Blue Velvet at The Empire: An Art Cinema Special Event

Friday 6 February 2015 // The Empire, Middlesbrough // Door and bar 6.30pm, films 7.30pm-10pm // 

A special screening of Blue Velvet which recreated 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's 'The Door', Tom Rubnitz's 'Undercover me!', Bryan Ferguson's 'The Misbehaviour of Polly Papercut' and Shezad Dawood's 'A Mystery Play'. The event takes place at The Empire, Middlesbrough’s opulent Victorian palace of varieties, creating the perfect environment for a dark and diverse cinematic experience.

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