Special guests and events lined up for Palace Cinema in Broadstairs

1940's film I Know Where I Am Going at the Palace Cinema

The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs has a series of exciting events coming up for fans of new and classic films, including a film director Q&A, special introductions by guest speakers and the opportunity for local musicians to showcase their skills on the Palace piano.


Visiting the Palace as part of a UK tour, acclaimed British screenwriter/director Carol Morley will be on stage for a Q&A (12 November, 7.30pm) after a screening of her latest wonderful film TYPIST ARTIST PIRATE KING (12A). It’s a road movie with a difference, celebrating the gifted artist Audrey Amiss whose career was blighted by mental illness.

Carol Morley’s other work includes OUT OF BLUE based on a Martin Amis novel and starring Patricia Clarkson, THE FALLING starring Florence Pugh and Maisie Williams and DREAMS OF A LIFE starring Zawe Ashton. TYPIST ARTIST PIRATE KING also screens on November 11-12

Cinema Unbound: Powell and Pressburger

The Palace is one of many independent cinemas around the UK taking part in the British Film Institute’s major retrospective of the films of the great filmmaking partnership Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Their work is unique in the history of British cinema, and the films are as fresh, funny, touching, unnerving and visually stunning as when first released.

Running November-January, the Palace is showing five of their great films from the 1940s – audience members coming to all five get their 5th film free! With support from the BFI Film Audience Network, which awards funds from the National Lottery to bring ‘Cinema Unbound’ to audiences across the UK, some screenings have special introductions:

The gorgeously feisty and surprising romantic comedy I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING! with pre-recorded intro from Powell and Pressburger super-fan Martin Scorsese, plus an illustrated intro to the Palace’s Season (Sunday 12 November)

David Niven is a WW2 pilot who expects to die but finds himself not only alive but caught between a black & white Heaven and a Technicolour world in A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH including a special focus on cinematographer Jack Cardiff (Tue 28 November).

The greatest dance film and ‘backstage’ drama ever made? THE RED SHOES is introduced on by Amber Butchart (pictured), broadcaster, fashion historian and author The Fashion of Film (Tue 12 December)

In January, BLACK NARCISSUS is introduced by the Palace’s Jack Prosser (Tue 9 Jan) and A CANTERBURY TALE is introduced by Eddie McMillan, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University (Tue 23 January)

Palace piano – Sunday Silents

For five years the Palace has presented classic silent films accompanied live on the cinema’s piano by the amazing Lillian Henley. While Lillian is on maternity leave the Palace is recruiting local pianists who’d like to volunteer to play while audiences arrive before the silent films with pre-recorded orchestra soundtracks.

The next one is Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic METROPOLIS (Sun 19 Nov) and the cinema is looking for 30min of piano playing linking to the themes/mood of the film – sci fi, spooky, scary, romantic – in exchange for free cinema ticket + snacks!

All enquiries welcome, and the Palace would be particularly glad to offer this to a younger pianist or student. Contact [email protected] by Thursday 16 November.

Palace Cinema

Harbour St

Broadstairs CT10 1ET


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