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Category Archives: Film Club
Christmas Zoom Film Show – Thursday December 17th at 1.30pm
‘Miracle on 34th Street’, American comedy film, released in 1947, that has become a perennial family favourite at Christmastime.
Natalie Wood portrayed Susan Walker, a precocious little girl whose well-meaning mother (played by Maureen O’Hara) has raised her not to believe in Santa Claus. When their lives intersect with that of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), an elderly man hired to play Santa at New York City’s famous Macy’s department store, Susan begins to suspect he may be the real St. Nick. After a jealous fellow employee frames him for an assault, Kringle is placed in a mental hospital. At the ensuing sanity hearing, Kringle and his attorney attempt to prove that he is indeed Santa Claus.
Although the movie was released in the summer, it became a box-office hit and ran in theatres through the holiday season. Its legacy is such that it is regularly aired on television right after Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the store has frequently decorated its windows during the Christmas season with displays based on the film. The popularity of Miracle on 34th Street is due in part to the performances of Gwenn, who won an Academy Award, and Wood.
November Film – Wednesday 25th at 1.30pm
Running Time 1hr. 28 min
Directed by William Wyler. With Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie. The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum. The story of one day in a slum area of New York. Noted gangster, Baby Face Martin, who grew up in the neighbourhood, decides to come home to visit his mother and the girl he left behind.
Wed October 28th: ‘The Good Die Young’
25 members enjoyed time out in our virtual cinema watching a classic British crime thriller about a robbery that went wrong. It was an interesting look back at post war UK in the mid 50’s.
Our next attraction an American Crime Film Noir starring a young Humphrey Bogart
Dead End (1937 film)
Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film directed by William Wyler. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway play of the same name. It stars Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, and Humphrey Bogart. It was the first film appearance of the Dead End Kids. It was nominated for 4 Oscars.
A Film Critics Review: It’s a dead end street in New York that ends at the river. It’s here that a wide assortment of characters from different walks of life come together in a pressure cooker setting. Rich, poor, kind-hearted and hardhearted all come together. In Dead End, a young woman and her teenage brother struggle to survive. An architect works for a better life. A gangster comes home to visit his mother. A well kept woman chooses between love and wealth. The rich and the poor get glimpses of one another’s lives at the water’s edge.
This movie draws us into a unique place and time. It gives us intimate portraits into people’s lives. It makes contrasts and it shows similarities between people. It’s one of a kind and director William Wyler has given us something special here. Sylvia Sidney, Humphrey Bogart, Marjorie Main, Allen Jenkins, the Dead End Kids and Ward Bond give standout performances. The 1930’s atmosphere is palpable. I rate this film 91/100. It’s unique and absorbing.
Showing on the Silver Screen on Wednesday 25th November at 1.30pm
Entry from 1.20pm
There will be a Christmas Film in December date TBA
Here is the latest information to enable you to visit the new local cinema, The ARC, (previously Byron Cinema).
For those of you who are not aware that the ARC is now open, complete with upholstered seats, etc, a full programme of what is on offer can be obtained by visiting its website www.hucknall.arccinema.co.uk
The website shows the films on offer and which one of the 3 screens being used. Parking can be obtained either on the Tram Park ‘n’ Ride (free), Piggins Croft and also the Market Place. Prices for Seniors are £7.75 Most films are shown 2 or 3 times per day. Tickets can be bought either by visiting the Foyer (ticket Machine for cards),at reception or on line or on phone.
Good luck to this new experience in Hucknall and solving the problem of our Byron building here in Hucknall.
For full regular information on dates and times of all films and concerts in and around Nottingham contact Alan Snape, via the form below, to have your e mail address added to his circulation list.
Our New Cinema
I am sure that most of our U3A members are now aware that our new cinema, The ARC, is now open and at a difficult time for cinemas in general. Some of you may be still worried about your safety from the virus in the cinemas, but your fears should be allayed by the fact that the government does not require you to wear face coverings in cinemas. Also seating within the cinema is well spaced out to respect social distancing and sanitisation measures within the cinema are extensive.
In respect of the fact that there are no new films currently being released The Arc have reduced their prices to £6.50 whist having to show slightly older films and calling them Summer Classics.
Films commencing before 5.00 p.m. are £4.50 The listing is as follows:-
1917 showing at 5.00 p.m.
Batman Begins £5.20 p.m.
Dirty Dancing at 5.30 p.m.
Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban at 4.45 p.m.
La La Land at 7.50 p.m.
Matrix Reloaded, The at 8.00 p.m.
Onward at 12.00 and 14.30
Peter Rabbit at 12.30 and 2.30
The Conjuring at 8.15 p.m.
The Lego Movie 2 at 12.05 and 2.45
Lord of The Rings – Fellowship of The Ring at 7.45 p.m.
Trolls World Tour at 12.15 and 2.45
For a full description of each film visit their website at www.hucknall.arccinema.co.uk
Reports received from patrons are that seating is excellent with electric recliner upholstered seats, excellent sound and air conditioning. Refreshments are available including alcohol.
Meerkat Movies – I am still trying to understand this but it appears that if you use “Compare The Market” then you can get a 2-for-1 offer. Meerkat ticket offers can only be purchased from the ticket office in the Foyer. All other tickets can be purchased on line or on the phone.
If going by car the nearest car park is the Park n Ride Tram stop (free) also the Market Place and Piggins Croft.