A timeless crowd-pleaser and a classic horror film are expected to draw big crowds to Tamworth’s second outdoor cinema screening.
Last year’s first-ever outdoor film show, which saw the Castle Grounds transformed into a huge outdoor cinema, was a huge hit. A sell-out crowd of 850 came along to
feelgood family favourite Mamma Mia, while 300 donned stockings and suspenders for a late-night showing of cult classis, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The screenings were such a success that Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team has decided to repeat the experience on Saturday August 2.
This time, the audience for the earlier screening will be transported to RydellHigh School in 1950s America for all-time favourite Grease. Then, as midnight approaches, it’s time for a late-night ‘screaming’, with a showing of slasher horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.
This year, the screenings will be moved from the Lower Lawn to the Pleasure Grounds on the opposite side of the river.
Grease will be screened at 9.15pm, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre starting at 11.45. Audiences are invited to bring picnics and warm blankets to both screenings. Gates open 15 minutes before each screening. Food and drink will be on sale during the event, and there will be a licensed bar.
Entrance to both screenings is by ticket only. Demand is expected to be high, so anyone who wants to join in the fun is being urged to buy tickets early.
Tickets are £10 for each screening (£8 for concessions) and must be bought in advance. They are available online at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618.
Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard, said: “When we trialled last year’s outdoor cinema screenings, we said that if people want this to be a regular event there has to be a good public take up.
“We are delighted that last year was such a great success and we had so much positive feedback from the people who came along, so therefore we decided to do it again this year. I would encourage those planning to go to the outdoor film screenings to book their tickets as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out.”