New season of blockbuster movies at DLWP

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The De La Warr Pavilion’s latest cinema schedule has been published – and the venue looks to have something for the whole family.

Cinema-starved move-goers have reacted positively to the venue’s shift in screening policy which has seen it begin to put on more mainstream films alongside the traditional arty scheduling it has become known for.

And the De La Warr has now revealed four films to be shown later this month and into April.

First up on March 17 at 7.30pm is The Butler (U). It follows the life of Cecil Gaines - sharecropper’s son who grew up in the 1920s as a domestic servant for the white family who casually destroyed his. Eventually striking out on his own, Cecil becomes a hotel valet of such efficiency and discreteness in the 1950s that he becomes a butler in the White House. There, Cecil served numerous US Presidents over the decades as a passive witness of history with the American Civil Rights Movement gaining momentum even as his family has troubles of its own. As his wife, Gloria, struggles with her addictions and his defiant eldest son, Louis, strives for a just world, Cecil must decide whether he should take action in his own. Tickets are £5.

That is followed on March 27 at 7.30pm by the Formula One flick Rush (15). Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula One racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt, and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda. The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error. Tickets for this show are also £5.

The following day, March 28 at the earlier time of 2.30pm, is prehistoric family film The Croods (U). The animated adventure follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave which has always shielded them from danger is destroyed.

Travelling across a spectacular landscape, The Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Tickets for this film are £4.

And last but by no means least, the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland is being shown on April 21 at 2pm – with tickets priced at £4.

The much-loved version of Lewis Carroll’s children’s story sees young Alice follow a white rabbit down a nearby rabbit hole and enter the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland.

Packed with memorable songs and whimsical escapades, Alice’s journey culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards.

Tickets to any of the screenings can be booked online at or by calling 01424 229 111.