Introducing the Winter Gardens Film Festival

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Showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programme for 2017 will be announced in early December 2016.
It’s going to be varied, taking in a range of genres from classic musical, comedy, horror, silent classics and contemporary comedy, along with a range of event cinema. This year we will also be accepting submissions from film-makers.

The main screenings take place in the magnificent Opera House, opened by Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale in 1939 as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated combination theatres and super cinemas of the pre-war period. There will also be screenings in the Grand Foyer as well as talks and exhibitions in the other Opera House rooms.

Dates for 2016: 

  • Friday 9 December:
    #BFIBlackStar Event cinema – Stormy Weather

    Join us for a trip back to the 1940’s with an event cinema screening of the classic musical Stormy Weather.

    For one night only, Blackpool Winter Gardens will be transformed into the Grand Foyer Club, where cocktails and zoot suits are the order of the day! Jive the night away to the swinging sound of our live band the Billionaires.

    Dates for 2017:

  • The main festival will take place on Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February.