Grand, Cinema as silent horror stalks the park

Atmospheric location for screenings – and possible screamings – later this month

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 15th August 2015, 9:00 am

The Dukes will return to Williamson Park this summer with a season of outdoor film screenings.

No sooner has Oliver twisted off into the sunset (the Lancaster theatre’s prom production ends Saturday night) than his place is taken by a quartet of big screen classics.

The magic of cinema can be experienced in the atmospheric Dell from August 19-22 at 8.30pm.

This special series of screenings follows Duke’s successful debut in the park three years ago.

The 2015 outdoor season kicks off on August 19 with Cinema Paradiso(PG), a love letter to filmmaking and the joys of the silver screen.

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when he fell in love with films at his village’s cinema and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist.

Brave film fans should be prepared to be scared when It Follows(15) is screened on August 20.

Grand Budapest hotel

For 19-year-old Jay, autumn should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after spending the night with her boyfriend, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone or something, is following her.

Another haunting classic – and a landmark of silent cinema - Nosferatu(PG) is an iconic take on the story of Dracula.The film, on August 21, is to be accompanied by a live score, composed and performed by Lancaster-based duo Lee Affen and Ric Smithson.

The season concludes with Wes Anderson’s Academy Award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel(15).

Ralph Fiennes stars as a legendary concierge who, along with his new lobby boy, finds himself on the run after a favoured guest bequeaths him a priceless painting.

Cinema Paradiso

Tickets for each film are priced £10/£9 concessions (a £1 per transaction fee applies to online bookings).

For more information or to book, call The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or online at