Preview: Scalarama Nottingham 2017

Words: Ashley Carter
Monday 28 August 2017
reading time: min, words

Regularly one of the most active cities in the country, Nottingham's plans for this year's Scalarama look even better than ever... 


The month-long nationwide celebration of all things film is back for another year of weird and wonderful screenings and, as always, Nottingham is leading the way. Kicking off with an opening party with short film screenings at Blend Coffee Shop in Sneinton on Saturday, September 2nd at 8pm, here’s some of the highlights that you’ve got in store for the month:

Saturday, September 9th

You cocky cock! You'll pay for your crimes against humanity!

Film: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Location: Toast Bar, The National Videogame Arcade

Time: 7pm ‘til late

Host: Fortune & Glory Film Club

Tickets: £8.00

Nottingham’s contribution to Scalarama 2017 kicks off with Edgar Wright’s 2010 action comedy at the Toast Bar, National Videogame Arcade. Hosted by Fortune & Glory Film Club, the screening will include goody bags full of interactive surprises to use throughout the film, themed costumes and drinking games.

More info and tickets

Friday, September 15th

When I was your age, television was called books.

Film: The Princess Bride (1987)

Location: Blend Coffee Shop, Sneinton

Time: 7pm – 11.30pm

Host: Big Sky Cinema

Tickets: £12.50

The first of three screenings hosted by Big Sky Cinema, the 1987 cult classic starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Andre the Giant is screening at Blend Coffee Shop in Sneinton. It’s an immersive outdoor screening, so people are welcome to take blankets and pillows with them, and The Super Kitchen food truck will even be there serving nachos, burgers, ice-cream and popcorn. Inconceivable.  


Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest.

Film: The Neverending Story (1984)

Location: Secret Garden, Sherwood

Time: 7.45pm – 9.30pm (garden opens at 6.45pm)

Host: Sunset Cinema Club

Tickets: £16-£19 - includes food (Early Bird price)

Sunset Cinema Club will be transforming Sherwood’s Secret Garden into an Outdoor Cinema and Supper Club for their Scalarama screening of The Neverending Story. Complete with pop-up gourmet treatery from The Bakehouse, served up by Sherwood’s own Michelin trained Craig Poynter, the Early Bird ticket price will include food.


Saturday, September 16th

Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.

Film: Skyfall (2012)

Location: Hodsock Priory

Host: Big Sky Cinema

The 23rd installment from the Bond franchise is being hosted by Big Sky Cinema at the beautiful Hodsock Priory in Worksop.

Hello there, Cutie pie.

Film: The Running Man (1987)

Location: Quasar Elite Nottingham

Time: 9pm – 11.30pm

Host: The Film Exchange, Porlock Press & The Loft Movie Theatre

Tickets: £7 - £12

Celebrating 30 years since the film's original release, The Loft Movie Theatre, Porlock Press & The Film Exchange invite you to experience this film like never before. Be a contestant in the game zone, join the Runners, or the Stalkers in a battle for supremacy and toast your victory with a screening of this dystopian classic in a unique setting, Nottingham's own hi-tech gladiator arena, Quasar! Or, be a spectator, enjoy a drink and a game of Smash TV in the lounge. Watch the kill zone action from the safety and comfort of the balcony. The film has an 18 certificate and a licensed bar will be in operation. This event is for persons over the age of 18 only.


A life sentence for a rose?

Film: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Location: Secret Garden, Sherwood

Time: 7.45pm – 9.30pm (garden opens at 6.45pm)

Host: Sunset Cinema Club

Tickets: Chilld £8, Adult £9 (plus booking fee)

Join Sunset Cinema Club at the beautiful Secret Garden in Sherwood for their screening of the 2017 live-action remake of the Disney classic, starring Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Dan Stevens. 


Thursday, September 21st

I guess I'll see you in the movies.

Film: La La Land (2016)

Location: Welbeck Abbey

The six-time Oscar winning romantic musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is screening at Hodsock Priory.

Saturday, September 23rd

You're getting older, and you'll see that life isn't like your fairy tales.

Film: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Location: Nottingham Writer’s Studio

Time: 8pm – 11.30pm

Host: Bees Make Honey Creative Community

Tickets: £8

Bees Make Honey are proud to present a one-off screening of Pan’s Labyrinth from the visionary director, Guillermo Del Toro. The film will be screened in the basement of Nottingham Writers’ Studio as part of Scalarama Nottingham 2017. There will be a dark fairytale theme to the evening with artwork by Tara Hill and Kirsty Fox, plus themed drinks to celebrate this strange and wonderful tale. A short film by a local filmmaker will also screen before the film.


Remember, boys, no points for second place.

Film: Top Gun (1986)

Location: Nottingham City Airport

Time: 7.20pm – 10.00pm

Host: Sunset Cinema Club

Tickets: £11.70

Sunset Cinema Club transform Nottingham City Airport into an Outdoor Cinema - complete with pop-up bar, and yummy treats from 'Chocks Away.’ Kick back and snuggle up under the late summer stars, for a one-off screening of the 80’s Tom Cruise classic.


Sunday, September 24th

Just think of the chaos if we could break those walls down.

Film: The Dam Busters (1955)

Location: Nottingham City Airport

Time: 7.20pm – 10.00pm

Host: Sunset Cinema Club

Tickets: £11.70

One of the greatest British war films ever made, The Dam Busters is the incredible story of 617 Squadron who successfully executed Operation Chastise. Carrying Barnes Wallis’ ‘bouncing bombs,’ they led daring raids to destroy the Möhne and Edersee Dams in May 1943. You can enjoy this classic in the unique outdoor setting of Nottingham City Airport – including a pop-up bar.



Film: LGBT Railroad Fundraiser – Short Film Night

Location: White Lion Bar & Kitchen, Beeston

Time: 5pm – 7.30pm

Host: Nottingham Alternative Film Network

Tickets: £10.00

Join the brilliant Nottingham Alternative Film Network for a community short film event in support of the LGBT communities in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbijan. Show your defiance against the discrimination and atrocities that are taking place in these parts of the world by raising money for a grassroots railroad that helps affected LGBT individuals reach safety.

Every penny raised from ticket sales will go to Gay Alliance Ukraine and Russian LGBT Network, and there will also be a vegan/halal, Russian-themed food menu.

Full film list and tickets 

Monday, September 25th

It's a strange world, isn't it?

Film: Blue Velvet (1986)

Location: Savoy Cinema

Time: 8.30pm – 11.00pm

Host: Porlock Press & The Loft Movie Theatre

Tickets: £6.50 (£4.75 for Students and Senior Citizens)

The always brilliant Porlock Press & The Loft Movie Theatre are hosting anothing screening at The Savoy, this time showing David Lynch’s masterpiece Blue Velvet. In this atmospheric tale of small town intrigue, college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) happens across a severed ear in a field near his father’s home, and subsequently becomes embroiled in the complicated lives of enchanting lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), and dangerous gangster Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) – a psychopathic criminal with a penchant for Roy Orbison who seems to have Dorothy under his spell.


Friday, September 29th

You want me to be an American, don't you?

Film: West Side Story (1961)

Location: Blend Coffee Shop, Sneinton

Time: 7pm – 11.00pm

Host: Big Sky Cinema

Tickets: £12.50

Nottingham’s contribution to Scalarama 2017 is rounded off with an all time classic, and winner of 10 Oscars in 1961, West Side Story. Still regularly performed in the West End and on Broadway, the iconic musical story of the Sharks and the Jets will be shown at an outdoor screening in the plaza at Blend Coffee House, Sneinton Market.


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