That’s Entertainment (1974): Opening Night Celebration

Doors open 6:30pm, Screening starts 7pm, Party Starts at 9:15pm, Friday 15 March 2018

Year: 1974
Running Time: 2hours 15 mins
Director: Jack Haley Jnr
Starring: Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Lena Horne, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Howard Keel, Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, Clark Gable, Mario Lanza and many more.
Cert: U

Join us for a night of Hollywood glamour as we celebrate the Film Festival’s 5th birthday and the Opera House’s 80th with a selection of iconic music and dance numbers from MGM’s greatest musicals and a swinging dance party.

In 1974 MGM enjoyed one of its biggest box-office hits with That’s Entertainment, a compilation of musical highlights from the studio’s golden days. Introduced by a stellar line-up of on-screen hosts including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and Liza Minnelli, you’ll enjoy a variety of classic film clips in both color and black-and-white. Experience generous helpings of classic MGM musical numbers from iconic films such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris and High Society.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see these brilliant performances with lots of laughs fabulous song and dance routines and a sparkling restoration on the Opera House big screen, this is an event not to be missed!


Dance Party!

Make sure that you wear your dancing shoes as we’re holding a 1940s dance party after the screening in the Grand Foyer with singer Aaron Whiteside, tap dancing from the cast of 42nd Street,  live dance band the Billionaires and oodles of birthday cake! Meet some colourful 1940’s characters and jive the night away in style!



Standard Entry £10:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in the Opera House

Film + Party Entry £15:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the vintage dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance and cake!

VIP Entry £20:

    • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
    • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
    • Entry to the vintage dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance
    • Reserved front-row tables at the party.

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This event is a fundraiser to restore the 35mm film projectors in the Opera House.

Sing-a-long Calamity Jane (1953)

1pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

Year: 1953  Running Time: 101 mins
David Butler
Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie

Every year we have one ‘Exception to the rule’ screening of a colour film. This year we have a LGBT History Month Screening in Partnership with Blackpool Pride Festival

Polish up those cowboy boots because the Deadwood Stage is coming to Blackpool this February!

Join us for a sing-a-long screening one of the best loved musical films of the 1950s. The captivating Doris Day plays the whip-cracking, gun-toting frontier scout Calamity Jane, whose wild promises lead her to bring the beautiful Adelaide Adams to grace the stage at Deadwood’s Golden Garter saloon. The new arrival causes quite a stir, but has Calamity accidentally introduced a romantic rival?

The toe-tapping musical score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster is a firm favourite, including catchy numbers like The Deadwood Stage, A Woman’s Touch and the Oscar winning Secret Love, which became a million-selling hit for Doris Day and a queer anthem.

We’re excited to bring you new digital sing-a-long release of this musical classic; so warm up your vocal chords as we’ll be encouraging you to belt out your favourites. Whip-crack-away!

Tickets £7.50.

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Dressing up is is not essential, but positively encouraged… Yee-haaaa!

There will be a bucket collection for Blackpool Pride Festival at this event.