Imagine this: It’s the hottest day of the year. You’re wearing a gorgeous floral skirt and a vest top and you’re still far too hot. Then imagine you’re off to Tyneside Cinema to celebrate the launch of their Christmas events. Well, this was exactly how my day panned out last month as I went along to the Christmas at Tyneside Cinema event.
If like me, you’ve never actually been to Tyneside Cinema then you’ll probably be wondering why it’s so special, right? Think of a much cosier theatre, more cult films and a range of options to go along with those movies – including themed afternoon teas. That is why the Tyneside Cinema is so special.
On the run up to Christmas, Tyneside Cinema is showing classic films such as It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and The Muppets Christmas Carol.
The showing of It’s A Wonderful Life has become a tradition at the cinema, and this year you can even go along to a festive sing-song event, a dementia-friendly showing, and A Night of Good Cheer: It’s A Wonderful Life. This sounds fantastic – a live choir on stage before the showing of the film. I can’t think of anything much more festive than a choir singing carols.
If the classics aren’t your thing (why not!?) there are more modern films being shown too. My choice would be The Holiday. A one-off showing in which you receive a ‘survival pack complete with chocolates, popcorn, prosecco and a handy pack of tissues for the emotional moments. If action is more your thing then Die Hard and Die Hard 2 may be the one for you.
My absolute favourite Christmas film is Elf, and of course Christmas at Tyneside Cinema wouldn’t compete without showing this modern classic. I feel like Christmas has begun once I’ve watched Elf.
Themed Afternoon Tea
All year round Tyneside Cinema have themed afternoon teas which are paired with film showings. I love this idea. The festive afternoon includes classics such as homemade mine pies alongside traditional scones.
This Christmas you can enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea before settling down to watch It’s A Wonderful Life. I’m thinking about taking my Mam along for this to get us in the festive mood.
For The Kids
Christmas is all about the kids, right? Well Christmas at Tyneside Cinema has lots of options for the little uns. The Polar Express Family Event sounds magical. Every child receives a golden ticket through the post, and when they arrive (in their pj’s, of course) they’ll be given a hot chocolate and gingerbread man. After the movie, there’s a chance to meet Santa Claus. There’s also a more relaxed showing – no Santa to keep it calmer and a little room available off to the side of the cinema if it all gets a little too much.
At The Grinch Family Event you can share a Grinch milkshake (I can confirm it is delicious) and a cookie with The Grinch himself!
Are there any events that you’re excited about? I know it’s only August but I think I might book a couple of events to get me in the festive spirit early!