Pilton Palais Cinema


Hi and welcome to the 35th anniversary of the Pilton Palais, To celebrate, we have made a few enhancements to the venue itself. The tent has been increased in size enabling us to have a larger screen, and the whole floor will be covered with coconut matting. Also new for this year is the Cha Cha Cha café and late night bar to accompany our evening screenings and kick-off the post screening party atmosphere.


As usual we have a varied programme of recent box office hits, classics, comedy, horror, Sci-Fi etc. We kick off on Wednesday with the much-loved Sing, a story about a small town theatre trying to make ends meet by hosting a talent show, with horrific consequences and, of course, as its title suggests it’s crammed full of well-known sing out loud songs. Also of note is the beautifully animated Japanese film Your Name easily comparable to the best Ghibli.

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As part of our cinema classics section we have Enter the Dragon, a rare chance to see it again on the big screen and the edgy Paul Verhoeven film Robocop turns thirty this year!

We also have two re-scored silent classics, the first of which is The Adventures of Prince Ahmad which dates from 1926. What’s notable about it is that it’s one of the first films to use an animation technique known nowadays as stop motion and is entirely crafted from cut-out paper silhouettes. It has a Live Accompaniment by the Guildhall’s Electronic Music Studio.

Our second re-scored Silent film is Metropolis to mark its 90th Anniversary. It is being re-scored live by the Old Police House Collective. Both these films have late-morning slots so as not to clash with any of the stages and are suitable for younger viewers accompanied by their parents.

We also have two Sing-a-Longs this year. Firstly the hugely popular Disney’s Frozen and a return for the much-loved classic Rocky Horror Picture Show!!

There are three documentaries this year, firstly Bunch Of Kunst: Featuring the Sleaford Mods, and partly shot during Glastonbury 2015. Another one is Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, an interesting look at the person responsible for giving Bowie his iconic musical sound and the third one is described later in this intro.

Of course we have the feelgood festival classics from yesteryear, Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski and Donnie Darko (Director’s Cut) to name but a few. And finally for those of you on the eastern side of the site that don’t fancy the big crowds for the headliners, why not head down to the Pilton Palais sit back and enjoy it without the hustle and bustle courtesy of the BBC’s HD live coverage from 10pm.

Those of you who made it down to the Pilton Palais last year, or may have seen from our YouTube channel will no doubt be aware we had an extra special guest amongst us, none other than Tilda Swinton. Well… we’re proud to announce that she is back again this year and has accepted the honour of Co-Curator, and brought with her the must-see highlight of this year’s programme which is the UK Advance Preview of Bong Joon Ho’s OKJA in which she stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano fresh from its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.


Tilda’s programme includes films from directors close to her heart such as Jim Jarmusch, with the documentary about Iggy Pop & the Stooges in Gimme Danger, and the recent Paterson. Hayao Miyazak with children’s classic Laputa: Castle In The Sky, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and Nicolas Roeg’s, spooky film Don’t Look Now staring a youthful Donald Southerland! All highly-acclaimed films rarely given the light of day publicly, these days. Enjoy…


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