Winter Gardens Film Festival

Showcasing the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programme for 2020 will be varied, taking in a range of genres from classic musical, comedy, horror, silent classics and contemporary comedy, along with a range of event cinema, workshops, talks, live music and performance.

The main screenings take place in the magnificent Opera House, opened by Jessie Matthews and Sonny Hale in 1939 as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated combination theatres and super cinemas of the pre-war period. There will also be screenings in the Grand Foyer as well as talks and exhibitions in the other Opera House rooms.

Friday and Saturday focus on Black and White films, while Sunday’s and (for 2020) Monday’s programme is based on the theme music and dance on film.

The festival is a partnership project between the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social CIC. 2020 will be its 6th year.

Dates for 2020:

The main festival will take place on:

  • Friday 22

  • Saturday 23

  • Sunday 24, and

  • Monday 25 May 2020

Please note that this is a Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Find out more…

Film Festival website: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk

Facebook Page: WinterGardensFilm

Twitter: @WGFilmFest

Instagram: @wgfilmfest

Lights, camera, action! Volunteer character actors needed for Film Festival opening night

Some Like it Hot – Friday 16 March 2018, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1959 classic Some Like it Hot as the opening night event of the Winter Gardens Film Festival.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event
This event cinema screening takes place in the Grand Foyer of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens. The venue will be set up as a late 1920’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival in the secret speakeasy and a 1920’s style party with a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1920’s nightclub and speakeasy will be based in the Opera House entrance, Cocktail Bar and the Grand Foyer.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script. Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable 1920’s clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the film
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates
You will need to attend a workshop session before the event, we will give you date options after you have signed up.

Show date: Friday 16 March 2018 – 6pm until late

About the film

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Director:Billy Wilder
  • Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.

About the Winter Gardens Film Festival
Since 2014, the Winter Gardens Film Festival has showcased the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 25 January 2018*.

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.
  • This is a callout for people to take part in an immersive live cinema event – it’s not about being in a film!
  • *Due to the large amount of interest, we’ve brought the closing date forward to 25 January 2018.

Britain on Film 2017: Retroscope Photo Gallery

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In summer 2017, we invited you to step back in time and discover a world of archive film showing beautiful, breezy Blackpool through the ages. We had live performances, a deckchair theatre, nifty seaside-themed craft activities, super sideshow performers, parasol parade and penny farthings!

#BritainonFilm #CoastandSeaBlackpool Photos by CJGriffiths Photography

See the full photo album on Facebook

Get involved with Retroscope – volunteer character actors needed

Retroscope – Family Archive Film Day, Saturday 29 July 2017, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a family archive films day as part of the British Film Institute Britain on Film season.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event

Retroscope is a variety of screenings performance and family activities taking place in the Pavilion of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens.

There will be sideshows, promenade theatre, craft activities, deckchair theatre, a dress-up photo studio, a parasol parade, music and lots more.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as visitors to Blackpool through the ages and will be based in the Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe area.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script.

Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable period clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the films
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates:

Workshop sessions (you will need to attend one of these):

  • 6:30pm Thursday 13 July, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 20 July, Winter Gardens

Show date: Saturday 29 July – 10am – 6pm

About Britain on Film

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea is an exciting programme of archive film screening events bringing our coastal heritage to life this summer.

Britain on Film : Coast and Sea is part of Britain on Film, a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film. Unlocking the UK’s film and TV history – our national collection, much of it previously unseen – the season will open up our local histories and provide unprecedented online access to our screen heritage. As part of a major programme of digitisation, which started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017, Britain on Film offers ways to discover, explore and engage with the newly digitised films.

Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.

 

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 16 June 2017.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a fun and exciting BFI project.

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.

Stormy Weather Photo Gallery

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On Friday 9 December, we took a trip back to the 1940s for an event cinema screening of Stormy Weather (1943). We experienced this fabulous film in the atmospheric Grand Foyer of the Winter Gardens, then had a swinging time dancing to the sounds of our live band the Billionaires.

We hope you enjoy these photos by CJ Griffiths photography.

For more Winter Gardens Film Festival events, please visit: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk 

Event cinema: Stormy Weather (1943)

Join us for a trip back to the 1940’s with an event cinema screening of the classic musical Stormy Weather.

For one night only, Blackpool Winter Gardens will be transformed into the Grand Foyer Club, where cocktails and zoot suits are the order of the day! Jive the night away to the swinging sound of our live band the Billionaires.

Ticket prices start at £15

Standard tickets include:

– Entry to the Art Deco cocktail bar with its 1940’s staff and patrons
– Complimentary cocktail
– Cabaret-style table seating at the screening
– Party until late with live swing band and dancing

VIP tickets include all of the above, plus:
– Reserved seating (front row tables)
– Complimentary snack selection
– Vintage-style Winter Gardens souvenirs

So put your glad rags on and get ready to feel film come to life!

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This event is part of the British Film Institute’s Black Star season: the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

Winter Gardens Film Festival 2016: Volunteers

FF LogoFILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER CALLOUT!

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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