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Empire Of Light (15)

Fri 20 Jan 2023 - Thu 02 Feb 2023


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Rated 15


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s


Various (See dates below)

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Empire Of Light (15)

Dir. Sam Mendes
2022 | 119 mins | UK, US
Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth


  • Fri 20 Jan: 3.15pm
  • Fri 20 Jan: 8.45pm
  • Sat 21 Jan: 3pm
  • Sat 21 Jan 8.30pm
  • Sun 22 Jan: 11.45am
  • Sun 22 Jan: 8pm
  • Mon 23 Jan: 2pm
  • Mon 23 Jan: 8pm
  • Tue 24 Jan: 12.15pm
  • Tue 24 Jan: 8.30pm
  • Wed 25 Jan: 2pm – Descriptive Subtitles /Audio Described
  • Wed 25 Jan: 5.15pm
  • Thu 26 Jan: 12.30pm
  • Thu 26 Jan: 7.30pm
  • Fri 27 Jan: 11.45am
  • Fri 27 Jan: 8.45pm
  • Sat 28 Jan: 5.25pm
  • Sun 29 Jan: 4.45pm
  • Mon 30 Jan: 2pm
  • Mon 30 Jan: 8pm
  • Tue 31 Jan: 5.15pm – Descriptive Subtitles /Audio Described
  • Wed 01 Feb: 8pm
  • Thu 02 Feb: 8pm

Following his BAFTA Best Film winner 1917, Sam Mendes returns with this majestic, personal work, set in a 1980s English coastal town. 

Hilary (Olivia Colman) manages a seafront picture palace. Once an opulent multiscreen cinema with a dance hall overlooking the sea, now only one screen remains open, albeit a grand one. In preparation for a regional premiere of Chariots of Fire, Hilary and her colleagues – played by a heavyweight ensemble that includes Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Tom Brooke and Micheal Ward – spruce up the venue. Outside, the town itself is crumbling, with a rising far-right presence and Stephen (Ward) regularly harassed by skinheads. Since his Oscar-winning debut American Beauty, Mendes delivers a stirring ode to the cinema – as a space for collective experience, offering the pleasures and balms of watching films in darkness together.

Listen to the soundtrack, written by Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Rezor and musician-producer Atticus Ross:


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