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Lights, camera, action - Cinema comes to city theatre
Movie lovers in Staffordshire will now be able to see big screen blockbusters at their local theatre in the heart of Lichfield. A new monthly film night is to be held at the Lichfield Garrick theatre which will offer film fans the full cinema experience. The Garrick aims to showcase the very best of the big screen movies with its new monthly film night, giving audiences in and around Lichfield the opportunity to enjoy the latest blockbusters in its main auditorium without travelling out of the city.

Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour opens the Lichfield Garrick's new monthly film nights

The new monthly film nights will commence on Saturday 30 June with the special screening of the Oscar-winning and critically acclaimed Darkest Hour. The film, set at the start of the Second World War, provides an exciting and fascinating account of Winston Churchill - brilliantly portrayed by Gary Oldman, at the time of his 'darkest hour' in 1940, with German forces poised to invade, a reluctant US yet to come to the country's aid, and a cabinet contingent, led by Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, demanding peace talks with Hitler. Gary Oldman captures the stoicism and jowls of the Prime Minister alongside Kristin Scott Thomas as his faithful wife Clementine, ably supported by Lily James, Samuel West and Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI. As well as the big screen being a draw to audiences, the theatre will also be offering popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and sodas in its Green Room Bar and Café, making sure that patrons can enjoy the full cinema experience.

Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman in 2017. By John Bauld from Toronto, Canada - TIFF 2017 Gary Oldman (1 of 1)-3, CC BY 2.0,

Karen Foster, the Lichfield Garrick's Executive Director, said of the new film nights: "I am very aware that there was huge public disappointment that the cinema planned as part of the new Friarsgate development in Lichfield will no longer go ahead. As a consequence, the Lichfield Garrick has chosen to show modern blockbusters in the theatre on our normally quiet nights. We would love to hear from film fans who would come to the theatre as this will help us to choose the right films." If patrons would like to give their feedback on the Lichfield Garrick's new film nights, the theatre has set up a quick online survey which can be found here: By entering the survey, participants can also be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Garrick's next film night, which will be on Saturday 21 July.

Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick starts its monthly film nights on June 30

Darkest Hour, rated PG, will be shown at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 30 June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased from the theatre's box office on 01543 412121 or online at The theatre has announced that its next Movie Night will be on Saturday 21 July with I, Tonya, a dark comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding.
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Why? Theatre's new monthly cinema programme opens with Darkest Hour
When: Sat 30 June
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £10 each
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