Easthourne fortress to host pop-up cinema evenings

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Children can enjoy two free classic movie screenings at the Redoubt this month as the seafront fortress hosts a pop-up cinema for the weekend on September 26-27.

Part of the Children’s Film Foundation: Weird Adventures series, cult children’s classics ‘Glitterball’ (1977) and the award-winning ‘The Boy Who Turned Yellow’ (1972) will be screened on Saturday 27 September with FREE entry to both films.

The pop-up cinema is part of a nationwide Scalarama event based in heritage sites and unusual venues, which kicks off on Friday 26 September with one of the first true horror films ever made, ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ (1920).

The German expressionist film tells the story of Francis who visits the mysterious Dr Caligari and his somnambulist Cesare at a fair side show and receives a terrifying prediction. The adult screening, which costs £5 per person, also features a live soundtrack performance from Brighton-based band Partial Facsimile, who specialise in live music soundtracks for film.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “The Redoubt is such a fantastic venue for spooky films and cult classics – and the perfect place for children to let their imaginations and creativity run riot!

“Explore the gun platforms afterwards, try on some military uniforms, make some art or follow the museum trail quiz for a great family day out.”

On Saturday, ‘Glitterball’ kicks off the free day of screenings, with the story of two friends who help a tiny stranded, spherical alien, to return back to its mothership, while the army and a devious crook pursue the creature for its wonderful powers.

Following on that day ‘The Boy Who Turned Yellow’ tells the story of John, a day-dreamer who loses his mouse on a school trip at the Tower of London.

Travelling home after a lesson on electricity, a flash causes John and his fellow tube passengers to turn to yellow and a strange adventure ensues as John invades the Tower of London to retrieve his mouse, aided by Nick (short for electronic).

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Philip Ede added, “This combination of sci-fi and mayhem, is a sure fire hit for children, and for grown-ups the Friday night thriller will be a great taster of some of the spooky surprises coming up this autumn!”

The Outpost vintage styled café will be open during all screenings offering popcorn and a licensed bar for cinema-goers.

‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ starts at 7.30pm on Friday 26 September, doors open 7pm and tickets cost £5 per person. The film also marks the start of a spine-chilling Autumn with spooky Twilight Tours returning to the fortress every Saturday evening throughout October.

A double bill of ‘Glitterball’ and ‘The Boy Who Turned Yellow’ begins at 12.30pm on September 27, and entry to the cinema is free. Entry to the military museum costs £4.50 per adult and £2.50 per child.

Places at each screening are limited and both free and charged screenings should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

To book contact the Redoubt Fortress or by telephoning 01323 410300, for more information visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.