Big screen hits at DLWP back by public demand

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3

Film at the De La Warr Pavilion is here to stay thanks to audience response to Cinema Nights this summer.

The new season kicks off with Oscar heavyweight Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln under the direction of movie maestro Stephen Spielberg.

Other showings will include Quentin Tarentino’s Django Unchained and Baz Lurhmann’s Great Gatsby.

DLWP’s David Rhodes said: “The first season was funded by Creative England and that was a pilot to test whether cinema was viable and see if there was an audience for good quality mainstream recent films.

“It was a resounding success.

“Not only was it commercially viable but we were also touched by the incredible response from local people. We had also intended that the new film season would establish the Pavilion as a comfortable and welcome evening venue. Cinema has now become a strand in our programme, and we are able to do this because of local people’s support, which is great.”

The upcoming film showings are on the DLWP website beginning with Lincoln on Tuesday September 24 and ends with the entertaining romp into Liberace’s life, Behind the Candleabra, on Tuesday December 5, as a precursor to the Christmas season.

David added: “The response we have had is what we hoped for but it exceeded all of our expectations.

“Les Miserables sold 500 tickets - in fact it was a sell-out and we had to stop selling tickets for it. Skyfall sold over 400, Argo was approaching 400, and Quartet was also massively popular. We found showing films like Untouchable, which was more left field, was not economical. So now we are sticking to good quality film that has had good reviews, popular but well acclaimed, nothing too niche.

“As this is our new strand, we see it as enriching our programme at the DLWP. And we did a survey or our visitors which found something like a 70 percent crossover audience between cinema and our exhibition, with people coming to see a film but also interested in seeing a challenging exhibition.”

Song For Marion will be shown on Thursday October 3, followed by others such as Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness.

For times and to book contact the DLWP on 01424 229111 or email