Relaxed Screening: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

3pm Friday 15 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 1961
Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Director: Richard Thorpe
Genre: Drama, Musical
Cert: U

Elvis Presley smouldering behind bars, in an ever-popular musical that includes a kickass dance number to the title track which is widely recognised as the King’s finest moment on film. Sit back and enjoy the time-honoured story of boy goes wrong, boy gets a second chance and blows it, but boy comes good in the end. Oh, and there’s the bonus of some toe tapping music too!

This is a relaxed/dementia-friendly screening.

This screening is open to all but it is specially adapted for people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers. This means that we will have:

  • Friendly ushers to meet, greet and seat you
  • The Opera House will be adapted to be as calming and comfortable as possible:
    • There will be low level lighting throughout the screening
    • The volume is slightly lower
  • Wheelchair spaces are available
  • There will be a 20 minute interval halfway through the film
  • You are free to talk and move around during the screening
  • Singing along is not only allowed but positively encouraged!
  • Doors open at 2:40pm so that you can get to know the cinema space before the film

Tickets: £4.00
Accompanying carers go free.
Community groups: Please contact us for group discounts

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Family Screening: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

10:45am, Saturday 16 March 2019, Opera House

We’re pleased to bring you a special screening of the classic musical The Wizard of Oz at the magnificent Blackpool Opera House and kids go free!

Year: 1939

Running Time: 1h 38 mins

Director: Victor Fleming

Genre: Musical, fantasy

Starring:  Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Cert: U

A timeless family musical and one of cinema’s much loved productions, The Wizard of Oz (1939) sees young Dorothy Gale longing to escape black-and-white drudgery on a Kansas farm, for a life ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. During a dramatic tornado her wish comes true as she and her dog Toto are carried off into the sky. Suddenly in Oz, life is Technicolor bedazzlement. In a bid to return to Kansas, new friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion help her fend off the Wicked Witch to reach the Emerald City and the wonderful but never-before-seen Wizard of Oz.

As always fancy dress is not essential but positively encouraged! We have film festival goody bags for the top 5 best dressed.

Buy one adult ticket, get up to 2 child tickets free. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you wish to bring a group of children, please contact us directly.

Tickets: £5 per adult, up to 2 children go free with each adult.  Additional children’s tickets £2.50.

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Sing along Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Doors open 2pm, Screening starts 2:15pm, Sunday 18 March 2018, Opera House

Early Bird offer

Buy one adult ticket, get a child ticket free – available up to 5 March 2018.

Year: 2017
Running Time: 2h 9 mins
Director:  Bill Condon
Genre: Musical, animation, fantasy
Starring:  Emma Watson,  Luke Evans,  Dan Stevens,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw,  Josh Gad,  Ian McKellen,  Emma Thompson,  Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci,  Kevin Kline
Cert: PG

Now you know how we love a good singing session!

Be our Guest at our Sing along screening of Beauty and the Beast (2017) on Sunday 18 March 2018.

Join the characters you know and love for this spectacular live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

Follow the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

This screening includes on-screen lyrics so that everyone can join in, get ready to warm up those vocal chords and enjoy this tale as old as time.

As always fancy dress is not essential but positively encouraged! We have film festival goody bags for the top 5 best dressed.

Tickets
Adults £5, Children (under 12 years) £2.50

Early Bird offer

Buy one adult ticket, get a child ticket free – available up to 1 March 2018.

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Please note that we have weekend wristbands available for £45 and £50.

If you have already bought screening tickets and want to upgrade when the full programme is announced, please contact us and we will arrange this for you.

You can also join us for the Film Discussion Group: Beauty and the Beast: Feminist or Fraud at 4:30pm – more details to follow 

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This screening is part of our Women in Focus day:
To mark #Vote100 we dedicate Sunday of the film festival to women in film. Focusing on female directors, strong female leads, films that pass the Bechdel test. There will be discussions, craftivism workshops and resource/awareness raising for local women’s services running alongside the film programme.
 

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Sing-a-long Calamity Jane (1953)

1pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

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

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.

You were never lovelier

Opening Night: You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Doors open 7:15pm, Screening starts 8pm, Friday 3 February

Year: 1942
Running Time: 97 mins
Director: William A. Seiter
Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks
Cert: U
You Were Never Lovelier 

We’re heading down to Argentina for this romantic musical comedy starring dance legend Fred Astaire and the iconic Rita Hayworth

This clever cocktail of humour, romance and stylish musical numbers features music from composer Jerome Kern (Ol’ Man River, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight) and lyricist Johnny Mercer (Jeepers Creepers, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, Moon River) in a sparkling digital restoration.

Astaire plays Robert Davies, a dancer who likes to have a flutter on the horses. After losing his money gambling, he looks for a job in a Buenos Aires nightclub and is soon pulled into the middle of an elaborate scheme where he falls for Maria – the club owner’s daughter played by Hayworth.

There are intrigues a-plenty as Maria mistakes Robert for a fictional admirer concocted by her meddlesome father, but how long can they keep up the charade when love is on the cards?

Released in 1942, this lavish production must have provided much needed escapism from the war, set in a far-away location with infectious Latin sounds from Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, beautiful costumes and a heavy dose of Hollywood glamour.

Hayworth is a beautiful dancer, gracefully keeping step with Astaire, who said in his autobiography that she was his favourite dancing partner. Whether a romantic, graceful waltz or a high-energy tap routine the dance numbers are exceptional and promise to keep your toes tapping all night long!

Dance Party!

Make sure that you wear your dancing shoes as we’re holding a swing dance party after the screening in the Grand Foyer with live dance band the Billionaires.

Tickets are available online now.

Standard Ticket £10:

  • Cocktail on arrival
  • Film Screening in Opera House

VIP ticket £15:

  • Cocktail on arrival
  • Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the 1940s swing dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and lindy hop dance

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

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Keep your Seats, Please! (1935)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 2pm

Tickets: £5

Play along George Formby: Keep your Seats, Please!

Year: 1936  Running Time: 82
Director: Monty Banks
Starring: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Gus McNaughton, Harry Tate, Alistair Sim, Fiona Stewart (credited as ‘Binkie’ Stewart.
Cert: PG
Genre: Comedy
Songs:

  • Keep Your Seats Please (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)
  • When I’m Cleaning Windows (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)

Blackpool favourite George Formby plays an heir on a mission. Based on the play Twelve Chairs by Elie Ilf and Eugene Petrov, George is supposed to inherit some valuable jewels from his aunt. However, he has to find his fortune which has been hidden in a set of chairs which have been sold separately at auction.

Watch out for:

  • One of George’s greatest hits, “The Window Cleaner”
  • Alastair Sim as the shady lawyer who also has his eye on the hidden fortune.

A great film for all the family, we invite ukulele enthusiasts young and old to join in and play along!

Gala Screening: 42nd Street (1933)

Date: Friday 22 January 2016
Venue: Opera House
Time:
7pm        Drinks Reception
7:45pm  Gala screening: 42nd Street
9:15pm   Festival Launch Party

Tickets £7.50 – includes admission to drinks reception and launch party.

Dress: Step out in style! Black and white dress encouraged.
There will be a prize for the best dressed.

42nd Street (1933)

Year: 1933  Running Time: 89 minutes
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Starring: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee
Cert: U
Genre: Musical

A backstage drama that traces the creation of a Broadway show from its first call through to its blockbuster opening night. Naive chorus girl Peggy Sawyer sees her career unexpectedly set on a steep trajectory when she has to stand-in for the show’s injured leading lady with only a day to rehearse for her domineering director.

42nd Street trailer

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