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The Odyssey
The Odyssey Cinema opened on the London Road in 2015 and is St Albans' only dedicated cinema. 

It was restored to its original glory by a combination of voluntary donation and investment.
 

What's on at the Odyssey


  • Wed 20 Nov - NT: Fleabag Encore (15)

    12:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 50mWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End, and beaming onto our auditorium as a very special encore screening. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker). Please note: Special Event ticket prices apply for these screenings. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 58min Renee Zellweger gives a career-best performance in her portrayal of fallen Hollywood icon Judy Garland, in Rupert Goold’s biopic, focusing on the last months of her life. By the time Judy arrived in London for a concert run in the West End in 1969 she was a broken woman. Decades living on a diet of barbiturates to help her sleep, amphetamines to get her up, drink to dull the pain and smoking to ease the nerves had finally caught up with her. Financially she was borderline penniless, the result of her former managers’ mismanagement and embezzlement. Add to this an eating disorder, anxiety and critical drubbings in America and it’s fair to say Judy was a physical wreck. Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’ Diary) perfectly captures the tics and mannerisms of Judy’s frail form but also the searing talent that had, and still occasionally did, mesmerise audiences with her unparalleled singing voice and stage presence. Director Goold intercuts scenes from early in Judy’s life, as her innate talent is equally nurtured and exploited, with her last stage show, where we see the result of the normal life she was denied. When she died, she was only 47 years old. Find out more...

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  • Thu 21 Nov - Joker (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 2min Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. After receiving an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice film festival (where it scooped the top prize), Joker brings us the dark origin story of Arthur Fleck, Batman’s nemesis, with another unforgettable performance from Joaquin Phoenix. It’s an unusual choice for Director and co-writer Todd Phillips (best known for directing The Hangover trilogy) both Phillips and Phoenix have been offered work on Marvel films, which they ultimately declined due to lack of interest. For Phoenix, however, this standalone psychological thriller was an attractive prospect – and his work here has the early possibility of an Oscar nod. The cast is rounded out by Robert De Niro as TV host Murray Franklin, Frances Conroy plays Penny Fleck – Arthur’s meek and sickly mother, and Zazie Beetz is Sophie Dumond, a cynical single mother and neighbour to the Fleck’s. Wannabe comedian Arthur Fleck has to literally put on a happy face in his day job as a clown for hire; mostly spinning sale signs outside shops and providing comic relief at a children’s hospital. Phoenix’s portrayal of a social reject who is chewed up and spat out by Gotham City is all too real. A dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h32min***Matinée prices***Matinée prices***Matinée prices*** To prepare you for the latest instalment of the Rambo saga, The Odyssey Cinema takes you back to where it all began with Ted Kotcheff’s classic, First Blood. Sylvester Stallone stars as John J. Rambo, a decorated former Green Beret who won the Congressional Medal of Honor but is haunted by his experiences in Vietnam. He travels to Hope, Washington to visit an old friend but is arrested for vagrancy by the local Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy). After succumbing to escalating abuse in jail from Teasle and his deputies, Rambo snaps and escapes into the surrounding forest, using his combat and survival skills to evade and later hunt down the local police who are now at the mercy of an expert, in his adopted natural habitat. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 500 greatest movies of all-time, First Blood is a landmark action thriller, combining edge of your seat tension with emotional depth and a vastly underrated performance by Stallone as the unstable veteran. Combined with an iconic score by Jerry Goldsmith it’s a cinematic experience you can’t afford to miss and a war you won’t believe. Find out more...

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  • Fri 22 Nov - Rambo: Last Blood (18)

    9:15 PM

    Please note: For this film we will not be running adverts + trailers. The evening’s schedule will start from 9.15pm. Film run time: 1h29min***Matinée prices***Matinée prices***Matinée prices*** Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone blazes back once more in the latest in the Rambo series. John Rambo seems to have found a peaceful life on an isolated horse ranch in Arizona which he co- manages with his old friend Maria (Adriana Barazza) and her granddaughter Gabriele (Yvette Monreal). When Gabriele is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel as she attempts to visit her estranged father, Rambo must confront his past and hone his combat skills as he crosses the border on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and regain the quiet family life which he has always craved. Directed by action veteran Adrian Grunberg (Assistant Director on Apocalypto, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and many episodes of Narcos) and featuring an amazing score by Brian Tyler (Bubba Ho Tep, Iron Man 3), Rambo: Last Blood is a tightly woven tour-de-force, which proves that Stallone, at aged 73! Hasn’t lost any of his chops as he battles his way through this spectacular and deadly journey of bloody vengeance. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 27min From the multiple award-winning team at Aardman Animation comes the long awaited second big screen outing for the loveable Shaun the Sheep. At Mossy Bottom farm, Shaun the Sheep is up to his usual antics whilst being constantly thwarted by the long suffering sheepdog, Bizter. When strange lights start to appear over the quiet town of Mossingham and an alien named LU-LA crash lands near the farm trouble ensues. Shaun seizes the opportunity to befriend the mischievous visitor and sets out on an adventure to re- unite her with her lost spaceship, unaware that a mysterious alien-hunting agency is hot on their tails. With irrepressible slapstick humour, Frisbees, flying saucers, galactic-sized burps and a wonderful smattering of sci-fi references throughout (which can’t be a baa’d thing), Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon is a ‘shear’ delight. So make sure you flock to The Odyssey for the latest adventure on Mossy Bottom Farm with Shaun & his friends, as they attempt to avoid Farmageddon. It’s one small step for lamb, one giant leap for lamb-kind. Find out more...

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  • Sat 23 Nov - The Farewell (S) (PG)

    9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40min Awkwafina leads a poignant yet hilarious, cross-cultural yet universal ensemble piece on family, tradition, and loss. Billi, a Chinese-born would-be-writer, has spent most of her life drifting through New York, but keeps ties to her home through calls to her aging grandmother Nai Nai. When said grandmother is given a fatal diagnosis, her family plans to gather at her side one more time during a family wedding – without ever telling her that she is dying, in the traditional belief that it will spare her pain. Initially let out of the arrangement to avoid revealing the ruse, Billi rushes home to China, intent on doing just that. This becomes harder than anticipated, as love for her family, respect for her homeland, and the farcical complications of wedding planning all intervene. While belonging to a dubious line of culture-clash comedies, writer-director Lulu Wang transcends obvious punchlines in favour of sympathy for all characters, letting the comedy and pathos arise in natural, all-too-recognisable ways. Though the film is deeply rooted in Chinese culture, it captures widely recognisable moods and situations: of being adrift from family and home, of loving and hating them at once, of struggling to let them go. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52min The 60 th anniversary of the Motown label, famed for bringing soul music to the mainstream, is celebrated in this affectionate documentary filled with toe-tapping classics. Taking its name from a portmanteau of Detroit’s nickname ‘Motor Town’, Motown was the brainchild of Barry Gordy, himself working on the Ford assembly line when he had a revelation: “I can do this with people.” He envisioned a production line for talented artists, a kid walks in one door, they are trained to sing, to dance, to dress and given the right material, they leave out the other end a star. The formula was unprecedently successful with such giants as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder attached to the label. As the documentary notes, the label also played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned label that achieved crossover success. When the artists first started to tour, they would find the venues divided by a rope down the centre of the auditorium separating the whites from the blacks. Previously unseen footage, new interviews and songs a-plenty make this an unmissable evening out. Find out more...

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  • Mon 25 Nov - The Peanut Butter Falcon (12A)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37min Zack Gottsagen, a young man with Down’s syndrome leads this this wonderfully stunning, Mark Twain-esque adventure, brought to us by the producers of Little Miss Sunshine. From the confines of his residential care home, Zak (Gottsagen) dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. With a passion for adventure, he makes his escape and sets sail to meet his idol – The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), and the wrestling school where he started out. Along the way, he crosses paths with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a fugitive outlaw who befriends and mentors him on his long and arduous journey. Keeping their faces always towards the sunshine, the unlikely duo cruise along the banks of North Carolina, convincing Zak’s nurse Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) to join in the trail. With an effortlessly human touch, the film explores the back-story of all three characters with insight and compassion whilst maintaining a light-hearted simplicity. But it’s the stellar performance from newcomer Zack Gottsagen who absolutely steals the show in his portrayal of the hopeful wrestler. Find out more...

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  • 12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 2minDestined to be one of the biggest (and politest) film events this year, the immensely popular period drama Downton Abbey gets its inevitable big screen adaption. On our screens between 2010 and 2015, ITV’s Downton Abbey follows the fictional aristocratic family, the Crawley’s, and their many servants, as they lived through events such as the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, and the Irish War of Independence. The film is written by Julian Fellowes (full title: Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), the creator of Downton Abbey, and the writer of Gosford Park. There’s plenty of recurring faces, including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Jim Carter. Andrew Parker exclaims “blimey!” as he receives a note containing the news that the King and Queen intend on visiting Downton Abbey. This causes a big stir among the Crawley’s and their servants. And when the Royals bring their own host of waiting staff, much drama ensues. It’s a return to form, and its all-encompassing storyline plays much like a shinier, more magnificent Christmas special. Find out more...

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  • Tue 26 Nov - For Sama (S) (18)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 40min A moving documentary that provides an exclusive insight into war-torn Syria from the perspective of a woman blessed and burdened with a love for her family and her country. Through raw, diary-style footage, Waad al-Kataeb offers a first-hand account of the horrific reality civilians face in the heart of Aleppo. Spanning across five years, the documentary, which consists of recordings taken from her phone, develops from passive-aggressive protests to streets engulfed by bullets and bombs which make up the battleground of Aleppo in the Syrian Civil war. Al-Kataeb uniquely depicts the transition of how the war has gradually infiltrated and destroyed the daily lives of Syrians. Yet with horror comes hope, and at the forefront is Al- Kataeb’s documentation of her own life, from falling in love with her husband, Dr. Hamza, to the birth of their child Sama. The remarkable Al-Kataeb does not see herself as a filmmaker: her documentation seen as a necessity for evidence of the truth. Al-Kataeb’s collaboration with Emmy award winning film-maker Edward Watts (Escape from ISIS) offers a rare first-hand perspective of the Syrian War and the strength of its civilians. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h23min In Amanda Kramer’s bitingly modern twist on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a birthday party quickly dissolves into chaos when a mysterious natural disaster traps eight teenage girls alone in a house. Ladyworld is a bold and intense psychological thriller, featuring an incredible young female ensemble cast including Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic), Ariela Barer (Atypical), Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man), Odessa Adlon (Nashville), Tatsumi Romano (Sk8r Grrl), Zora Casebere (Critical Thinking) and Atheena Frizzell (The Old Man & The Gun). Kramer choreographs action through striking tableaus that follow the group’s shifting dynamics and the haunting score; built from percussion and a chorus of girlish hoots, build the tension. What at first seems a predictable story becomes surprising, lively with the energy of fresh talent and a prickly modern style. Tasking its eight-strong cast with overtly performing a part in their fractious new underground realm, each representing a different aspect commonly ascribed to femininity. Ladyworld manages to capture the perfect balance between the moments of tension and uneasiness with moments of teenage life. Find out more...

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  • Fri 29 Nov - Mystify: Michael Hutchence (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42min *Recorded Q&A with director Richard Lowenstein and special guests Journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead- singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent much of his life in the public eye. This powerfully intimate and insightful portrait from Richard Lowenstein (the director of the majority of INXS’s music videos) transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. With contributions from his past loves, friends and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’. We see Hutchence’s painful childhood, when he was separated from his little brother, his string of high-profile relationships that brought him into contact with the paparazzi, leading onto the darker moments: a taxi driver robbed him of his sense of smell after punching him. Changing his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing his connection to life. Lowenstein includes tracks by Hutchence contemporary Nick Cave and Warren Ellis from The Bad Seeds provides the elegiac score. In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute. Find out more...

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  • 2:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37min The latest release from DreamWorks Animation – the much-loved creators of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda – collaborate with China’s Pearl Studio’s to take audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure, from the streets of Shanghai to the breath-taking Himalayan snowscapes. When Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai) name him “Everest”, and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on earth. But the trio of friends will have to outsmart Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home. Particularly young viewers will be delighted by the colourful rush, but there’s real value in Yi’s frequent violin solos, which attune the film to a different frequency. This tale perfectly captures the sentimentality we feel for our home; accessible to children young and fully grown up. Find out more...

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  • Sat 30 Nov - After the Wedding (2019) (12A)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h52min An ex-partners daughter’s wedding? An unlikely and uncomfortable situation for most, and one in which Isabel, played by Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman, Manchester By The Sea) finds herself in this melodrama. With her orphanage in India struggling to fund itself, the prospect of a donation of $20 million seems too good to be true, yet too beneficial to turn down. The benefactor is played by the Oscar-winning Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Gloria Bell); Theresa is a self-made multi- millionaire with more intentions than meets the eye. Isabel is invited to New York from Kolkata, and subsequently to the wedding. The suspense and drama is as the title suggests, after the wedding, unveiling that the two have more similarities than their economic disparities suggest. A remake of the 2006 Danish drama of the same name, the films screenplay is adapted and directed by Bart Freundlich, Moore’s husband in real life. It is not the first time the duo have collaborated, and in this version, Freundlich changes the protagonists’ genders to create a story which usurps expectations and questions motherhood and morality.  Expect twists, tears and tension.  Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 41minsWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. The latest from Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, I, Daniel Blake) and long-term collaborator writer Paul Laverty, continue in their tradition of socially motivated, political filmmaking. Ricky (Kris Hitchen) is an ex-tradesman, hired by a freelance delivery service while his wife Abby (Debbie Honeywood) cares for the elderly on a zero-hours contract. As their son becomes involved in anti-social behaviour and Ricky’s job proves increasingly untenable, the family is pushed to its limits. Fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. Sorry We Missed You is already being compared to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, partly thanks to Loach’s commitment to off-the-record interviews with people working in the service economy to ensure he could draw up the most realistic picture possible. This is both a powerful indictment of the changing world of work in modern Britain, and an intimate portrayal of one family’s struggle within it. Find out more...

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  • Mon 02 Dec - Official Secrets (15)

    12:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52minWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. Keira Knightley and the director of Eye in the Sky bring a true, timely, and thrilling true story of national corruption and the dangers of exposing it. In 2003, government translator Katharine Gunn (Knightley) is frustrated at Britain’s slide towards war with Iraq, clearly seeing that it cannot be justified. A chance to act arrives when she receives an email from American espionage, asking for help from the UK in blackmailing diplomats into agreeing to the invasion. Furious at this international breach of ethics, she leaks the document to the press, leading to a mass outcry. Potential reprisals against her colleagues oblige Katharine to reveal her role in the whistleblowing, even as its cost to herself and her loved ones becomes clear. Knightley excels as a government pawn put under immense pressure for an act of defiance, displaying both the necessary courage and vulnerability without ever upending the film’s realism through grandstanding. Likewise, director Gavin Hood does not distort the facts with melodrama but allows the power of the real story to shine through: one that is exciting as any vintage political thriller, but, in a time of deception on a mass scale, also immensely relevant. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 23minsWhat happens when you place a 135-million-record selling artist in a 100-year-old barn, with a small orchestra, backing singers, and a few close friends for an audience? You get Bruce Springsteen’s captivating and stunningly cinematic hybrid concert documentary and memoir – Western Stars. Resolved that he would not be taking this, his nineteenth studio album on tour, Springsteen – collaborating with co-director Thom Zimny, opted instead to produce a feature-length film as a means of bringing the live experience to music lovers across the world. Following on from Springsteen on Broadway, and Blinded By The Light, proving that when it comes to having Bruce on our screens, it’s a case of the more the merrier. The performance was filmed over two nights in an historic barn on Springsteen’s New Jersey property, which he says is “filled with the best kinds of ghosts and spirits”. The album and the film are conceptual, with Springsteen embodying a fictional, fading Western B-Movie level star. Springsteen’s reflections in between songs “end up being these meditations, these little tone poems that lead people into a deeper understanding of the music.” Don’t miss The Boss in finest form. Find out more...

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  • Fri 06 Dec - Doctor Sleep (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 32mins The much anticipated and long awaited sequel to the classic, The Shining is finally here at The Odyssey this December. Ewan McGregor plays a now-adult Danny Torrance who has finally settled down in a New Hampshire community after years of drifting, haunted by the fateful events at The Overlook Hotel 40 years ago. Working at a nursing home, he meets a young girl named Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran) who has used her extra-sensory “Shining” powers to seek him out for help against the sinister cult leader Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot who feed from the “shine” of innocents to fuel their quest for immortality. Equal parts King and Kubrick, director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Oculus) pays homage to Kubrick’s 1980 classic whilst managing to stay true to Stephen King’s original vision (King famously hated the Kubrick film). Fans of both will not be disappointed as Doctor Sleep finely balances the difficult job of adapting King’s novel whilst successfully adding to the lore of what is rightly considered an untouchable classic of the horror genre. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 3h 29minsWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci make up the Hollywood holy trinity in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of WWII veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Brilliantly scripted by Steven Zaillian, this is a faithful adaptation of an amazing book, originally published as I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt – based on five years of conversations with the real Frank Sheeran, towards the end of his life, in which he spoke about his involvement in decades of organised crime, both with the Mafia and with the Teamsters union, led by Jimmy Hoffa (played by a relentlessly captivating Al Pacino). In this, Scorsese’s first ever collaboration with Al Pacino, the film has been heralded as a late-career masterpiece. Over the course of three-and-a-half hours, it creates a rich, troubling, transfixing tableau of America at a time when the Mafia’s influence reached high and low. At 76, Scorsese proves he’s still got enough in the tank for one last love letter to mob life. Find out more...

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  • Sun 08 Dec - The Aeronauts (PG)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 41minsFelicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne have joined forces again, after their electrifying on-screen chemistry in the biopic, The Theory of Everything. While Redmayne previously took centre stage as Professor Stephen Hawking, The Aeronauts allows Felicity to shine at her absolute best as daredevil Pilot Amelia Wren. They are joined by Himesh Patel (Yesterday) and Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) in this breathless adventure story. Inspired by real events, the film is based on an amalgam of the flights detailed in Richard Holmes’ 2013 book Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air. In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their perilous ascent reduces their chances of survival, the unlikely duo soon discover things about themselves — and each other — that help both of them find their place in the world. Directed by Tom Harper, best known for his work on Wild Rose, Peaky Blinders and the TV mini-series War & Peace. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 49minWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. Directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Mr Holmes) this Hitchcockian tale of double-crossings and duplicity has more twists than a snake with an itch. It is a well-known fact that people are never 100% honest about themselves in online dating profiles, be it a slightly more flattering photo from a few years ago, a bolstered resumé, or a feigned interest in physical activity. However, roguish old charmer Roy Courtnay (Ian Mckellen) has more to hide than most with his courtship of millionaire widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren). “You bloody bet I’m going to take it all.” Confesses Roy to his partner in crime Vincent (Jim Carter, Downton Abbey) as they plan Roy’s attempt to worm his way into her affections. But all is not necessarily what it seems and perhaps Betty is not the only one being deceived. Delightfully over the top, with more than a hint of the Patricia Highsmith, the two leads are clearly having the time of their lives sparking off each other in this delicious contemporary thriller that will leave you guessing until the last reel. Find out more...

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  • Thu 12 Dec - The Last Black Man in SF (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 1min Combining a resonant true story of modern urban life with luminous visual artistry, Joe Talbot’s debut and Sundance success is certain to invite awards prestige. Rootless young man Jimmie Fails drifts around San Francisco with his playwright friend Mont, watching the city become developed to the point of disappearing and fought over by those who love it. A chance to connect with the richer, less alien past comes when the immaculate Victorian house Jimmie grew up in becomes empty during a bureaucratically convoluted change of ownership. Jimmie and Mont relish the chance to reclaim their time and place and share it with their neighbours, but the idyll cannot last, and reconciling the different sides and stories of the city becomes more pressing than ever. Based on the real experiences of its star and writers, Talbot and Fails illuminate the all-too-relevant struggles of preserving meaning and identity in a vanishing home with a lyrical, kinetic sense of style. Neither a flat slice of realism nor an airy aesthetic exercise, the film shines with a belief in art’s power to revive faded histories and unite fractured societies. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 32minsMatt Damon and Christian Bale drive the historic racing battle between Ford and Ferrari, a war of fiercely powerful cars and equally fierce egos. Despite dominating the market for ordinary cars, Ford struggled in the world of endurance racing, facing humiliation from the much smaller but more glamorous Ferrari. Unable to buy them out, it instead recruited a brilliant but unstable creative team to beat them at their own game. This was spearheaded by Carroll Shelby (Damon), a racer forced from the track by poor health and channelling his energy into creative work, and Ken Miles (Bale), a British driver and former tank-commander with an uncanny instinct for cars, and no patience with suits. With just 90 days to build an unbeatable car for the 24-hour race in Le Mans, the team faced fierce opposition from abroad, its company, and within. Helmed by action and biopic master James Mangold and co-written by feted playwright Jez Butterworth, the film excels in depicting both the riveting spectacle of motorsports and the internal dynamics of the minds behind it. Though a prestigious biopic and a classic underdog sports story, it transcends cliché. We are thrilled to welcome Robin Donovan, local St Albans resident to introduce our screening on Friday 13th at 7.30pm. Robin is one of only a few Brit’s to have competed in this legendary race an incredible 14 times and will share his experience and knowledge about all things ‘Le Mans’. Find out more...

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  • Sat 14 Dec - Home Alone (1990) (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 42m Tis’ the season to be jolly and come see one of the most beloved family Christmas films on the big screen. 8-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is sent up to sleep in the attic the night before a family Christmas vacation to Paris, but in the morning, they accidentally leave without him! Believing his wish for his family to disappear has come true, Kevin begins to live the life of luxury and ultimate freedom; that is until two con men (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) attempt to burgle his family home on Christmas Eve. Kevin decides he must defend his house from the baddies and creates the ultimate booby-trapped house, to bring the burglars to justice. After a diet of junk food and mob movies Kevin seamlessly adapts to the task at hand and convinces us that an 8-year-old could create the glorious traps that he does. Writer John Hughes had written the role for Culkin after they’d worked together on Uncle Buck, however, director Chris Columbus wanted to audition other kids first. After a few auditions he realised – only Culkin could play this role. "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal." Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 7m It’s that time of year again! The Odyssey brings our annual screening of the much beloved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Li… wait no… It’s Die Hard! Heavily armed terrorists have seized the Nakatomi tower building in LA, taken hostages and declared war but they haven’t counted on one thing, an off-duty cop who has been caught in the building. He’s alone, he’s tired and he’s the only chance anyone has. Bruce Willis plays New York City detective John McClane, who has arrived in LA to spend the holiday with his estranged wife. But as her office Christmas party is overrun with terrorists and hostages are taken, he slips away unnoticed. Armed with only his wits and a service revolver, he wages a one man war and proves that he is harder to kill than they expected. Directed by John McTiernan and featuring a career defining performance by the late, great Alan Rickman as the terrorist Hans Gruber. Die Hard is one of the greatest action films ever made and the ideal Christmas adventure to stuff your stocking with. Merry Christmas, and a Yippee-Ki-Yay… Find out more...

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  • Sun 15 Dec - Elf (2003) (PG)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 33m There’s good reason that Elf tops so many people’s favourite Christmas film lists. The Will Ferrell-starring caper is still a hoot, 16 years later. Ferrell is Buddy, a human who has been raised as an elf in Santa’s Grotto. Being so enormous next to his elven colleagues, he struggles to keep up with the toy-making pace, and eventually decides to leave the North Pole, and seek out his real family. Things get hairy when he discovers his biological father in New York, a city that spectacularly fails at robbing Buddy of his childlike innocence. He falls for toy-store employee Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), a staunch lover of elf culture. Transitioning to Big Apple life aside, our hero must also solve a seasonal crisis, when Santa is unable to deliver presents due to a huge lack of the Christmas cheer that he needs to power his sleigh. Get down to The Odyssey for this yuletide remedy and discover your inner elf. Find out more...

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  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1hr 55m Now 65 years old, Irving Berlin’s perennially amiable festive musical returns to The Odyssey this December. After one saves the life of the other in the last days of WWII, army friends Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye) combine their talents to become famous musical performers, before eventually flagging from demand and repetition. Before long, two meetings en-route to a wintry inn in Vermont revive their interest: first with the Haynes Sisters, two musically talented siblings (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen), and then a reunion with their beloved former general (Dean Jagger); now the inn’s owner, who is losing business due to a lack of snow. Eager to save their old overseer and each becoming further entangled with the Haynes Sisters, the pair pool their theatrical resources to put on a musical spectacular at the inn, hoping to reunite the general with his other faithful subordinates and save his business. The film’s sentimental and undemanding story does not detract from Berlin’s excellent musical numbers (including the famous title song) and the vivid Technicolor cinematography. White Christmas provides warmth and cosiness in no small measure. Find out more...

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  • Sun 15 Dec - Gremlins (1984) (12A)

    8:50 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 106mThis Christmas, we have a special surprise package for you! It’s cute and friendly, so long as you make sure you keep it away from bright lights, water … and whatever you do, don’t feed it after midnight! Inventor Randall Peltzer is searching for a Christmas present for his teenage son Billy and he finally finds what he’s looking for in an old curiosity shop in Chinatown. It’s a new pet Mogwai named Gizmo. Billy is told the rules about looking after his new companion, but rules are unfortunately made to be broken. Before long Kingston Falls is overrun by a horde of mischievous, malevolent Gremlins bringing their own brand of festive mayhem to the quiet sleepy town and only Billy and Gizmo can stop them. Directed by Joe Dante (The Howling, InnerSpace, The ‘Burbs) and written by Chris Columbus (The Goonies, Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). Gremlins is the perfect alternative Christmas treat that’ll make you laugh as often as you’ll be hiding behind the cushions. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42 mins Beautiful, feral, confounding, hallucinatory, unsettling, enticing – all these and more, Monos, from director Alejandro Landes, proves to be a film that deftly eludes categorisation. High on a mountain in remote part of South America a prisoner of war is being guarded by a group of child soldiers. They play games, train, dance, flirt with each other and fight boredom as they await further instructions. However, they are mostly excited by the arrival of a cow called Shakira, which they are to care for and milk. As a society operating without the influence of the outside world, the children of Monos have started to develop their own rituals and traditions, and divisions within the group are evident even before an attack forces the kids to flee into the jungle. Influenced by Apocalypse Now but tonally somewhere between Aguirre, Wrath of God and Lord of The Flies, Monos manages to stand as its own unique beast. The title has a double meaning, referring both to the Spanish word for monkey and the Greek word for alone. An immersive percussive score by Mica Levi (who also did the music for Under the Skin and Jackie) adds to the claustrophobia. Find out more...

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  • Wed 18 Dec - Love Actually (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 9mins Christmas candy confection rarely comes sweeter than Richard Curtis’ festive chocolate box assortment, collectively known as Love Actually. Love, as Andy Williams once sang, is a many splendored thing, and in the ten occasionally interlocking stories that make up this warm hug of a film we get to see many different forms of love, be it work place romances (Martin Freeman and Joanna Page), the love of a parent for their child (Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster), holiday romances (Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz) or merely old friendships (Bill Nighy and Gregor Fisher). Set in a London so beautifully shot that it’s almost a character in its own right, Curtis’ directorial debut plays-out over the five-week run up to Christmas. However, like all the best desserts, a little bit of sharp is needed to balance out the sweet. So in between the warm and fuzzy moments there are some genuinely heart-breaking scenes too, which all just add to the richness of the concoction. A modern-day Christmas staple. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 3h 9minsFeaturing a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Based on Carlo Goldoni’s classic 18th century play The Servant of Two Masters, Richard Bean has transformed this comedy into a delirious English carry-on set in Brighton in 1963. Chaotic scenes and dialogue will leave you helpless with hilarity, the cast enjoying themselves as much as the audience with a script full of wisecracks, sight gags, and fiendish moments of audience participation. Presiding over the mayhem is Corden as Francis Henshall, a cheeky young lad who finds himself at the mercy of two bosses. Conversing with the audience as if huddled in the local pub, he stumbles clumsily about the stage while catching peanuts in his mouth and at one absurdly amusing bit turns on himself in an identity crisis. This however, is far from a one-man show. Oliver Chris excels as a demented boarding school toff, while Jemima Rooper is hugely engaging as the heroine – disguised as her nefarious twin brother. Daniel Rigby is superb as a self-aggrandising actor, while Suzie Toase brings a humorous warmth to the stage as Dolly, the woman who falls for Henshall’s curvesome charms. Please note: Special Event ticket prices apply for these screenings. Find out more...

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  • Fri 20 Dec - Last Christmas (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 43mins The most wonderful time of the year is finally here and this is the film to get you into the spirit of Christmas – with a generous dash of George Michael’s greatest hits. After being given a second chance at life, Kate (Emilia Clarke) finds herself stumbling through her mid-twenties, as a veteran couch-surfer whose habit of imposing on friends, until their patience runs out is – illustrated by a series of wincingly funny events. Kate has also a true gift of disappointing her unimpressed boss (Michelle Yeoh) at the Christmas shop where she works as the most unexcited and cynical elf ever. Her bad luck changes when she meets Tom (Henry Golding), the handsome, impossibly wholesome and overtly mysterious man she quickly finds herself falling for. With an impeccable cue for Kate’s imminent disasters, Tom swoops in and shows her an unexpected path with a little bit of “Faith”. Written by Emma Thompson (who also plays Clarke’s mother in the film), directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and with a cast that is impossible to resist, Last Christmas is the perfect opportunity to grab a cup of mulled wine and get cosy with your loved ones this December. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 41minsDespite being less than 20 years old, Ron Howard and Jim Carrey’s take on Dr Seuss’s beloved story has already become a holiday favourite. As the cheerfully inane Whos of Whoville scramble to outdo each other in celebrating Christmas, the brilliantly sour Grinch (Carrey) sulks in his mountain-cave lair, driven well past distraction by the light and noise and with only his hapless dog Max for company. Pushed to the breaking point after years of exile and humiliation, he vows to pillage Christmas from the town entirely, hijacking Santa’s role and stealing every trace of the celebration. At the same time, however, guileless six-year-old Cindy Lou Who learns the Grinch’s true nature and sets out to show him and Whoville the real value of the holiday. Faithfully replicating both the colourful curving visuals and warm seasonal sentiment of the original story, the film stands out through its take on the title character, an unforgettable mix of uncanny monster makeup and Carrey’s mercurial comic energy. Reportedly, combining the two was such an agonising process that Carrey relied on the soothing tones of the Bee Gees to help him through the filming process. Find out more...

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  • Sun 22 Dec - The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (U)

    12:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Run time: 1h 29mWhile it might not be the image Dickens originally had for his novel A Christmas Carol, Jim Henson’s lovable Muppets retelling of the classic tale is one of the most recognised and adored. Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who couldn’t care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. As he returns home on Christmas Eve filled with hate and anger, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and what he has done, and what he will do is laid out in front of him. Somehow Michael Caine manages to play Scrooge incredibly straight faced and glum surrounded by everyone’s favourite fuzzy felt puppets, in this funny, heart-warming and musical adaption directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson. Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all your favourite Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Find out more...

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  • 5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2hr 11m Come and see the most beloved Christmas film of all time at The Odyssey. As the film begins on a cold and snowy Christmas Eve the camera drifts from one household to another as the townsfolk of the small town of Bedford Falls are saying their evening prayers. And almost in unison they pray for one thing: to please keep George Bailey safe. Not that they could know it, but far above, their prayers are being heard. So begins the story of It’s A Wonderful Life. The tale of an angel called Clarence (Henry Travers) who is sent to save the life of a man who thinks he has run out of options. Clarence’s job will be to show George (James Stewart) that his life had meaning and value even if it wasn’t filled with the successes that George had hoped for. Frank Capra’s film, above all else, is about decency. That doing the best for others can be its own reward. And what could be a better message for Christmas than that? Find out more...

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  • Sun 22 Dec - Scrooged (1988) (PG)

    8:50 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 37minsThe immortal classic, A Christmas Carol is given a modern makeover in this off-beat Christmas classic from director Richard Donner (The Goonies, Superman). Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, the ruthless, callous president of the IBC television network who is planning a big budget live retelling of the classic tale of “Scrooge”. But on Christmas Eve, he is thrown into a supernatural time warp as he is visited by a gruff, cigar-chomping Ghost of Christmas Past, an angelic but hilariously violent Ghost of Christmas Present and finally the towering, hooded Ghost of Christmas Future to scare the Dickens out of him in an attempt to make him change his ways. Co-starring Karen Allen, David Johansen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robert Mitchum, a scene stealing Carol Kane and a host of celebrity camoes. Scrooged is a hilarious supernatural comedy which boasts an amazing soundtrack by Danny Elfman and will be sure to warm the hearts of even the coldest Christmas cynic. Find out more...

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  • 1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 43mins Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom. Veteran voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their greatly loved roles from 2013’s Frozen, with new recruits including Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Matthews. Those who loved the original will be delighted to hear the Academy Award-winning team Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are back at the director’s helm. Alongside them are Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez back with more catchy songs for you to belt out. It’s grown into a more emotionally mature story, continuing everything you love about the first movie and upping the ante while maintaining the intimacy of the original. Gorgeous animation, wonderful new characters and (FINALLY) a Kristoff song! Find out more...

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  • Fri 27 Dec - Singin’ in the Rain (1952) (U)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 43min Gene Kelly’s classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain continues to mesmerise audiences. Follow us on this whimsical journey into the dazzling spectacle of Hollywood’s Golden Age, almost 70 years since its release. Centring on a trio of actors Don, Kathy and Cosmo (Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor) attempting to save a disastrous period drama by turning it into a musical, whilst also demonstrating to us the changeover from silent pictures to talkies which occurred in the 1920s. Of course it’s about romance – as most musicals are! – but it’s also about the film industry going through its bumpy transition. The film still pulses with life; in a movie about making movies, you can really sense the joy they had making it. How better to describe it than with Gene Kelly’s famous reply on how he was going to approach the song and dance centrepiece of Singin’ In The Rain: “It’s going to be raining and I’m going to be singing. I’m going to have a glorious feeling and I’m going to be happy again.” Find out more...

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  • 3:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 25min Before the arrival of its Spielberg-directed successor next year, revisit the first, Oscar-winning film of the game-changing 60s musical. Shifting the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to the racially tense neighbourhoods of Manhattan, the story follows star-crossed lovers Tony (Richard Beymer), valued member of the white American Jet gang, and Maria (Natalie Wood), connected by blood to the Puerto-Rican Shark gang. Both long to escape their violent, suffocating surroundings together, but this is made harder by the increasingly vicious power-struggles between their families, who in turn face the aggression of the police. Already a huge success on Broadway, the film shows how the musical electrified its form in every department: Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim combine a classic love story with a witty, still-modern treatment of social issues, animated by Leonard Bernstein’s thrillingly inventive score. Most amazingly, Jerome Robbins transferred his own choreography to the actual streets of New York, creating a style that seamlessly fused raw urban aggression with artful balletic precision. The result is a film musical unlike any other, charged with palpable danger and energy offset by a tender and melodious romance. Find out more...

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  • Sun 29 Dec - Umbrellas of Cherbourg (S) (+ i) (PG)

    8:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 29mins Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. Over half a century after its initial release, Jacques Demy’s transcendentally gorgeous musical remains timeless. In a French port town during the late 50s, umbrella salesgirl Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) and auto-mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) are deeply in love, and inseparable. Military service for Guy and struggling business for Geneviève test this, and each one vows to wait for the other – but life has many ways of interfering. On paper, the story may seem insubstantial, but Demy and composer Michel Legrand quite literally make it sing: every word of the film is sung without the least hint of awkwardness, giving even the most mundane situation a lyrical magic. At the same time, the film does not neglect realism, showing an unusually great emotional maturity in its plot and characters and grounding every song in a recognisably human world. Likewise, the photography captures tangible urban locations in a vividly colourful but not prettified light. Demy’s film does not deny the uplifting fantasy of the movie musical or the crushing reality of real life, but blends both together in a captivating way, creating a masterpiece unlike any other. The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium. Find out more...

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  • 7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 3hDirected by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream builds on the explosive success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar in 2018. A feuding forest King and Queen chance upon four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors rehearsing a play. As a quarrel between them intensifies, the enchanted royal couple meddle with mortals, administering their magic with dark but hilarious consequences. The Bridge Theatre transforms into a hazy delusion of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlit revellers, enveloped by the meandering audience pursuing the amusements on foot. The abundance of creativity exhibited in the fabrication of the show uses music, dance and stagecraft to create a vision of transgressive passion, realised with technical wizardry.  Bunny Christie’s set boasts airborne beds and soaring silk swings, while Arlene Phillips and Lennin Nelson-McClure create eye-catching gymnastics and ear-nibbling, high-wire antics as Movement Director and Circus Captain. This irreverent interpretation has the atmosphere of a party, creating a sense of mischief that spreads like a giant smile. Poking fun at the vogue for immersive theatre, the genre’s potential for delirious disarray is embraced to provoke a playful charm – perfect for the festive season! Please note: Special Event ticket prices apply for these screenings. Find out more...

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  • Tue 31 Dec - Tommy (1975) (15)

    5:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 46mins The Odyssey ends the year with Ken Russell and The Who’s visionary rock fantasia. Based on their landmark album, the story follows a child traumatised by seeing the death of his father and who completely retreats inside himself, shutting down all sense of the outside world. After years of neglect, he eventually finds an outlet in pinball, showing an uncanny brilliance for it and becoming a national celebrity. After clashing with his mother, Tommy eventually awakens to an enlightened status, and vows to convert the world to his obscure beliefs. Never stopping to question the bizarre story, Russell and The Who electrify every moment of it with a pulsating, evocative soundtrack, and overlay it with magnetically surreal imagery. Despite largely being filmed in Portsmouth, there is no trace of British realism or restraint: highlights include a television erupting baked beans and a neon-lit pinball battle with Elton John in giant boots. On its original release, a special sound system was devised to make it even more powerful, but the film is so relentlessly rousing in every aspect that it hardly requires it. Find out more...

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