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Southport Bijou Cinema

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8 Post Office Avenue, Southport, PR9 0US
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Alice Jones

Mainly English Trad. songs with harmonium. Seriously impressive. 3rd visit to Bothy World HQ!

Sun 23 Jan

£8.80

Anthony John Clarke

Thoughtful, touching, humourous often brittle but ALWAYS inventive songs in the key of life.

Sun 6 Feb

£8.80

Die Hard

Die Hard
  • 1988
  • US
  • 2h 11min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov

Willis plays a cop who attends a tower block Christmas party with his estranged spouse. The building is raided by terrorists, so it's left to Willis to bump off the baddies and save the hostages while the police and FBI languish ineptly on the sidelines. Unbearably tense actioner that gets good mileage out of yawning lift-shafts and flying bullets, while Willis is convincing as an ordinary guy trying to cope with it all. Watch out for Brit Rickman as a villain with a sense of humour.

Sat 18 Dec

£3–£6

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing
  • 1987
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

The plot – in the summer of 1963 bad boy Johnny (Swayze) meets good girl Baby (Grey) and teaches her hip grinding, eventually winning the respect of her parents. Sure it's full of stereotyping, bad dialogue and a pre-teen sugar coated prurience, but decades on Dirty Dancing still has the ability to send a generation of women all gooey.

Fri 31 Dec

£3–£6

Double Bill: The Snowman / Olaf's Frozen Adventure

  • 1982 / 2017
  • U

The Bijou presents a morning of festive, family shorts.

In the 80s, David Bowie narrated classic THE SNOWMAN, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Afterwards is OLAFS FROZEN ADVENTURE, a 25 minute animated spin off to the kids classic Frozen, starring Olaf the Snowman.

Certificate: U

Runtime: 1 hour

ALL SCREENINGS BEGIN AT THE ADVERTISED TIME. THERE WILL BE NO TRAILERS OR ADVERTS.

Thu 23 Dec

£3–£5

Elf

Elf
  • 2003
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: David Berenbaum
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen

Buddy (Ferrell) is a big Elf who, though accepted in his Elvish community at the North Pole, manages to wreak havoc on a daily basis. Fed up and confused by his charge, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) sends him to the US in search of his true identity. Hilarious and puerile Yuletide comedy.

Sat 18 Dec

£3–£6

George Sansome (granny's Attic)

Guitar/vox; Ballads,shanties and broadsides. Vibrant and engaging.

Sun 10 Apr

£8.80

Gremlins

Gremlins
  • 1984
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joe Dante
  • Written by: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman

Cute and cuddly little mogwais become malevolent monsters if not properly cared for and wreak havoc in idealised small town America. A tongue-in-cheek Yuletide romp filled with in-jokes.

Thu 23 Dec

£3–£6

The Holiday

The Holiday
  • 2006
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nancy Meyers
  • Written by: Nancy Meyers
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Shannyn Sossamon, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell

Two ladies with guy trouble swap homes. Amanda (Diaz) ends up with Iris' brother (Law) in the UK, and Iris (Winslet) befriends funnyman Miles (Black) Stateside. This fairly repellent life swap romantic comedy was written specifically for these actors, but you wouldn't think it.

Mon 20 Dec

£3–£6

Home Alone

Home Alone
  • 1990
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Written by: John Hughes
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara

Peter and Kate McCallister (Heard and O'Hara) have an eight-year-old brat and wisely – albeit accidentally – leave him behind in Chicago when they go on holiday to Paris. Left to his own devices young Kevin (Culkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars (Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly, if sadistic, scare-comedy antics produced by teen flick veteran John Hughes.

Sun 19 Dec

£3–£6

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • 2000
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon

Surprisingly, The Grinch is the first live action feature to be adapted from the work of the world's best-selling children's author, Dr Seuss. And beneath sfx magician Rick Baker's green costume Carrey, – the world's highest paid comedian – wreaks glorious havoc on his cloying sweet neighbours, the Whovians of Who-ville. Howard lays the book's moral – Christmas is about family not presents and the sickly sweet sentiment on pretty thick. Toy Story 2 got the cross generational appeal right – golly gosh Howard's Grinch hasn't. Carrey's great though.

Thu 23 Dec

£3–£6

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life
  • 1946
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • U
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to warm even the most glacial heart.

Fri 24 Dec

£3–£6

Jez Lowe

Perceptive, honest writer of songs personal yet universal in their appeal and reach.

Sun 9 Jan

£8.80

Last Christmas

Last Christmas
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Kate (Clarke) is a Yugoslavian immigrant whose life is going downhill until she meets the mysterious bike-riding Tom (Golding), who seems too good to be true. Thompson and Kimmings’ script is a saccharine romantic fantasy and George Michael’s music isn’t always incorporated effectively, but its heart is in the right place.

Fri 17 Dec

£3–£6

Liz Simcock

Singer/writer of often autobiographical songs. Poetry, emotion and humour. Now where's that bouzouki Oh right, on the W3!

Sun 27 Mar

£8.80

Love Actually

Love Actually
  • 2003
  • UK / US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Curtis
  • Written by: Richard Curtis
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson

Curtis aims to prove the anodyne point that love is actually all around us with a huge cast and several different story strands. So we see Nighy, Thompson, Grant, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln and Laura Linney all pop up to play out their roles. Lightweight and over-populated romantic comedy.

Sun 12 Dec

£3–£6

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins
  • 1964
  • US
  • 2h 19min
  • U
  • Directed by: Robert Stevenson
  • Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

When high-spirited youngsters Jane and Michael Banks send yet another nanny packing with their shenanigans, they advertise for a replacement who'll 'sing songs and bake cakes'. Enter Andrews as the loveable Mary, a woman who turns the household on its head and forces their suffragette mother and banker father to finally pay their children some attention. Great songs, wonderful Technicolor animation in the fantasy scenes, and if it weren't for Dick Van Dyke's appalling London accent this would, like Mary, be 'practically perfect in every way'.

Tue 28 Dec

£3–£6

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

Fri 24 Dec

£3–£5

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 1993
  • US
  • 1h 16min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page

Jack Skellington, the skinny trickster king of Halloweentown, is restless with success and needs a new challenge, so he hatches a plot to kidnap Santa and creates a mixed-up Yuletide which isn't quite what the kids expected. Produced and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton.

Fri 24 Dec

£3–£6

Pete Morton

Pete Morton began his musical journey after he came across a Buffy St Marie record. It was from that moment on he decided to become a folk singer. Discovering the songs of the early sixties protest movement, it inspired him to write and take his songs into folk clubs and beyond.

For thirty years, Pete has been performing to audiences all over the world. Throughout that time he has been regarded as one the best on the contemporary roots music scene. His latest album 'A Golden Thread' has received rave reviews with eight newly self penned songs, a Pete Seeger classic 'Oh Had I A Golden Thread', and versions of the traditional gems, 'Barbry Allen' and 'The Farmers Boy'.

Often referred to as an old time troubadour he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour all wrapping its way around the folk tradition.

Sun 20 Feb

£8.80

Raphael Callaghan

A welcome return of this former Resident at the Bothy. Internationally known and acknowledged as an accomplished bluesman. Slide Guitar, mouth harp and vocals on classic blues, gospel and own-writes. Marvellous stuff. Has he got the blues You betcha! Pictured here with Christine Purnell - his one-time bass player.

Sun 12 Jun

£8.80

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
  • 2010
  • Finland
  • 1h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jalmari Helander
  • Cast: Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila, Risto Salmi, Peeter Jakobi, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää

Off-the-wall yuletide horror starring Jakobi as a Father Christmas you really wouldn't wish to find up your chimney. Corporate excavations in the north of Finland unwittingly awaken the original Santa (unluckily, an ancient and murderous demon) and when local children start to disappear, only youngster Pietari (Tommila) has an inkling of what's going on.

Mon 13 Dec

£3–£6

Scolds Bridle

The Fylde's finest since 1974. From gentle ballads to rousing choruses, Liz and Sue have it nailed. Local artists but with a national reputation.

Sun 13 Mar

£7.70

Scrooge

Scrooge
  • 1951
  • UK / US
  • 1h 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Written by: Noel Langley
  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Dolan

One of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story concerns the overly prudent businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge (Sim), who becomes a saint overnight. Dickens was never afraid to tackle the big issues: the threat to children's lives, whether they are privileged or poverty-stricken, is one of the main themes; but none of this darkness gets in the way of a cracking tale.

Tue 21 Dec

£3–£6

Tania Opland And Mike Freeman

Alaska meets England in an assortment of music and song played on more instruments than a stick can be shaken at!

Sun 24 Apr

£8.80

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • 1989
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jeremiah Chechik
  • Written by: John Hughes
  • Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis

As you might expect, a Griswold family Christmas ends in disaster. Lightweight comedy instilled with heart by John Hughes' screenplay.

Thu 16 Dec

£3–£6

White Christmas

White Christmas
  • 1954
  • US
  • 2h
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

Tue 14 Dec

£3–£6

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