is there anything quite like gathering together around a hot cinema screen and escaping into a cooler yet warmer world for two hours…?

Especially in a luxurious theatre, boasting a great big screen, and teeth-rattling surround sound, with your favourite glass of liquid refreshment by your side.

It’s a feeling that starts in childhood, the sense of being transported to an entirely different world for 90 minutes, the entire room sharing one giant roller coaster of thrilling twists, heart-stopping turns and side-splitting gags.

Anyone who’s ever kicked a dent in the front door of The Ormonde after a Bruce Lee movie will understand.

Well, the good news is, the second best thing you can do in a darkened room with a bunch of strangers is back in TOWN, as The Greystones Film Club continue to mix a little of what you want with what you need.

In the lead-up to Christmas, seasonal classics such as Elf (on Wednesday, December 19th),  Home Alone (on Sunday, November 25th), and the Raymond Brigg’s double-bill of The Snowman and Father Christmas (on Sunday, December 2nd, with a very special guest) sets you up for that intoxicating festive fever. Better still, when all the turkey, crackers and annoying relatives have gone, there’s a Blockbuster Blitz weekend at The Whale to blow those January blues away.

On Friday, Jan 4th, you can choose between Brad Bird’s retro-cool comicbook adventure The Incredibles 2 at 4pm, or sit down at 8pm for a cuppa with four chucklesome, mischievous icons of theatre and film, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith spending a weekend together for Roger Michell’s heartwarming documentary, Tea With The Dames, another of the year’s best-reviewed movies.

On Saturday, January 5th, the 4pm matinee charts Hans Solo’s formative years, as the man without any particular plan first teams up with life partner Chewbacca and gets behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon. The Star Wars universe is, of course, expanding and expanding, but with Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard captures the spirit and sense of fun of those early, glorious Lucas outings.

In the evening, it’s the inevitable but superior sequel to the 2008 Abba-driven smash hit, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again more than just a retread, with a fresh batch of Benny and Bjorn’s archive pop masterpieces, plus lots of hugs, mum dancing and incredibly flat singing. Which sounds like a pretty perfect Saturday night, when you think about it…

With new films added regularly, you can keep an eye out for your perfect night at the pictures on the Greystones Film Club website, and, of course, right here.




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