The Palace Theatre Cinema
Come to the Palace Theatre’s two-day cinematic event in which we will travel back to the early 1900’s to commemorate the First World War.
As part of the day, enjoy screenings of documentaries, television clips, and films , tours of the building and historical speakers and artefacts.
Sunday 12th October – 1pm – All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Lewis Milestone’s epic screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel stars Lew Ayres as one of a group of German teenagers who enlist for World War I after hearing a stirring speech from their professor. They soon discover that war is less about noble ideas and sacrifice than it is about pain, humiliation, suffering and death. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 1930.
PG Certificate / Running Time 127 mins
Sunday 12th October – 5pm – Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Based on a celebrated anti-war stage piece produced by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, the film chronicles the various madnesses of the First World War. Along with vignettes involving the members of the fictional Smith family, the movie lands its punches with a two-pronged attack: by using the songs of the war, mostly patriotic; and by using the real-life words of various figures from WWI. John Mills plays the most bull-headed of the generals, blithely measuring out yards of territory gained by the thousands of casualties involved.
PG Certificate / Running Time 138 mins
Sunday 12th October – Monday 13th October – The Battle of the Somme (1916)
The Battle of the Somme is a pioneering battlefield documentary that was seen by huge audiences in the UK when it was released in August 1916, barely a month after the events it depicted. Cinema-goers hailed it as an opportunity to see the reality of the Western Front for the first time and to share the experiences of the soldiers who were fighting there.
Exempt from Certification / Running Time 52 mins
Sunday 12th October – Monday 13th October – The Battle of Ypres (1925)
This is the original 1925 British instructional films documentary re-enacting key scenes from the notorious Battle of Ypres, which gives us a unique historical reading of one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First World War.
Exempt from Certification / 105mins
Monday 13th October – 10.30am & 1.30pm – War Horse (2011)
Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows Joey’s the extraordinary journey as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.
12 Certificate . Running Time 146 mins
£5 tickets (teachers go free on the Monday)