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Christmas films and events at QUAD

15 November 2016

Our Christmas film season includes the Christmas classics Meet Me In St Louis, It’s A Wonderful Life plus Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder double Bill. For family audiences there will also be a special live version of A Christmas Carol by The Lost Boys, plus screenings of the animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Derby theatre group The Lost Boys and QUAD present a new spin on Dicken's classic tale in a family friendly production of A Christmas Carol. Lost Boys bring their unique style to Dickens’ ghost story, enhanced by digital cinema technology. Join Scrooge on his journey to redemption in this special one off event. Lost Boys & QUAD Present: A Christmas Carol takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 21st December at 7:00pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions, Family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) are £25.

Bad Santa is back from Friday 9th - Thursday 15th December in Bad Santa 2 (15). Fuelled on Christmas spirits, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Returning also is Thruman Merman (Brett Kelly) the child from from the first movie alongside new additons Kathy Bates (Misery) and Christina Hendricks (Drive).

For those parents and carers with children aged eight and above there is a chance to do some Christmas shopping while the children enjoy a Christmas-inspired Minecraft workshop in QUAD. From Giant snowmen, Santa’s workshop or a magical ice palace, children can create, explore and share a winter world on QUAD’s own Minecraft server at QUAD. Winter World Minecraft takes place in QUAD Digital studio on Saturday 10th December from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The drop-in workshop is open to boys and girls aged eight and above. Places are limited and availability is on a first come first serve basis and the cost is £3 per child for a two hour session.

Films include Meet Me In St Louis, Vincente Minnelli’s tender, witty musical from 1944. Judy Garland and her family leaving behind their friends in St Louis before leaving for New York. This affectionate film offers a nostalgia for an easier, slower, gentler way of American life. The songs include ‘The Boy Next Door’, ‘Skip To My Lou’ and ‘The Trolley Song’. Meet Me In St Louis (U) screens at QUAD from Sunday 11th to Tuesday 13th December. Cinema ticket prices are: £8.20 and £7 for concessions.

On 10th, 11th & 14th December Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) leaves the North Pole to travel to the USA, in the return of another QUAD Christmas favourite, Elf.

Then from 21st - 24th December Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the entire cast of the Muppet universe come together to re-tell Charles Dicken's classic in The Muppet Christmas Carol.

It’s A Wonderful Life is set on Christmas Eve when Clarence, the guardian angel, is assigned to convince the desperate George Bailey (James Stewart) not to take his own life. When George decides he is worth more dead than alive, it’s up to Clarence to help him realise how many lives his good deeds have touched. It’s A Wonderful Life (U) screens at QUAD Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th December. Cinema ticket prices are: £8.20 and £7 for concessions. 

There will also be a one-off Dementia Friendly Screening of It's a Wonderful Life on Tuesday 6th December from 1:00pm. Tickets are £6, or £5 concessions, tickets for carers are free. Contact artsandhealthderbyshire@gmail.com or charlottec@derbyquad.co.uk for further information.

Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder will be showing as Crossing The Streams Christmas Double Bill. ‘Crossing The Streams’ celebrates classic ‘80s films. Die Hard, from 1988, stars Bruce Willis as NYPD cop John McClane who takes a trip to LA to see his estranged wife and spend Christmas with his kids. But he didn’t count on getting stuck in a skyscraper with a bunch of German terrorists headed up by the well-spoken Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman). In Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) McClane is waiting for his wife’s plane to arrive in Washington DC when he gets word that all is not as it seems with the delayed flights. Terrorists have taken over the airport and the planes are circling the airport running out of fuel. It is up to McClane to stop the bad guys and save the planes from crashing. Crossing The Streams Christmas Double Bill: Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder (15) screens at QUAD on Friday 16th December at 8:00pm. Tickets are £13 or £11 Concessions.

For families The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) is the animated story of Jack Skellington, king of Halloween town, who is bored with the same old spooks and scares each year. After he discovers ‘Christmas Town’ he decides to undertake a mammoth task: to gather the bats, ghouls and goblins of Halloween Town and get them to help him do Christmas……The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) screens daily for ‘Cine Kids’ from Friday 16th – Saturday 24th December. Cine Kids screenings are part of QUAD’s Family Friendly Cinema programme. All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members, Cine Kids family membership is free and available at QUAD Box office. Cine Kids screenings take place daily during weekends and school holidays, non-Cine Kids members are also welcome, regular QUAD Cinema ticket prices apply. 

In QUAD Café there will be a special Christmas Menu featuring a QUAD Xmas Burger and sandwiches including Turkey & Cranberry with chestnut stuffing, Turkey & avocado, or Cheddar and Christmas chutney. Drinks and Deserts will include; Mince pie slices, Raspberry & pistachio frangipane, Chocolate log or White chocolate cranberry tiffin and Black Forest hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. The QUAD Christmas Menu will be available from the end of November.

Over Christmas QUAD will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and there will be reduced opening times (11:00am – 8:00pm) on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.