Sep 17

Blackpool Cinema to Open with Classic Film showings

A live satellite screening of an iconic West End musical and special showings of classic films are among the treats lined up for viewers as the new Winter Gardens cinema gets set to open.

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The exciting project – Opera House Cinema Nights – will feature a host of classics like When Harry Met Sally, Brief Encounter, Top Gun and Casablanca.

Billy Elliot, The Musical, one of the West End’s most popular shows, will also be screened live via satellite from the Victoria Theatre in London.

The action gets underway this Friday with a special “Girls Night Out” showing of Dirty Dancing with further showings – some completely free –  every night next week.

Then, in October, there will be three special screening of just-released Elaine Constantine picture, Northern Soul, together with a Northern Soul-themed after party in the Winter Gardens’ iconic Spanish Hall.


The full line-up, times, dates and prices are:

  • Friday 19 September, 7.30pm – Dirty Dancing – £5
  • Saturday 20 September, 2pm and 7.30pm – West Side Story – £5
  • Sunday 21 September, 2pm and 7.30pm – The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night – £5
  • Monday 22 September, 7.30pm – Casablanca – Free
  • Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm – Top Gun – Free
  • Wednesday 24 September, 7.30pm – Brief Encounter – Free
  • Thursday 25 September , 2pm and 7.30pm – Gone With The Wind – £5
  • Friday 26 September, 7.30pm – When Harry Met Sally – £5
  • Saturday 27 September, 2pm and 7.30pm – Les Miserables – £5
  • Sunday 28 September 1.30pm for 2pm and 6.30pm for 7pm – Billy Elliot: The Musical – £12.50 or £10 concessions including children. Complimentary glass of wine or popcorn included.
  • Friday 17 and Sunday 19 October,  7.30pm – Northern Soul – £8.
  • Saturday 18 October, 7.30pm – Northern Soul – £12 including tickets to the after party at the Spanish Hall featuring a live Northern Soul DJ.


This incredible project utilises Blackpool’s iconic Opera House to bring cinema back to the Winter Gardens for the first time in almost 40 years.

A brand new, state-of-the-art digital cinema screen – believed to be the biggest in the North West – and a brand new surround sound system has been specially installed for the project and further showings are already being planned.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said Opera House Cinema Nights are definitely not to be missed.

He said: “We’ve got an incredible range of classic films to kick off the Opera House Cinema Nights project.

“We’ve got the biggest cinema screen in the North West, a brand new sound system and one of the best theatres in the whole country which has just played host to an incredible summer season of one of the best musicals in the world in Mamma Mia!

“What could be better than watching some of your favourite films – or catching Billy Elliot: The Musical live from London – in such a fantastic setting.

“There are even free showings which I’m sure will prove incredibly popular.

“I hope people will really seize the opportunity to enjoy the Opera House, enjoy some wonderful films and welcome the return of cinema to Blackpool town centre with open arms.”

Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens, added: “The Opera House Cinema Project is one that we’ve thought long and hard about.

“To kick it off we’re putting on some wonderful films at an excellent price – and even some for free – which will give people a taste of what cinema at the Winter Gardens is all about.

“We’ve then got two incredible events – a live screening of Billy Elliot: The Musical and three screenings of Northern Soul including a showing on Saturday night which features what should be a brilliant Northern Soul themed after party.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

For tickets, visit the Winter Gardens Box Office on Church Street or call 0844 856 1111