Frankenstein (1931) with live singing from Lancaster Millennium Choir

3pm, Saturday 4 February, Baronial Hall
12:15pm, Sunday 5 February, Derham Lounge

Year: 1931        Running Time: 25 mins
Director: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff,  Colin Clive,  Mae Clarke,  John Boles, Edward Van Sloan
Cert: PG (Contains mild horror)

Lancaster Millennium Choir will be bringing their unique, and highly entertaining, interpretation of Frankenstein. Experience an abridged version of the 1931 classic in a new way as the choir sing along to clips using parts of Mary Shelley’s original text – plus a few other musical surprises along the way!

This event is a fundraiser for the Opera House 35mm Projector restoration project.

Suggested donation £3

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

3pm, Sunday 5 February, Baronial Hall

Year: 1927  Running Time: 94 mins
Director: FW Murnau
Starring: Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, Margaret Livingston
Cert: U

Awards 1st Academy Awards (1927/8)

  • Best Actress – Janet Gaynor
  • Cinematography – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss
  • Unique and Artistic Picture

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

sunrise_poster“This song of the man and his wife is of no-place and everyplace: you might hear it anywhere at anytime. For wherever the sun rises and sets…in the city’s turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.”

So begins F.W. Murnau’s astonishing film.

This is a moving simple story of a husband’s betrayal of his wife with a seductive city girl. Labelled simply ‘The Man’ (George O Brien) and ‘The Wife’ (Janet Gaynor) the protagonists embark on an adventure of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity of timelessness and universality.

Made with an unlimited budget, the amazing cinematography captures both idyllic rural settings and the bustling modern city with pioneering camera work. Sunrise is silent film at its most poetic. it uses an amazing array of cinematic touches, with a plot that keeps the audience transfixed.

Wurlitza will provide live accompaniment, adding music that will be both familiar and unfamiliar, from Bach and Villa Lobas to Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen, Madness and the Vapors, as well as some of their own. This is a truly unique and memorable experience, and great for all ages.

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Sunrise trailer

Modern Times (1936)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 3:30pm

Tickets: £5

Modern Times

Year: 1936  Running Time: 87
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
Cert: U
Genre: Comedy

Over 100 years since his most famous character The Little Tramp appeared on screen and 112 years since Charlie Chaplin appeared on stage at the Winter Gardens,  we are screening his classic comedy Modern Times.

Featuring several of the most celebrated sequences in comic cinema and a musical score written by Chaplin himself, this is a cutting satire of the Great Depression and the dehumanising effects of industrial development.

Paulette Goddard stars as The Gamin who joins the Little Tramp in escaping from the big city. Feel like escaping modern life?  This film is as engaging today as 80 years ago.

Archive footage: Mayor of Blackpool on Sing As We Go (1934)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 1pm

Tickets: Free for wristband holders, Sing As We Go ticket holders and Civic Trust Members (please bring you membership card).

Mayor of Blackpool on Sing As We Go

Year: 1934  Running Time: 10
Genre: Archive

From the Town Hall archive: The 1934 Mayor of Blackpool Mr Charles Edward Tatham makes a speech thanking the creators of Sing As We Go for filming in Blackpool.

This film was discovered in late 2015 tucked away in Blackpool Town Hall basement. It has been digitally restored by Blackpool Civic Trust and this will be the first public screening of this footage.

Sing As We Go (1934)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 1:45pm

Tickets: £5

Sing As We Go

Year: 1934  Running Time: 80
Director: Basil Dean
Starring: Gracie Fields, John Loder, Dorothy Hyson
Cert: U
Genre: Comedy

When the textile mill closes, putting her out of work, Gracie finds herself experiencing all of the amusements of Blackpool.

The most famous and fondly recalled of Gracie Fields’ British vehicles, Sing as We Go! captures vividly the sights, sounds, slang, customs and attitudes of the working classes in 1930s industrial Lancashire, while at the same time conveying a genuine sense of joyousness and delight.