A Night at the Cinema in the 1960s

Cinema-going in the 1960’s was a very different experience to what we have grown accustomed to in the modern day multiplex era. Dr. Matthew Jones, of De Montfort University Leicester’s Cinema and Television History research centre, has organised an event recreating what a night at the cinema in the 1960s would entail.

The film being shown is Hammer’s One Million Years BC, celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. To recreate the feel of 1960s cinema-going, the event will have usherettes shining torches along the rows, ice-cream being served during an interval from the film along with the National Anthem being played before close down. Along with these touches inside the theatre, Phoenix Cinema (where the event is being held) will be transformed with film posters from the era adding to the feel of a sixties picture house. Actors will be on hand performing, adding to the authenticity of the experience.

People attending the event are being asked to wear vintage clothes from the era to add to the immersive experience, however, this is optional. After the film screening, DJ Drew Stansall (saxophonist with legendary ska band, The Specials) will add to the entertainment of a very special event, which promises to be like no other.

The event takes place on Thursday 3rd March from 6:30pm and is open to everyone. The event is being held at the Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG.

Tickets are available from this link: http://www.phoenix.org.uk/film/one-million-years-b-c/

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