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Great Double Bill Of Dirty Dancing And The Lost Boys
A great cinema double bill is awaiting film audiences in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth - and they also get to sit out under the stars in a fabulous outdoor setting. The amazing movie mix of feel-good film Dirty Dancing and vampire thriller The Lost Boys will be sharing the limelight within the open air cinema setting provided by the delightful Tamworth Castle Grounds on Saturday 13 August.

Tamworth Outdoor Cinema
A new cinema double bill awaits at Tamworth Castle Grounds

The two screenings both sold out within a week of going on sale, with 1,300 people jumping at the chance for a summer evening of fun and entertainment in the park that sits in the shadow of the historic Tamworth Castle. Fancy dress, singing and dancing is positively encouraged for the 1987 romantic classic Dirty Dancing, which will be shown at 9.15pm. The popular movie stars Patrick Swayze and leading lady Jennifer Grey as lovers Johnny and Baby who meet at a summer holiday resort. With wonderfully choreographed dance scenes and an award-winning soundtrack, Dirty Dancing has become one of the best-loved movies of all time.

Tamworth Outdoor Cinema
Audiences enjoying last year's screening of Hairspray

For late-night movie buffs Dirty Dancing will then be followed at 11.45pm by the late showing of another American classic of a totally different kind. The 1987 film, The Lost Boys, is a cult comedy horror about two brothers who move to California where they end up fighting a gang of blood-sucking vampires. The Lost Boys is a silent screening so headphones will be provided to members of the audience.

Dirty Dancing
The classic end scene from 1987 film Dirty Dancing (Wikipedia)

Cinema goers for both films are invited to take warm blankets and a picnic, although food and drink will be on sale during both screenings. No glass, gazebos or alcohol will be allowed to be taken on site, but a licensed bar will be available throughout the evening. Gates will open 45 minutes prior to Dirty Dancing and 15 minutes before The Lost Boys is shown. Entrance is by ticket only and identification may also be requested for both movies. Dirty Dancing is rated 15 and The Lost Boys is rated 18.

Tamworth Castle Grounds
The view of the Castle Grounds from the castle ramparts

The outdoor cinema event, organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team, is now in its fourth year and has become a popular feature on the town's events calendar. Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: "The summer outdoor cinema has been a real hit since it was launched with Mamma Mia and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Although it has enjoyed sell-out crowds before, the response this year was incredible as the event sold out within just a week of going on sale. Anyone who has missed out this year will have to get in early for 2017."
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Why? Watch The Ultimate Movies Under The Stars
When: Saturday 13 August 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA
Cost: Sold Out
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