with them as the main characters and their worst fears as the villains.

A nostalgic adventure to get us in the Halloween spirit, with all the ingredients from our favourite childhood classics.

Il Postino (1994) (S) + intro (U)

Il Postino (1994) (S) + intro

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Sunday 29 Sep 201918:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 46m

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

The life of restless fisherman Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi) is forever changed when the poet, activist and literary heartthrob Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret, Cinema Paradiso) is exiled to his island.

Mario takes on the role of Pablo’s private postman, daily delivering bags of love letters from adoring female fans. Slowly a friendship forms between the two men and Neruda starts to help Mario in his courtship of local barmaid Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta).

Filmed on the picturesque island of Procida in the Gulf of Naples in a seemingly endless, lazy summer, British director Michael Radford captured a wonderful sense of unhurried island life in the early 1950s, helped in no small part by the fairytale-like Oscar-winning score of composer Luiz Bacalov (Django Unchained, Kill Bill Vol. 1).

Writer/star Massimo Troisi postponed heart surgery so that he could complete filming. The day after production wrapped he tragically suffered a fatal heart attack. Posthumously he received a best actor nomination.

The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium.

Pavarotti (12A)


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Wednesday 2 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Tuesday 22 Oct 201912:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 54m

He brought classical singing out of the snobby confines of the opera houses and into the hearts of ordinary people. Along the way Pavarotti became the highest earning tenor of all time and at one point was arguably the most recognisable singer on the planet.

In this warm and loving documentary, director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Splash, A Beautiful Mind) has used his considerable clout as an Oscar winning director to amass a comprehensive line-up of interviewees to elucidate Pavarotti’s often troubled life: co-tenors José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, his three daughters, first wife Adua Veroni, second wife Nicoletta Mantovani, lover Madelyn Renee (he really loved women, and not always sequentially), managers and promoters all reminisce on their experiences with the larger than life singer (he loved his Italian food so much he would regularly pack a dozen suitcases with ingredients whenever travelling abroad).

He sold over 100 million records, and The Three Tenors became the best-selling classical album of all time. Pavarotti was also an avid fundraiser for charitable causes, such as the Red Cross and refugee charities.  

Have you ever wondered what the significance was of Pavarotti’s white hanky? Well, this film reveals all.

Rocketman Sing-Along! (15)

Rocketman Sing-Along!

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Friday 4 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Friday 4 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2hr 1m

The same format applies for these screenings but with singalong subtitles along the bottom of the screen during the songs.

***Certificate 15***
Ratings Info: drug misuse, sex, very strong language.
Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.

Hot on the heels of runaway success Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s now the turn of Elton John - one of the greatest songwriters, costume-curators, and sunglasses-enthusiasts - to be the subject matter of the next blockbusting biopic.

Get ready for the unbelievable and human story of Reginald Dwight. Born and raised in a council house in Pinner, he went on to sell more than 300 million records. He is currently on his monstrously huge 3 year tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road which began in September 2018.

But his road to superstardom wasn’t always as glittery as it appeared. Enter Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie The Eagle), to don the many wild and wonderful costumes that have illuminated Elton John’s career.

We see the songwriter’s early days at home with his mother Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World), his meeting and fruitful writing partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot), and his manager and former lover John Reid (Richard Madden, Bodyguard) watching on as he struggles with his sexuality, drugs and superstardom.

Toy Story 4 (U)

Toy Story 4

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Saturday 5 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Tuesday 29 Oct 201911:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 40m

It’s been a few years since Andy gave his favourite playmates away to his young neighbour Bonnie, now Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are faced with a new problem… Bonnie has made herself a new toy named Forky (voiced by Arrested Development’s Tony Hale) in Arts & Crafts and he’s more than a little confused about his new role in toy life.

Along with having to deal with Forky’s existential crisis and teaching him how to embrace being a toy, a road trip gives Forky the ideal opportunity to escape and it’s up to the gang to rescue him, as well as finding out a little about themselves along the way.

With all your favourite characters returning - including Jessie (Joan Cusak), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts), Keanu Reeves joins the cast as Duke Caboom - ‘Canada’s greatest stuntman’.

Toy Story 4 is a perfect blend of action and humour (with just a small pinch of sweet nostalgia thrown in). So bring your favourite toy and join us as we hit the road with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang!

IT: Chapter Two (15)

IT: Chapter Two

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Saturday 5 Oct 201919:00 Book Now
Thursday 10 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 49min

Evil resurfaces in Derry, Maine. Director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club as they return to where it all began; the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

The film leaves us with a reminder that we may be through with the past, but the past is not always through with us.

Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise (Skarsgård), he has returned to terrorise the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways.

However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the only one of the group to remain in Derry, calls the others to their hometown.

Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all.

The film boasts an impressive cast (reflecting their younger selves uncannily) including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransome and the absolutely terrifying Bill Skarsgård - the final chapter of one of Stephen King’s most chilling novels comes to an end.

The Souvenir (15)

The Souvenir

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Sunday 6 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 7 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 9 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h

Already being hailed as the most critically-acclaimed film of the year, and pursued by whispers of future awards glory, Joanna Hogg’s latest feature The Souvenir is proving very difficult to ignore.

Starring Honor Swinton Byrne – in her first major film role – as Julie, alongside Tom Burke (BBC One’s Strike) as Anthony, The Souvenir depicts the semi-autobiographical experiences of Hogg’s time at film school in the late 1980s.

Julie, a young, wealthy film student, is seeking encouragement to direct her first feature film. At a party she meets Anthony, a mysterious, well-to-do-man who works at the Foreign Office, and a relationship blossoms between the pair. Anthony initially provides said encouragement for Julie’s ambition, but his continued unexplained absences and money borrowing suggest that he may not be as interested in her work as he seems.

Shot on gorgeously-textured 16mm film stock, the hazy cinematography lends the film a striking dreamlike quality – a half-remembered vision of London from thirty years ago.

Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese and winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Souvenir is a seductive, enigmatic drama that skewers obsession, class, and artistic endeavour through the heart.

Notorious (1947) (U)

Notorious (1947)

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Sunday 6 Oct 201918:00 Book Now
Monday 7 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 41min

Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant excel in Alfred Hitchcock’s icy romantic thriller, and one of his first masterpieces.

Not long after her Nazi father is convicted, apathetic good-time girl Alicia Huberman (Bergman) is forced to confront his dubious connections when agent T.R. Devlin (Grant) recruits her after a romantic encounter.

Taking her to Rio to help flush out her father’s cohorts, Alicia becomes a great asset when one of them, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), proves to be her former lover, who still longs for her. Alicia is soon sucked deeper into the Nazi circle, and closer to the deadly, valuable secrets at the centre - but when her cover is threatened and her life with it, both men are forced to confront how much she means to them, and how far they are willing to endanger her.

Claustrophobic in its tight focus and typical Hitchcockian tension, the film is still awash with ingenious dialogue, audacious cinematography, and lustrous chemistry between the leads: the famous two-minute kiss was specially choreographed to confound censors.

Hitchcock’s cold and brilliant style, is anchored by Grant and Bergman’s smart yet vulnerable performances, making for a deadly yet moving love story.

Il Divo (2009) (S) +intro (15)

Il Divo (2009) (S) +intro

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Tuesday 8 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 55m

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) writes and directs this cinematic portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, played mesmerically by Toni Servillo.

The title sequence alone introduces real-life Italian politicians as gangster-like imitators clustered around Andreotti. This seemingly impassive figure is set to assume his seventh term as Prime Minister. No matter the accusations levelled against him, he emerges unscathed from everything: electoral corruption, murderous errands and ruthless conniving. But when he makes a move against the Mafia, they declare war on him and his position suddenly becomes less tenable. And yet, this is his world. Those who think they have the upper hand over this master of subterfuge have fallen foul of his before, no matter their political or criminal might.

Effortlessly stylish, with cinematography by regular Sorrentino collaborator Luca Bigazzi, the film is dominated by Toni Servillo’s extraordinary performance.

The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium.

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (12A)

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

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Wednesday 9 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 10 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 42min

Nick Broomfield’s new documentary uncovers the fascinating and moving story of the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his first lover and inspiration, Marianne Ihlen.

Known as the director of acclaimed films on Tupac, Kurt Cobain, and Whitney Houston, Broomfield’s new feature strikes a more personal note, having been a first-hand witness to its leads’ affair. On the Greek artist’s colony of Hydra in 1960, Cohen, a failed novelist with a fear of performing in public, met the Norwegian mother and muse, then in the company of her son and a younger, polygamous, writer. After a brief, sunny, idyll on the island, the couple started to separate when Cohen returned to Montreal, where he found success and recognition as a singer-songwriter that parted them further, as both youth and the 60s ebbed away.

Thanks to plentiful archive footage, and its director’s personal involvement with his subjects, the film manages a poignant intimacy with its subjects, without sentimentalising them or the times which they inhabited, as well as thoughtfully exploring the theme of the artist and muse.

Downton Abbey (PG)

Downton Abbey

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Friday 11 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Friday 11 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Sunday 13 Oct 201911:00 Book Now
Sunday 13 Oct 201915:00 Book Now
Tuesday 15 Oct 201912:00 Book Now
Tuesday 15 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Thursday 17 Oct 201911:00 Book Now
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Sunday 20 Oct 201918:00 Book Now
Wednesday 23 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
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Thursday 24 Oct 201919:30 Book Now
Wednesday 30 Oct 201915:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 2min

Destined to be one of the biggest (and politest) film events this year, the immensely popular period drama Downton Abbey gets its inevitable big screen adaption.

On our screens between 2010 and 2015, ITV’s Downton Abbey follows the fictional aristocratic family, the Crawley’s, and their many servants, as they lived through events such as the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, and the Irish War of Independence. The film is written by Julian Fellowes (full title: Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), the creator of Downton Abbey, and the writer of Gosford Park. There’s plenty of recurring faces, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Jim Carter.

Andrew Parker exclaims “blimey!” as he receives a note containing the news that the King and Queen intend on visiting Downton Abbey. This causes a big stir among the Crawley’s and their servants. And when the Royals bring their own host of waiting staff, much drama ensues.

It's a return to form, and its all-encompassing storyline plays much like a shinier, more magnificent Christmas special.

Horrible Histories:Rotten Romans (PG)

Horrible Histories:Rotten Romans

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Saturday 12 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 32min

Toilet humour, Roman puns and epic battles: author Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories makes history fun and hilarious once more, this time on the big screen.

Sunderland-born Deary’s quirky and hilarious books have sold over 25 million copies, with countless children taking a much greater interest in history because of them. Director Dominic Brigstocke is perfectly placed, having directed the Horrible Histories TV series, I’m Alan Partridge and The Armstrong and Miller Show.

The story follows the Romans in Britain and the Iceni tribe, led by the fiery Boudicca (Kate Nash). Alexander Armstrong’s Roman leader warns his troops that the tribe leader has “gone loco”, having defeated them in Verulamium (St Albans, of course). Atti (Sebastian Croft), a young Roman, is sent to Britain but is captured upon arrival by Celtic Orla (Emilia Jones). The two grow close, until Atti is returned to his regiment and learns that he is to fight her tribe in the Battle of Watling Street. They’re joined by a plethora of British talent: Derek Jacobi (no stranger to a Roman role), Nick Frost, Warwick Davis and Lee Mack all ensure the comedic quota is in a full tortoise formation.

No Ordinary Sheila - UK Premiere (NA)

No Ordinary Sheila - UK Premiere

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Sunday 13 Oct 201919:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 59min

No Ordinary Sheila (98mins)

+ Short film This is New Zealand (1971) (21mins)

We are delighted to have as guests, Mary & Ravi Khanna to introduce these films by Director Hugh Macdonald.
Mary has a strong connection to the films, as she is not only Hugh's sister but they are also cousins to the titular Sheila!

This is New Zealand was made to promote the country at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. An ambitious concept saw iconic NZ imagery - panoramas, nature, Māori culture, sport, industry - projected on three adjacent screens that together comprised one giant widescreen.

A rousing orchestral score (Sibelius's Karelia Suite) backed the images.

Two million people saw it in Osaka, and over 350,000 New Zealanders saw it on its homecoming theatrical release. It was remastered by Park Road Post in 2007

No Ordinary Sheila

The life story of this nonagenarian natural historian, illustrator and writer is a beautiful, truly Antipodean journey.

Growing up in the deep south led Sheila Natusch to an adventurous resilience which saw her climb multiple mountains, cycle from Picton to Bluff (look it up on Google Maps!) and write dozens of ground-breaking natural history books, including her magnum opus, Animals of New Zealand.

Featuring beautiful historic footage of the lower south in the 30s and 40s, this film offers fascinating glimpses into life as one of few female students at Otago University.

Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and unconventional life story which ranges from the southern wilds to the rugged Wellington coastline, where Sheila still lived until very recently, without a car, TV, lipstick or alcohol, planning to ‘get the last bit of fun out of life that there is’.

Please note:

For this special event we will not be running adverts + trailers.

The evening’s schedule will start from 7pm.

Tickets for this screening will be at Weekend Matinée prices.

From £6 for upstairs seating and £8 downstairs seating.

Ella Fitzgerald:Just One Of Those Things (12A)

Ella Fitzgerald:Just One Of Those Things

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Monday 14 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
Monday 14 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 29min

Leslie Woodhead’s documentary observes the singer’s journey into the limelight and the ambition and courage that drove her.

Performing from 1934 at the age of 15 and performing right up to 1993, only three years before her death, Ella Fitzgerald has long been enshrined as an iconic jazz vocalist of the twentieth century, but whose life and legacy is less well-explored as those of her fellow icons Holliday and Simone.

In the tried-and-true talking heads format, the film establishes her as a great singer, mastering crowd-pleasing showtunes and more adventurous scat and bebop numbers, through celebrity endorsements from the likes of Jamie Cullum and Laura Mvula, but is equally fascinating on her personality and strength of character, from the recollections of colleagues, her adopted son, and archive reminiscences of the singer herself.

The film does not shy from the issue of race, showing the discrimination she faced and the quiet, but firm stand she took against it. Like its subject, the film may not be too radical in its approach, but it possesses a unique grace and power in its portrait of a titanic figure too-often taken for granted.

The Shiny Shrimps (S) (15)

The Shiny Shrimps (S)

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Wednesday 16 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 43min

Co-directed by Maxime Govare and Cédric Le Gallo, The Shiny Shrimps (Les crevettes pailletées) dives into a funny and flamboyant story about an aspiring gay water-polo team.

Formed by nine friends living in Paris, the blatantly inept water-polo team Shiny Shrimps are all about acceptance, being yourself and equality – however, the French sport society are not as open.

As karma would have it - after making a homophobic comment on national television - water-polo Olympic champion Matthias Le Goff (Nicolas Gob) is assigned to coach the amateur team, whose only ambition is to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia, where the hottest international LGBTQ+ athletes compete.

In their flashy team bus, the charismatic Shrimps will take you on their happy, joyful and moving journey. Expect anything from laughter to emotional tears accompanied by a little bit of Bonnie Tyler to get you cutting some shapes, alongside their pretty spectacular choreography.

A musically uplifting and delightfully performed film that teaches us important lessons about love, friendship, determination, acceptance, and forgiveness.

The Goldfinch (15)

The Goldfinch

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Friday 18 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
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Tuesday 29 Oct 201915:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 29min

John Crowley (Brooklyn) brings Donna Tartt’s bestselling epic of loss, recovery, and art to vivid cinematic life.

Theo Decker’s life freezes when he is caught in a terrorist bombing at a New York art gallery, losing his mother and taking a treasured Dutch painting in the chaos. Alienated from his father and with few friends, Theo is steered into criminal activities, including hard drugs and art fraud, while remaining obsessed with both the painting, which he continues to hoard, and Pippa, a fellow survivor of the bombing. As the years pass, Theo’s guilt over hoarding the painting builds, and the crimes of his friends drag him into a worldwide quest to restore the painting and recover from the traumas of the past.

Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) match Tartt’s sweeping, emotionally charged story with similarly broad, but stirring conviction and energy, transposing the novel through a skilled cast, typically luminous cinematography from Roger Deakins, and skilled plotting that streamlines the novel without sacrificing emotional weight.

On film, Tartt’s richly melodramatic thrills and warmly intimate musings on grief and art’s ability to soften it do not lose their power.

Ad Astra (12A)

Ad Astra

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Saturday 19 Oct 201919:00 Book Now
Sunday 20 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
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Thursday 24 Oct 201913:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 2h 3min

Brad Pitt has played a mysterious soap salesman, a Nazi-hunter, and a mythological Greek hero, but never an astronaut. Until now.
Ad Astra sees him travelling to the outer reaches of the solar system in search of his missing father, along the way uncovering secrets about the true nature of human existence.

Ad Astra is written and directed by James Gray, the man behind We Own the Night (2007) and The Immigrant (2013), and has likened the story of his new film to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. He also stated his intention for the film was to have "the most realistic depiction of space travel that's been put in a movie.”

Joining Pitt is Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland in a stellar cast. Expect some stirring and intricate music from Max Richter, also.

Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) travels across cold and unforgiving space in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones), a renegade scientist whose doomed expedition threatens the entire solar system. Premiering at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, here is a space odyssey that you’ll definitely want to see on our big screen.

Bait (15)


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Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 29min

Cornwall native and industrious filmmaker Mark Jenkin, takes a swipe at holidaymakers and traditionalists alike in his original and stylistically bold tale of a community’s struggle with change.

Martin Ward has lived and worked as a cove fisherman in Cornwall his entire life, however, he is currently without a boat. Martin’s brother Steven has repurposed their father’s fishing vessel as a tourist tripper, tearing the pair apart. After Martin is displaced from his childhood home to make way for a tourist getaway, he is finally forced to make a decision that impacts the community he so dearly loves.

Despite being set in the present, Bait was crafted using filmmaking techniques that hark back to the earliest days of cinema. Shot on a clockwork Bolex camera utilising black and white 16mm film stock, each reel of celluloid was then processed by hand to create a uniquely vintage aesthetic: no two rolls came out the same. The entire soundtrack for the film, including dialogue and sound effects, was dubbed in post-production in keeping with the antiquated filmmaking process.

Bait is a remarkable and unique piece of modern cinema – do it justice by seeing it on the biggest screen possible.

The Lost Boys (1987) (15)

The Lost Boys (1987)

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Friday 25 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 37min

The first half of our fang-tastic Halloween double-bill of 1980s vampire movies (coupled with Fright Night on October 31st) comes to the Odyssey this Halloween weekend.

When Mike (Jason Patric) and his brother Sam (Corey Haim) move to the beach town of Santa Carla, they soon discover that beyond the lights and music of the amusement park and the endless beach parties, the town holds a sinister secret. It’s a haven for a gang of teenage vampires.

As Mike becomes seduced into the lifestyle of the gang, and its leader David (Kiefer Sutherland), it’s up to his younger brother to save him from becoming one of them himself. So, after enlisting the help of the infamous Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), they arm themselves with stakes, garlic and holy water filled squirt guns to destroy the unholy brood once and for all.

Well deserving of its classic status Director Joel Schumacher’s teen horror effortlessly combines the scares with the laughs, and along with its unforgettable rocking soundtrack, it’s the perfect slay ride to start the Halloween season.

Ghostbusters (1984) (12A)

Ghostbusters (1984)

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Saturday 26 Oct 201913:00 Book Now
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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 45m

Ghosts: they’re real, and they’re here… at the Odyssey!

Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis star as Manhattan-based paranormal investigators whose research is currently being undermined. When dozens of ghouls start popping up all over the city, the quartet team up to form the Ghostbusters, successfully handling any ghostly threats that dare to materialise. However, what initially appear to be minor domestic disturbances quickly escalate into widespread pandemonium gripping the entire city. With no one else to turn to, the Ghostbusters are hired to rid New York of an army of mischievous poltergeists brought forth by an ancient Babylonian demon, channelled through the stunning Sigourney Weaver and nerdish Rick Moranis.

Combining elements of action, comedy and horror, Ghostbusters is simultaneously one of the most successful and most expensive comedy films of all time that has entertained audiences with its deadpan humour, its unforgettable theme song and by turning a delicious childhood mascot into a malevolently cheery 300ft monstrosity.

If you’re looking for tickets to a rip-roaring good time, who ya gonna call?

The Fly (1986) (18)

The Fly (1986)

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Saturday 26 Oct 201919:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 32min

“There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…”

David Cronenberg’s 1980’s update of Kurt Neumann’s classic 1958 monster movie is buzzing your way this Halloween season.

Journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) is sent on an assignment to write an article on Dr Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), an eccentric genius who is creating a device that can instantly transport matter from one location to another.

As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she assists with his experiment. But late one night - without her knowledge - he offers himself as a guinea pig to test the system, he enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether - but he doesn't know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly...

With amazingly gooey (and Oscar-winning!) special effects and a sweeping soundtrack by Howard Shore, The Fly was Cronenberg’s biggest commercial success to date and cemented his reputation as a master of the genre.

Transport yourself to The Odyssey this October… just check for unwelcome visitors before you close the hatch.

Kiki's Delivery Service (Dubbed) (U)

Kiki's Delivery Service (Dubbed)

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Sunday 27 Oct 201911:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 40min

***This film is dubbed into English and suitable for all ages***

There’s room on the broom for everyone to enjoy this heart-warming tale of a young witch discovering her place in the world!

Veteran Studio Ghibli animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch whose time has come to fly the nest and learn the ways of the world. She settles down in the stunning seaside town of Koriko, a blend of the French provincial and San Franciscan coastline. However, Kiki’s aerial skylarking is frowned upon by the local hotels and she is turned away because of their strict “no witches” policy. Luckily, she is saved by a motherly baker’s wife who offers her a roof over her head in exchange for her unique style of courier service.

What follows is a fulfilling trail of self-discovery as Kiki befriends a whole host of lovable characters, accompanied along the way by her wisecracking black cat – Jiji. Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, Kiki’s Delivery Service will have you soaring high above cloud nine in a magical adventure that offers a rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable animated experience.

Harry Birrell:Films of Love+War Q&A (TBC)

Harry Birrell:Films of Love+War Q&A

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Monday 28 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: TBC

A new documentary discovers the rich and eloquent legacy of an unassuming but well-travelled and thoughtful man.

Only recently discovered by his surviving family - his granddaughter is one of the film’s producers - the film charts the extensive films, diaries and albums of a Scottish WWII soldier who fought in Asia.

The film does not lack in exotic locations and vivid period detail: London is seen in all its pre-war splendour, and Birrell walked over great regions of India, Burma, and Tibet. What makes the film even more unique and riveting, however, is Birrell’s eye for detail: the films show his loving attention to mundane, yet touchingly ephemeral events, while his diaries (movingly voiced by Richard Madden) show his thoughtful concern for the people and events around him, painfully aware of how fleeting they and his memories of them are.

Largely in colour and carefully restored, his amateur yet expert eye ably involves the audience in seaside holidays and military exercises alike, giving them a fuller idea than ever of both the vanished world he lived in and his deeply felt commitment to preserving it. (Research Dominic Bannister)

We are very pleased to invite you to join us after the screening for a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Hero: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric (12A)

Hero: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric

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Tuesday 29 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 51min

This docu-drama follows the incredible untold story of the WWII War Hero, lawyer, BBC producer and diplomat whose involvement was vital in helping Caribbean and African nations gain Independence.

Nikolai Salcedo excels as Ulric Cross; a man who did it all, defying the odds. After being tragically orphaned aged 13, alongside his eight siblings, the Trinidad and Tobago native became an RAF pilot, rightfully recognised as the most decorated West Indian of World War II.

Director Frances Anne Solomon celebrates Cross’ life on screen through a reconstruction style, mixed with real-life footage from the time. In London, Cross trained as a lawyer and later a Broadcaster, mixing with intellectuals such as CLR James (Joseph Marcell, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), and George Padmore, (Fraser James, Yardie) , both of whom were key figures in the Pan-African movement.

This road-movie/docu-drama then takes us to Ghana showing Cross’ role in the quest to liberate Africa from colonialism.

Aptly screened during Black History Month you’ll be left feeling exactly as the title suggests - inspired, wishing you were taught about this extraordinary man in your history lessons at school.

Le Quai des Brumes (1938) (S) +intro (PG)

Le Quai des Brumes (1938) (S) +intro

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Wednesday 30 Oct 201919:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 32min

Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.

Marcel Carné's moody, dreamlike, and pioneering French noir makes a richly deserved return, 80 years since it was first released.
Fleeing from his military past and hoping to begin anew, solitary drifter Jean (Jean Gabin) finds himself uprooted when he begins a romance with runaway teenager Nelly (Michèle Morgan). Initially finding happiness in each other, the couple are dragged back to Earth by Nelly’s guardian Zabel (Michel Simon), whose dubious attachment to her has already had deadly consequences and brought the attention of nearby gangsters. Determined to protect his beloved, Jean responds furiously - but this very devotion may prove to be his undoing.

Carne creates a style of filmmaking that still seems unlike any other, combining raw, unpredictable realism with a poetic, sensuous mood. Gabin and Simon, two of the greatest French actors, ground the surreal yet captivating dialogue and machoistic posturing, while a tempestuous Le Havre is cloaked with a sordid yet luminous atmosphere. For all its age, the film unselfconsciously brims with passionate energy and romantic conviction, which radiate from every shadowy corner of the film right up to its explosive conclusion.

The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium.

Monster House (PG)

Monster House

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Thursday 31 Oct 201911:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 27min

A suburban home becomes physically animated by a vengeful soul looking to stir up trouble from the underworld. It's up to three adventurous kids from the neighbourhood to do battle with the structural golem in this comically frightful tale.

In this, his directorial debut, Gil Kenan brings us a perfect family horror. Still working on the frights since Monster House’s release in 2006, Kenan is currently working alongside Jason Reitman, writing the new Ghostbusters 2020.

Monster House has some A-list vocal (and physical performance for the motion capture technology) from the likes of Steve Buscemi and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The characters are animated using live-action motion capture animation, which was previously used in The Polar Express (2004).

After his parents leave town on Halloween, 12-year-old DJ, and chum Chowder become increasingly fascinated by the imposing house across the street owned by Mr. Nebbercracker (Buscemi). When Chowder’s basketball goes AWOL on Nebbercracker’s premise, the boys, along with fast friend Jenny (Spencer Locke), have no choice but to investigate.

Hooked into a universally recognisable premise (who didn’t have a scary, no-go house around the corner?), Monster House is rich enough to transport you instantly back to your childhood curiosity.

Hocus Pocus (1993) (PG)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Thursday 31 Oct 201915:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 32min

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches from the 17th century, bringing life and laughs to Disney’s dark cult fantasy.

After being forced by their parents to move from sunny Los Angeles to Salem, Max Dennison (Omri Katz) a skeptical 16 year old, and his 8 year old sister Dani (Thora Birch) find themselves exploring the old Sanderson’s house, along with the town’s leading teen queen and Halloween enthusiast Allison (Vinessa Shaw).

After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat called Thackery Binx (Jason Marsden), the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Allow this unforgettable trio of enchantresses to put a spell on you this Halloween, and fight your hardest not to repeat their incantations! Still a skeptic? It’s time to get superstitious.

Fright Night (1985) (18)

Fright Night (1985)

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Thursday 31 Oct 201920:00 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 44min

Rising from the crypt this Halloween comes director Tom Holland’s love letter to the golden age of classic horror movies, Fright Night.

17 year old Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) has started noticing strange behaviour from his new neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon)… He is only ever seen after sunset, late night visitors have been reported missing, and why are coffins being delivered to the house? Could Charlie be living next door to a vampire?

When the police and his mother don’t believe him, he enlists the help of washed-up actor and TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) to slay the undead bloodsucker before he sinks his teeth into his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) and his best friend “Evil” Ed Thomson (Stephen Geoffreys).

Skilfully embracing the mythologies of the Universal and Hammer horror movies of yesteryear and blending them with a modern (well... 80s) dynamic, Fright Night remains one of the most highly regarded and fondly remembered horror films of the decade. So, if you love being scared… it’ll be the night of your life!

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