I love watching movies but I have not always enjoyed going to the cinema to watch them. All that changed five years ago with the opening of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Northampton. Spacious comfortable seating with a small table at the side of my seat, to rest a drink or some light snacks, plenty of leg room in front to stretch out my legs and a more intimate screening in a smaller cinema, appealed to me immediately and I have not looked back.
I fell in love with the cinema once more and I now regularly visit the Errol Flynn to watch all of my movies, despite having to travel almost fifteen miles for the pleasure. I am told plans are in place to build a screen in my home town of Daventry, so I shall eagerly look forward to that taking place very soon. The Daventry Filmhouse, sounds good!
This is cinema for grown ups! If you have not visited this cinema you should do so very soon, you will not regret it and your cinema experience will be changed forever.
After five years, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is well-established in Northampton town centre and with anticipated future expansion, it was thought now was a good time to rename the cinema. The cinema will become the Northampton Filmhouse from September 2018 and with the increased flexibility of having a second screen, extra film screenings will be added to meet increased demand.
“We are hugely grateful for the support of all our audiences and are immensely proud of everything that we have achieved over the last five years. Audiences and supporters can rest assured that, beyond the name itself, the look and style of the cinema will remain little changed, and the filmhouse will continue to provide a first-class cinema-going experience, showing the very best in world, independent, British and mainstream films, along with live screenings of theatre, ballet and opera events from around the world.”
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse
Brilliant new independent films this season include the dark drama First Reformed, coming-of-age drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post and sweeping Polish romance Cold War.
The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including Ian McEwan adaptation The Children Act, as well as Spike Lee’s political satire BlacKkKlansman. The classics offering is supplemented by a selection of films from the continuing BFI Uprising: The Spirit of ’68 season, this time with a Pop Culture theme. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera.
Over the next three months, the cinema welcomes a selection of top independent movies such as First Reformed, which stars Ethan Hawke and is directed by Paul Schrader, writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. The dark drama follows a pastor (Hawke) grappling with mounting despair brought on by tragedy and worldly concerns.
Passionate love story Cold War comes from Oscar and Cannes award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida). The film follows the love story of a couple from different backgrounds who are fatefully mismatched and is set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.
Coming-of-age drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenage girl who, when forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians, finds a place in an unlikely community. The drama took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and will also be September’s Q-Film screening. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) stars as a widower who starts a band with his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) in Hearts Beat Loud, a heartfelt American musical drama. Hurricane tells the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in the Second World War, using the almost obsolete Hurricane fighter plane.
Other independent releases include The Escape, in which Gemma Arterton gives a stunning performance as a housewife, who, fed up in suburban London, makes a bold decision to leave everything behind and buy a one-way ticket to Paris. The British drama also stars Dominic Cooper. Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) plays a man who has been stuck in a Victorian prison for far too long in Stanley a Man of Variety. When he starts to have hallucinations, a series of characters begin to appear in this one man show. Comedy-drama Madame stars Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel as a wealthy American couple who move into a manor house in Paris and need an extra guest for a luxurious dinner they are hosting. After disguising their loyal maid Maria as a noblewoman, she endears herself to a British art broker sparking a series of unexpected events.
From award-winning British director Daniel Kokotajlo comes religious-drama Apostasy, in which a faithful Jehovah’s witness starts to question the meaning of God’s love after she is forced to shun her own sister due to a religious transgression. Sheridan Smith stars in The More You Ignore Me, a poignant and darkly funny coming-of-age story of dysfunctional family life in 1980s rural England. Based on Jo Brand’s bestselling novel and set to the songs of The Smiths, the film also stars Mark Addy, Sheila Hancock, Ricky Tomlinson and Jo Brand herself.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include tense drama The Children Act, the dramatic tale of an eminent High Court judge (Emma Thompson) who is required to make a complex ruling whilst in a moment of personal crisis. The film is adapted by Ian McEwan from his own best-selling novel. Oscar nominee Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It) directs the social satire BlacKkKlansman, about a pair of police officers, played by John David Washington and Adam Driver, who attempt to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan.
Mysterious horror Hereditary stars Toni Collette as a mother of a grieving family who are haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences after the family matriarch passes away.
Everyone’s favourite superhero family returns in Incredibles 2, the action packed sequel to Oscar-winner The Incredibles, featuring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson. Families can take advantage of a special Summer Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one under 16 ticket for just £13 for screenings of Incredibles 2.
In the heart-warming Disney adventure Christopher Robin, a grown up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) has lost all sense of imagination, leaving Pooh and friends from the Hundred Acre Wood to help him rediscover the joys of life. The film also stars Hayley Atwell and the voices of Toby Jones, Peter Capaldi and Mark Gatiss. Paul Rudd returns in the Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, where he struggles to balance being both a Super Hero and a father and must fight alongside The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) to uncover secrets from their past. The on-sale date for screenings of Christopher Robin and Ant-Man and the Wasp in this season will be confirmed in the near future.
Great new films from around the world include Under the Tree, an award-winning Icelandic black-comedy starring Sigurður Sigurjónsson (Rams) in which a neighbourly dispute in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control. French drama The Apparition sees a journalist, played by Cannes Best Actor winner Vincent Lindon (The Measure of a Man), sent by the Vatican to investigate a young girl who claims to be visited by the Virgin Mary. Premiering at the BFI Flare Film Festival, August’s Q-Film screening is Swiss sporting drama Mario. In the award-winning film, two young footballers fall in love and get caught up between the politics of the game and the politics of love.
A great selection of documentaries includes Spitfire, telling the inspiring story of the plane and people that helped win the Battle of Britain, told in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. In Generation Wealth, award-winning director and artist Lauren Greenfield explores the pathologies that have created the richest society in the world. The Eyes of Orson Welles, directed by Mark Cousins, dives deep into the visual world of the legendary director to reveal a portrait of the artist as he has never been seen before. Three time Oscar-nominee Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) takes viewers on a personal journey with Pope Francis as he sets out to present his work of reform and answers to today’s global questions in Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.
The programme of classic films includes regular Dementia-Friendly screenings. Over the coming weeks there will be an early evening screening of 1980s classic Ghostbusters on Tuesday 21 August. All are welcome but an extra warm welcome will be extended to those living with early onset dementia and their families. The cinema continues to schedule Dementia-Friendly matinee screenings of classic musicals, with the 1944 movie Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, on Tuesday 28 August.
The classics programme continues with a selection of films from BFI Uprising: The Spirit of ’68, with a season of Pop Culture screenings. This UK-wide programme explores the cinema and legacy of 1968, joining the dots between that period and today’s turbulent times. Elvis Presley features in Elvis ’68 Comeback Special, a specially televised comeback from The King after spending years away from music whilst starring in Hollywood films. Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for her portrayal of famed comedienne and entertainer Fanny Brice in the 1968 biopic Funny Girl.
Perhaps the kings of Pop Culture at the time of release in 1968, legendary pop group The Beatles star in the animated hit Yellow Submarine. The final screening in this season is Planet of the Apes, the Oscar-nominated sci-fi starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter.
Other classics include the Oscar-winning comedy The Producers, celebrating its 50th anniversary, in which two producers, played by Max Bialystock and Gene Wilder, attempt to make money by producing a sure-fire flop. Oscar-nominated 1984 sci-fi classic Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, tells the story of three former parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Hugh Grant and James Wilby star in 1987 drama Maurice, from director and writer James Ivory, who this year won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name. Based on the acclaimed novel by E.M. Forster, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. Black comedy Heathers, celebrating its 30th anniversary, stars Winona Ryder as a teen who wants to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, so teams up with a dark sociopath (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, 1949 thriller The Third Man follows a writer who heads to Vienna to clear his dead friend’s name, but all is not as it seems. The Oscar-winning film stars Orson Welles and is screened in conjunction with new documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s programme of event cinema allows audiences to see the best of theatre, opera, dance and music performances from around the world on the big screen in Northampton. Live broadcasts are very popular and are usually programmed further in advance than normal film releases. Cinema-goers can find the most up-to-date details of future live and encore screenings on the website, and advance booking is recommended.
Forthcoming theatre highlights include an encore screening of the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, from London’s Apollo Theatre. Based on a true story, the show won three WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
RSC Live also offers the chance to see the company’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, broadcast live from Stratford upon Avon. NT Live present Julie, a shocking and fiercely relevant contemporary production of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie starring Vanessa Kirby (The Crown). The Met Opera returns with encore screenings of Turandot, the golden production starring Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, and Anthony Mingella’s breathtaking production of Madama Butterfly. Glyndebourne Live continues with Vanessa, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning heart-breaking domestic drama which is seldom performed in the UK. Other music highlights include an encore of Andre Rieu’s Maastricht Concert, which sees the renowned violinist perform with the 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra against the backdrop of Maastricht’s medieval town square.
Tickets for standard film screenings are competitively priced at £9.50 (concessions £8.50) with peak screenings (Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm) costing £10.50 full price (concessions £9.50). Children’s tickets are just £7 at standard screenings and £8 at peak screenings. At Silver Screen matinees, tickets for the over 60s are priced at £7.
There are special, exclusive Parent and Baby screenings, where tickets are £8.50 (baby under one goes free). Tickets for premium screenings of live productions are £17 full price, £15 for concessions and £12 for children, and for most non-live premium screenings, £15, £13 and £11.
All tickets can be booked in advance by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at http://www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com, where full details can be found of the forthcoming programme with dates and times of all screenings.
Audio Description is available on many titles. Details of which films offer this facility (currently only available in Screen 1) can be found on the cinema’s website under access information, updated weekly. Audience members wanting to make use of this service should ask a member of staff for a headset or induction loop. A number of films each month are also shown with descriptive English language subtitles, providing additional auditory information for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The Errol Flynn membership scheme offers great benefits, including three free tickets per member, ticket discounts and great savings on food and drink purchased at Errol Flynn Filmhouse. With a single membership costing £25, and a joint membership available at £40, Errol Flynn Filmhouse membership would make an ideal gift for any film lover.
Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD
Tel: Box Office 01604 624811 / Admin 01604 626222