West Side story – tell us what you think

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Sing along West Side Story

Star -crossed lovers Tony and Maria

Star -crossed lovers Tony and Maria

Join Aunty Social for a special sing along screening of West Side Story this May. Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in steamy New York.

You are invited to witness this tragic and exhilarating story of star-crossed lovers Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood), caught in the middle of mounting tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.


The screening is part of the BFI presents: Shakespeare on Film, a spectacular UK-wide series of 300 special screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema. BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film will see multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of must-see filmic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work and special events featuring leading cinematic lights.

The screening of West Side Story will take place at 7:30pm at Odeon Blackpool (Rigby Road), tickets are priced at £5 and are available online or can be bought from the Odeon. Songs will be subtitled for audience participation. With Jerome Robbins’ famous, athletic and exciting dance sequences and the incredible Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim score, it’s Romeo and Juliet retold as a modern musical classic.


For more information on Shakespeare on Film, visit the BFI’s website.

Winter Gardens Film Festival 2016: Volunteers


Fancy getting involved in January 2016? We’re looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles. From technical jobs to focus groups, admin to PR and marketing, why not get involved?

Volunteers will receive free admission to screenings as well as free ‘family & friends’ tickets for selected screenings.  If you are interested then please complete this registration form.

After you submit the form, you’ll receive a link to the Volunteers Facebook group where we will keep you updated.

Winter Gardens Film Festival Preview

The Winter Gardens Trust in association with Aunty Social is hosting a Film Festival preview day on Sunday 2nd November. The event will showcase and promote the development of a new black and white film festival for the town and the first film we’ll be showing is Metropolis, the 1927 sci-fi classic directed by Fritz Lang. 

Metropolis was first screened in Blackpool in the Winter Gardens Pavilion on Sunday 2nd October 1927. In keeping with this, we’ll also be featuring Donald McKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon Leicester Square on the Opera House’s mighty Wurlitzer organ playing the 1927 score which will make the event even more special.

The programme will also include an evening double bill of psychological and supernatural thrillers Rebecca (1940) and The Innocents (1961).

Tickets Prices:

Metropolis, 2pm – £6.00 
Double bill: Rebecca, the Innocents 6pm – £4.00 

Tickets available from the Opera House Box Office.

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Let’s do the Time Warp again!

A rare chance to see the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen of the Opera House.
RHPS header Join Tim Curry as Dr Frank-N-Furter and a cast starring Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf in this ’70s musical smash hit. Sing out loud to your favourite songs and shake a tail feather to The Time Warp. Dust off that corset and get your glad rags on as we’ll have prizes for the best fancy dress!

Tickets are £6 and are available online and from the Winter Gardens box office.

Funds raised in aid of the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social.

So come Up To The Lab and See What’s On The Slab.
I see you shiver with antic……….

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Screening for my valentine

Breakfast at Tiffany's Poster

Pop-up Picturehouse presents a special Valentines Day screening of Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961).  This is a rare chance to see this romantic classic on the big screen at Stanley Park Visitor Centre.

Tickets are £5.00 per person and will include a glass of fizz and chocolates on arrival.
A selection of snacks, drinks and treats will be available.

Tickets available to purchase online at http://valentinesscreen-eorg.eventbrite.com/

A limited number of tickets will also available on the door, so do arrive early!

Aunty at Wordpool October/November 2012

Wordpool 2012 is Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words. The Festival is managed by Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services.Wordpool development and delivery is overseen by the Wordpool Steering Group, which includes representatives from strategic partners, Wordpool volunteers and delivery partners, community organisations, schools and colleges and arts and library staff.

Aunty Social is pleased to be taking part in Wordpool and will be hosting the following events as part of the programme:

Weds 31st October 2012
Halloween Screen: Nosferatu & Frankenstein

A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault.

A rare chance to see two classic horror films:
Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion. To match the atmospheric venue, we are asking you to dress up. Prizes for the best dressed!
Take a look at the event page.

Weds 14th November

An evening with Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Includes a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions with prizes such as pieces of contemporary art and Wordpool goodies. There’s also a bakesale!

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Weds 16th November
31daysinBlackpool (#31days)

A diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter. Take a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweet it using the hashtag #31days. Remember to follow @_AuntySocial_

There’s more information on the event page.


Pop-up Picturehouse: April screening

Aunty’s Pop-up Picturehouse project will be taking a trip back to the 80’s at the film screening this Wednesday evening (6pm, 18th April) at Blackpool Central Library.

So put your hi-tops on and head on down to China Town.  The fortune cookies are on us!

To come to the free screenings, you will need to join the email distribution list (part of the Eventbrite ticket request). For more information, visit the Pop-up Picturehouse Facebook page or go straight to Eventbrite

So are you ready?…We were born ready.


Pop-up Picturehouse: Film screening

Aunty’s Pop-up Picturehouse project will be screening this Wednesday evening (6pm, 21st March) at Blackpool Central Library.

To come to the free screenings, you will need to join the email distribution list (part of the Eventbrite ticket request). For more information, visit the Pop-up Picturehouse Facebook page or go straight to Eventbrite

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission and British Council.


Pop-up Picturehouse: LGBT History Month Film Screenings

Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 15th February and Wednesday 29th February 2012 for our free next film screenings at Blackpool Central Library.

This Month is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) History Month, so we have two screenings of films on LGBT issues.  On the 15th we are very lucky to have two members of the local Trans community hosting a Q & A session after the film.


Refreshments are provided courtesy of the Richmond Fellowship.  Please arrive at 6pm for a prompt start.

For more information on our feature films and to reserve tickets, please visit our Eventbrite or Facebook page.