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Star Trek Film Festival announced

Blackpool adds a film festival to its Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations

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Star Trek Film Festival announced

Blackpool continues its celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary with a week-long film festival dedicated to the iconic series. Trekkies of all generations can enjoy screenings ranging from 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture to JJ Abrams' latest offering Star Trek Beyond, released just two days before the festival.

The screenings will be held at Blackpool's Opera House, which seats 3000 people. Classic films on the programme include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, with a JJ Abrams Star Trek all-day spectacular on the final day – ready the river of popcorn. The films will be complemented by a series of panel discussions and expert presentations, still to be announced.

The film festival is part of Blackpool's wider celebration, with Star Trek: The Exhibition due to open on 30 June. Here fans can see original props, costumes and scripts, including some that have never been displayed in Europe. There is also the chance to step aboard a spectacular recreation of the iconic bridge from The Original Series. In September, the franchise will be further celebrated at Blackpool's legendary light show, The Illuminations, where one million bulbs are used to light up the seaside town.

Star Trek Film Festival, Blackpool Opera House, Sun 24–Sat 30 Jul.

Star Trek: The Exhibition

An exhibition celebrating the 50-year history of Star Trek, with original props, costumes and scripts. There is also the opportunity to step aboard a spectacular recreation of the iconic bridge from The Original Series.

Blackpool Promenade

Sat 10 Dec

Times vary / £14.50 (£12.50; Children £11; Family £43)

Sun 11 Dec

Times vary / £14.50 (£12.50; Children £11; Family £43)

Mon 12 Dec

Times vary / £14.50 (£12.50; Children £11; Family £43)

…and 10 more dates until 22 Dec

Star Trek Film Festival

A week-long festival of Star Trek films. The programme includes 1979s Star Trek: The Motion Picture to JJ Abrams' latest offering Star Trek Beyond. The festival also includes a series of panel discussions and expert presentations. Go boldly people.

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