Blue Velvet at The Empire

Coinciding with David Lynch Naming – an exhibition of the paintings of legendary filmmaker and artist David Lynch at mima – this special screening of Blue Velvet will recreate for one night only the experience of old fashioned movie magic: when an admission ticket to the local picture palace guaranteed you a cartoon, a funny ‘short subject’, a supporting film and a feature presentation all for the cost of admission. 

Blue Velvet (1986)is arguably Lynch’s most iconic film, described by critics as a seminal and disturbing masterpiece that changed cinema forever. Supporting the main feature is a programme of specially selected shorts from a variety of artist-filmmakers including David Shrigley and Shezad Dawood. This Art Cinema Special Event takes place at The Empire, Middlesbrough’s opulent Victorian palace of varieties, creating the perfect environment for a dark and diverse cinematic experience.

Advance tickets are available priced £6 plus 80p booking fee here

This event is 18+ and contains strong language and scenes of a violent and sexual nature.

When: Friday 6 February, doors and bar open from 6.30pm, films start at 7.30pm; ends 10.00pm.

Where: The Empire, 2 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RT

Blue Velvet is a thoroughly unpredictable, frequently disturbing and sometimes jaw-droppingly funny film. There isn`t anything else quite like it, and it’s pretty wonderful” - Chicago Tribune

“The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable, the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination virtually unequalled in recent cinema.” - LA Times

Blue Velvet at The Empire is part of Painting in Perpetual Motion: Art, Film, TV and David Lynch - a programme developed and produced by Northern Film & Media and mima, exploring Lynch’s practice and his legacy at the crossing point between art and film.


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