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Silver Linings Playbook (125 mins) (15)
Predictable, but fun with great performances
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STUDIO 5: TED (105mins) (15)
No teddy bears' picnic
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Stranger than Fiction
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Coming Soon

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari re-scored by Scanner

Thu, 30th Oct 2014

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One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive restoration, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again.

At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone - now more mesmerising than ever.

Renowned electronic musician and patron of the Genesis Robin 'Scanner' Rimbaud will be re-scoring Caligari in our magnificent screen 1. Accompanied by state-of-the-art Philips LightVibes, this is a world first and entry is FREE as part of the Genfest party.

Genfest starts 7pm
Scanner and Dr Caligari starts at 9pm.

RSVP here.

Genfest: A Declaration Of Independence

Thu, 30th Oct 2014

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Genesis Cinema is celebrating 15 years in business with a recently unveiled
refurbishment and an evening of multi-arts spooks and scares. Join us on
Halloween for GENFEST, bringing together the very best in film, live music,
theatre, comedy, cabaret and live art all under one roof. East London’s oldest
cinema, originally the Paragon Music Hall built in 1885, is still a buzzing
cultural hub serving the community in Mile End. !

Highlights of GENFEST include a special encore screening of the smash hit
sell-out NT Live production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle,
starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller; German
expressionist classic The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, restored and then
rescored by multi-media artist and musician Scanner; 30th anniversary edition
of Ghostbusters remastered in 4k; latest scare phenomena for Halloween
Babadook; cabaret from the Twin Peaks UK Festival; live music from east
end gypsy folk band The Wild Rye, plus DJs a free drink on arrival and much,
much more.

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari re-scored by Scanner featuring state-of-the-art Philips LightVibes and The Good, The Bad, The Unseen film club screenings are FREE events. To gain entry, please RSVP here.

Tickets for Ghostbusters and The Babadook are at our new Big Wednesday price of £4 and the Encore screening of Frankenstein in STUDIO is £10. These tickets can be bought here.

The Panafrican Festival of Algiers 1969 brought to you by Culturama in collaboration with Film Africa 2014 Festival

Thu, 6th Nov 2014

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This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Panafrican Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and calling for the same freedom for the rest of the continent. William Klein’s film captures the sense of jubilation of the moment and provides historical context for understanding a continent united in its desire for freedom. The spirit of the documentary is: "African culture will be revolutionary, or it will not be.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with two Panafricanists: Dr Hamza Hamouchene, an Algerian activist, writer and co-founder of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC) and committee member of Culturama and Kevin Bismark Cobham, a Cambridge-educated criminal law solicitor advocate, a community activist and member of the legal and constitutional committee of the National African People's Parliament.

Tickets are on sale.

Book your tickets here.

The Old Vic's The Crucible - Recorded Live

Thu, 4th Dec 2014 - Sun, 7th Dec 2014

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Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.

In a small tight-knit community in Salem, Massachusetts, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria. Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

Richard Armitage’s film and TV credits include The Hobbit trilogy, Into the Storm, Captain America: The First Avenger and Spooks. Theatre includes The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for RSC.

Yaël Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright. Her production of Mies Julie won a string of international awards at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, was named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2012 by The New York Times, and Top Five Productions of 2012 by The Guardian.

Arthur Miller is one of America’s greatest playwrights. His many plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge.

The Crucible was captured live at The Old Vic, London during its 2014 season. The production is approximately 3hrs 30mins including a 15 minute interval.

Thursday 4th December, 7pm and Sunday 7th December, 3pm

Tickets are priced at:
Adults £15
Concession £13

Book your tickets here.

Keane - Live In Berlin Exclusive Encore Screening

Tue, 2nd Dec 2014

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Over the past ten years Keane have become one of the World’s most successful and admired British bands. They have sold over 11 million albums worldwide and had many hits including ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Everybody’s Changing’, ‘Is It Any Wonder?’, ‘Crystal Ball’, ‘Silenced By The Night’ and ‘Spiralling’. They have performed 700 shows in over 40 countries. In South Korea they're known as The Autumn Band with all the wistful melancholy, melodic richness and emotional metamorphosis that implies. Their fans unfurl 'Welcome' flags in trees outside their hotels, tattoo their art-work and lyrics on their bodies, hold birthday parties in their honour, in Brazil (when they're not even in Brazil) and send lengthy letters saying their music has “saved my life”. Keane are a universal soul band.

Throughout their career, Keane have continually embraced technology becoming the first band to release a single on USB stick and the first to stream a live performance in 3D. They have always been passionate about giving fans a unique live experience and this show brings the two together in a city that has been such an inspiration to them over the last ten years.

‘The Best Of Keane, Live From Berlin’ is brought to you by MusicScreen, produced exclusively for cinema. MusicScreen brings all the excitement and atmosphere of a live music event to cinema screens around the world. Made possible by the joint skills of cinema and audio professionals, MusicScreen invites you to join with the live audience in Berlin at the iconic Goya when Keane 'bring down the house' with a special performance for their millions of devoted fans around the World. You really will feel like you are there.

Tuesday 2nd December, 8.30pm
Tickets are priced at:
Adults £8.50
Concession £7.50

Watch the official trailer here.

Book your tickets here.

CinemaItaliaUK presents Spaghetti Story Screening and Q&A

Sun, 26th Oct 2014

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A special presentation screening by CinemaItaliaUK followed by a Q&A with the film director Ciro De Caro

"Spaghetti Story" by Ciro De Caro (82 mins)

Valerio is a good actor, waiting for his big break. In the meantime he has to make do with a variety of one-off part-time jobs. His friend Kookie still lives at home with his grandmother, but he has got a profitable business plan figured out. Serena is a university student, but she’d like to raise a family with Valerio. Giovanna, Valerio’s sister, works as a masseuse, but her dream is to become a chef, specialised in Chinese cooking. Valerio, Kookie, Serena and Giovanna appear to clearly know who they are and what they want. Suddenly each of them is presented with a potentially life-changing opportunity. Moreover, as soon as Mei Mei enters their lives, everything changes rapidly.

Tickets are priced at;
Adults £10
Concession £7

Book your tickets here.

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