The Black Gloves (2017) + Director Q&A

Doors open 7:15pm, Screening starts 7:30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Followed by Q&A with Director Laurie Brewster at 9pm in the Grand Foyer

Year: 2017
Running Time: 80 minutes
Director: Laurie Brewster
Starring: Macarena Gómez, Nicholas Vince, Alexandra Nicole Hulme, Craig J. Seath, Jamie Scott Gordon
Cert: 18
Genre: Horror

The terrifying story of Dr. Finn Galloway, a psychologist obsessed with the death of his young patient and her belief in a strange and terrifying figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity. Deep in the Scottish highlands, Dr. Galloway counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher.

Inspired by classic chillers such as Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents, The Black Gloves is a Film Noir that combines chilling supernatural horror with deep psychological dread.

The 1940s-set film was shot in a remote mansion in the Scottish Highlands during 2016 and 2017 and received significant funding from a Kickstarter campaign which raised over £50,000 from more than 600 backers.

This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Lawrie Brewster.

Lawrie Brewster is passionate about making bold, original horror films that are rich with mythology and lore. His previous films ‘Lord of Tears’ and ‘The Unkindness of Ravens’ have both received critical acclaim, as well as, most importantly, high praise from horror fans who are hungry for something different.

Tickets £7.50

Early bird discount: 10% off of tickets booked before 5 March 2018.

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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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The Phantom of the Opera

4pm, Saturday 4 February, Opera House

Year: 1925
Running Time: 80 mins
Director: Rupert Julian
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
Cert: PG
The Phantom of the Opera 

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Film critic Roger Ebert said in 2004 that “it has always been a question whether The Phantom of the Opera is a great film, or only a great spectacle.” Either way, to see this film in 1925 was a truly shocking experience. Fast-moving and exciting, the film is a dramatic tale of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge, beautifully tinted throughout and featuring an impressive sequence of early Technicolor as the Phantom appears at a Masked Ball.

This is the original film version of Phantom which inspired numerous remakes. It was a critical and commercial success upon release, as these press quotes from the time contest: an “ultra fantastic melodrama” (New York Times); “produced on a stupendous scale” (Moving Picture World); “probably the greatest inducement to nightmare that has yet been screened” (Variety)

Minima have specialised in live accompaniment to screenings of silent films since 2006. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom of the Opera captures the horror of the story, but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world.

“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.” (Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, the Barbican Centre)

“Minima’s spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.” (The Guardian)

“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.” (Financial Times)


  • Buy one adult ticket and get a free child ticket (under 16 yrs).

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Carnival of Souls (1962)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 9pm

Tickets: £5

Carnival of Souls

Year: 1962  Running Time: 79
Director: Herk Harvey
Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger
Cert: 15
Genre: Horror, B-Movie

Carnival of Souls is a strange, atmospheric and unforgettable horror film. It focuses on a young church organist Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) who is haunted by visions of a ghoulish netherworld after surviving what appears to be certain death when a car in which she is a passenger, plunges over the edge of a bridge into the river below.

Mary begins a new life in a sleepy Utah town, home to a derelict carnival and dancehall. Still struggling in the aftermath of her accident, she is haunted by an enigmatic figure that slips inside her dreams and calls her to the ruins of the former pleasure ground – about which the local Mormon congregation know more than they choose to reveal.

If you like this, you may also be interested in the Carnival of Souls Cinema in the Dark event.

Cinema in the Dark: Carnival of Souls

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Foyer Bar
Time: 6.30pm

Tickets: £7.50

Carnival of Souls

Year: 2015  Running Time: 60
Director: Bren O’Callaghan
Produced by Sally Folkard
Script adapted by Len Horsey
Music and sound design by Euan Rodger
Starring: Matt Aistrup, Baby Dee, Henrietta Fusi, Amanda Hennessy, Len Horsey, Kate McCabe and Daniel Wallace.
Cert: 15

A new, unique adaptation of director Herk Harvey’s 1962 experimental feature film oddity, Carnival of Souls has been stripped and adapted to become an audio-only experience inside a darkened cinema, inspired by classic fantasy adventure radio serials of the 1930s-40s alongside sensory deprivation methods.

Commissioned by Film Hub North West Central with an advisory group of blind and partially sighted audience members, the broadcast is relayed across wireless headsets incorporating binaural audio – a technique that creates the illusion of the action happening to and around the listener, forming a sense of intimate proximity.

Binaural sound is discerned ‘outside’ the head, projected into physical space, with additional properties of direction, distance and range. Carnival of Souls attempts to explore to what end you, the audience, contribute to the cinematic experience by way of a largely unconscious understanding of form and audio foundations – from sound effects to musical composition, locative prompts and dialogue.


COS audience 

Mary (Amanda Hennessy), escaping a traumatic past, attempts to establish a new life in a sleepy Utah town, site of a derelict carnival and dancehall. Subjected to the attentions and lure of a mysterious figure, Moroni (Baby Dee), Mary finds herself drawn to the ruins of the former pleasure ground… about which the local Mormon congregation know more than they choose to reveal.

Please note this performance takes place in near-darkness with the optional invitation to wear an eye mask for blotting out remaining light spill. It is therefore not suitable for those who may feel uncomfortable in this setting.


Special thanks to Matthew Irvine for permission to adapt from the original film treatment.

Thanks to Filmhub North West for their assistance with bringing this event to Blackpool.

If you like this, why not see the full feature film at our Carnival of Souls screening later on in the Opera House?

COS ticket offer

Tickets available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).

Doing the double bill offer? Buy your £2.50 ticket at the Cinema in the Dark event.

Take a look at the Facebook event.