Curtains set to open on outdoor cinema – don’t miss out!

August 5, 2015

FILM fans looking to enjoy classic movies played on a huge screen in the great outdoors have only a few days left to purchase their tickets.

The popular outdoor cinema returns to Tamworth’s Castle Grounds park on Saturday August 8 for another summer evening of fun, thrills and spills.

This year audiences are invited to enjoy musical classic Hairspray (2007) and supernatural slasher horror A Nightmare on Elm Street, which will be shown back-to-back throughout the evening.

Picnics and fancy dress costumes are again welcome for the third outdoor cinema event to be hosted by Tamworth Borough Council’s Art & Events team – but anyone hoping to take part in the fun must purchase their tickets in advance as entrance is by ticket only and none will be available on the night.

Singing and dancing will be the order of the day for the crowd-pleasing first film Hairspray, which will be shown at 9.15pm, with gates open from 8.30pm. TCR FM will be on hand to help crowds get into the spirit of the swinging sixties with dance competitions and music.

The 2007 remake of the 1988 classic stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky and Queen Latifah and is one of the most commercially successful musical films of the last decade.

Crowds won’t be able to stop the beat as they are welcomed to the sixties for a romantic and funny story following the adventures of slightly overweight Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad as she auditions for a TV show. She soon discovers an unfair segregation between black and white dancers and embarks upon a battle to achieve equality, while keeping her all-important hair do intact.

Hairspray is rated PG and has a running time of 117 minutes.


The late-night showing couldn’t be more different. Expect to be screaming along to the cult classic A Nightmare on Elm Street as the ultimate bogeyman Freddy Krueger terrorises a group of American teenagers by haunting their dreams; which turn to terrifying and horrific reality.

After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by their parents could be the key to unravelling the mystery, but can she and her boyfriend Glen (a young Johnny Depp in his debut film role) stop the murders before it’s too late?

The 1984 film by Wes Craven was an instant box office success and has spawned a whole genre of films since.

It is rated 18 and the 92-minute screening will begin just before midnight, with gates to open 15 minutes earlier. ID may be requested. Headphones will be provided for A Nightmare on Elm Street, which will be a silent screening.

Previous screenings have attracted more than 1,000 people and it is hoped this year’s showings will be just as popular.

Cinema-goers are invited to take warm blankets and picnics, although food and drink will be on sale during both events. No glass items, gazebos or alcohol are to be taken on site and a licensed bar will be available. Age restrictions apply and bags may be checked on entrance. For further terms and conditions, please visit the Assembly Rooms website at

Tickets are priced at £10 per screening and are available online at, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings. The box office is open until 5pm on Saturday, August 8.