Cinema returns to the Eastgate

Audiences now have the chance to see and hear the difference for themselves when the Eastgate Cinema re-opens on Sat 7 November with screenings of Onward, the latest Disney/Pixar epic, at 2pm and 4pm.

The tale of two teenage elf brothers who embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father marks the start of a new programme that features children’s films every Saturday afternoon.

The new programme also features films for adults on Wednesday afternoons (2.30pm) and evenings (7pm), beginning with screenings of the feel-good Military Wives on Wed 11 Nov. One of the films due to be shown before lockdown in March, Military Wives is the story of a group of women, thrown together by life on a military base while their partners serve in Afghanistan, who raise their spirits by forming a Military Wives’ Choir.

As well as films, the weekly line-up between now and Christmas will feature a variety of stage performances on screen – with titles including the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet (Tues 10 Nov) and a film version of Ian Rickson’s recent stage production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Thurs 12 Nov).

The Eastgate Cinema, like other film venues, will open with greatly reduced capacity due to physical distancing, and various other precautions in place, which means that audiences will be invited to arrive slightly earlier than usual.

Onward, the first screening of the Eastgate’s new film programme, shows at 2pm and 4pm on Sat 7 November. Current circumstances are, inevitably, liable to change and this may affect the distribution of some films. For full details, and to secure your precious seat in the stalls, keep an eye on