Gala Festival Screenings

Event Cinema

North by Northwest cinema marqueeA once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots in the very theatre where he worked back stage as schoolboy Archibald Leach, and to which he returned again and again with his mother in later life.

Both screenings come with extra treats, including a red carpet entrance, paparazzi, live entertainment and vintage music and fashion. Red carpet attire is welcomed, with prizes for the best dressed. Gala ticket holders will have exclusive access to the glamorous Bristol Hippodrome Piano Bar where you can enjoy themed entertainment before the show.


The Big ActTheatre: The Big Act, the cream of Bristol’s young talent will be performing a live pre-screening performance inspired by the early life of Archie Leach.



Gathering-Voices-logoMusic: The Bristol Hippodrome Choir will be visiting us on a ’song raid’, performing songs from the shows as part of the Gathering Voices Festival of Song.


Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Tours

Hippodrome theatre tours_fullSaturdays 10.30

Peak behind the scenes of the theatre where Cary worked back stage as schoolboy Archie Leach. Presented by a knowledgeable guide, the tour takes you around front of house, backstage, and includes history, shows, stars, gossip, ghost stories, and of course Cary Grant.

Book now: Bristol Hippdrome Box Office, 0844 871 3012

Arsenic and Old Lace


Frank Capra | 1944 | PG

Sunday 12th October at 3pm
Bristol Hippodrome

Newly-wed drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) frantically tries to embark on his honeymoon with impatient new bride (Priscilla Lane), but has to contend with his well-meaning but ditzy old aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair), who have been bumping off lonely elderly gentlemen with their lethal elderberry wine (spiked with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch of cyanide”).

Arsenic kissIf that isn’t enough, he also has to juggle his sociopathic brother (Raymond Massey) – a dead-ringer for Boris Karloff, who played the original lead in the original 1941 Broadway play – and his sidekick Dr Einstein (Peter Lorre), as well as his other unhinged brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt (John Alexander).

In one of his best comic performances, Cary Grant effortlessly delivers rapid-fire dialogue, facial contortions and pratfalls to make any slapstick fan happy – look out for Archie Leach’s tombstone, an in-joke about Cary Grant’s birth name.

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North by Northwest


Alfred Hitchcock | 1959 | PG

Sunday 12th October at 6.30pm
Bristol Hippodrome

Debonair advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a secret agent by a gang of mysterious spies, headed up by Phillip Vandaam (James Mason) and his henchman (Martin Landau). Framed for the murder of a UN delegate he flees on a sleeper train where he meets the seductive Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) and hides in her bunk in what turns out to be the beginning of a 2000-mile chase.

MCDNOBY EC002Full of iconic images (the crop-duster, the Mount Rushmore monument), in sweeping Vistavision, with an Oscar-nominated script by Ernest Lehman (West Side Story) and a compelling score by Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), this is the “Hitchcock film to end all Hitchcock films” and Grant’s sophisticated performance, a precursor for the 007 franchise, sees him at his suave best.

The movie screams style right from the kinetic opening title sequence by Saul Bass to Cary Grant’s impeccable grey suit (voted the most stylish suit in the history of film by GQ).

Not to be missed on the big screen!

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