Greenway's 1950s pop-up Christmas cinema
A pop-up 1950s Christmas cinema has opened its doors at Greenway, showing a collection of films curated by Agatha Christie's grandson Mathew Prichard. On weekends in December and between Christmas and New Year, vintage Christie films are being shown in a cosy 1950s-styled marquee in the garden, and the house is decorated for a 1950s family Christmas.
Back in time
Stepping into the marquee takes you back in time to the 1950s, the heydey of Agatha's family holidays at Greenway and the golden age of cinema. In the foyer uniformed ushers sell popcorn, cold drinks and sweets.
At the box office you can get your vintage ticket punched and an usher guides you into the screen, where you can settle down in your red velvet cinema seat, or a VIP Chesterfield sofa. The cinema is fully heated, and blankets are available to snuggle under for that extra-cosy feeling.
The classic Christie films have all been chosen by Agatha's grandson, Mathew Prichard. Each film is special to his family in some way, and before the films begins a short recording plays of Mathew explaining why he selected the film you are about to watch. This is followed by Pathé newsreel from 1950, and then the main attraction begins.
There are two screenings on each day: 11am and 2pm. The line-up of films is:
- Witness for the Prosecution, Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Wednesday 27 December. Certificate U. 1957.
- And Then There Were None, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Thursday 28 December. Certificate PG. 1974.
- Endless Night, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 and Friday 29 December. Certificate 15. 1972.
- Evil Under The Sun, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Saturday 30 December. Certificate PG. 1982.
- Mystery film, Sunday 31 December. Certificate PG.
Standard seats: adult £14.50, child (3-15) £9.50, group (10+) £13.50. Premier seats: adult £19.50, child £14.50 (3-15). Normal admission prices to Greenway apply.
Booking is essential. To book, please give us a call on 01803 842382. When you book your tickets, you will be allocated a space in the car park.
Christmas in the house
The 1950s cinema theme is complemented by the 1950s Christmas decorations in the house. Retro toys are waiting to be wrapped and played with, along with stories and pictures of family celebrations on display. Christmas songs from the fifties are played at the piano; sure to prompt a sing-along.