Star Trek Film Festival announced
- Rowena McIntosh
- 23 June 2016
Blackpool adds a film festival to its Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations
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.