We’ve had another week of diverse films, in addition to the challenges posed by the Arts Bar being cut in half to make way for a new door into the Braithwaite Hall! Tuesday’s absorbing The Lost City of Z was followed by the long-awaited return of theatre to the David Lean’s screen, via the Globe on Screen Twelfth Night. The evening screening virtually sold out, and feedback indicated that delighted supporters thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with much laughter heard throughout.
Saturday’s audience for Beauty and the Beast – one of the highest-grossing films of 2017 – was surprisingly small, but patrons very much enjoyed an enchanting story that one felt was even better than the 1991 animated classic. So, Tuesday’s 14:30 screening can be highly recommended as a half term treat. Read More…….
Please note that at least until the end of this month, our Arts Café Bar service will be repositioned due to work to create a new door from this area into the Braithwaite Hall. This is possible despite the Hall’s Grade II listed interior, because the door will be positioned where one existed many years ago. An additional exit, for fire safety reasons, will make it possible to accommodate more people, making a wider range of events viable in this venue.
During this work, we still expect to be able to provide refreshments on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, via a table placed nearby. We also plan to open before Thursday’s 11:00 screening of Twelfth Night. It’s possible that we may have to temporarily move our Box Office at some point, so don’t be alarmed if you come to buy tickets and don’t immediately see it! Read More………
Six consecutive days of screenings at the David Lean in the last week – Friday’s was a charity event – has reinforced the progress made since 2014, when Thursday screenings were less frequently supplemented by others. Last Thursday’s The Handmaiden was notable for being our third consecutive 18 certificate film to attract a capacity audience (following T2 Trainspotting and Elle), providing reassurance that this certificate isn’t a commercial liability.
There’s another opportunity to see A Silent Voice on Tuesday. It’s a must for supporters who have enjoyed Japanese animation such as Your Name, but it should intrigue anyone attracted by “a beguiling film: subtle, sensuous and delicate” (The Guardian). Tickets will be available at our box office. Thursday’s A Quiet Passion, the acclaimed portrait of poet Emily Dickinson, has proved so popular that we must recommend advance booking if you plan to see this; particularly in relation to the almost sold out 14:30pm screening. Read More……
We’ve had another memorable week at the David Lean. In addition to sell out repeat screenings of Viceroy’s House, there was the highly original blend of horror and humour provided by Get Out, which wasn’t quite to everyone’s taste, but most found it very enjoyable. The Salesman offered reflective and absorbing drama, enhanced by the insight it offered into life in Iran. It proved so thought-provoking that discussions continued afterwards at the bus stops opposite the Clocktower!
The two David Lean Cinema volunteer co-ordinators are looking for a third volunteer to share their admin duties, particularly the creation of the monthly schedule of duties for stewards, box office staff and arts bar staff. Read More………….
Responses indicated that our audience found Dancer fascinating on Tuesday. Viceroy’s House on Thursday continued the recent sequence of factual films, inspiring compliments from patrons impressed by the historical insight provided. There are two more screenings on Wednesday, but these are so close to selling out that we must suggest checking our website for availability or returns.
Get Out and The Salesman (both featured below) offer rewarding opportunities in the week ahead, followed by.The Olive Tree – a “quietly stirring Spanish fable” (Variety) – on 9 and 11 May. Please don’t forget that your last chances to see Elle and Hidden Figures are on 8 and 10 May respectively.. Read More……………