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Check the Gate – A Season of 35mm Classics Comes to London

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Film Editor
Updated: 17 August 2017
London’s Prince Charles Cinema and distributor Park Circus are bringing a series of film reels to be screened as part of the ‘Check the Gate’ season in September.

The three day season takes place from September 22–24 and will feature cinematic gems in their original analogue formats.

Films from the likes of Martin Scorsese, PT Anderson and Quentin Tarantino will be shown, with both Boogie Nights and Jackie Brown celebrating their 20th anniversaries.

Sexy Beast | © Fox Searchlight Films
Sexy Beast | © Fox Searchlight Films

Co-CEO of Park Circus, Nick Varley, explained why 35mm film is still so important to cinema in the digital age.

‘Park Circus has been leading the way for many years in making classic films available in the digital. However, throughout, we have actively sought to keep the showing of celluloid alive and continue to maintain a distribution inventory of over 4,000 35mm and 70mm distribution prints. We are delighted to work with The Prince Charles Cinema and for this second edition of Check the Gate, they are our perfect partners to bring these brilliant 35mm prints back to an audience hungry to see film presented on film.’

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London’s Prince Charles Cinema will host 'Check the Gate' | © Ewan Munro/Wikicommons
London’s Prince Charles Cinema will host ‘Check the Gate’ | © Ewan Munro/Wikicommons

The season opens with the sublime Boyz N the Hood and will end on a high with Tarantino’s homage to Blaxploitation cinema Jackie Brown.

Check the Gate – the full programme

Friday 22 September

Boyz N the Hood – 6.30 pm

Cruising – 9.00 pm

Saturday 23 September

The Killing – 12.30 pm

Superman – 2.30 pm

Boogie Nights + Valentine [Haim short Directed by Paul Thomas Andersen] – 5.30 pm

Taxi Driver – 9.00 pm

Midnight Mystery Movie [TBC] – 11.30 pm

Sunday 24 September

Big – 1.15 pm

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai – 3.30 pm

Sexy Beast – 6.05 pm

Jackie Brown – 8.15 pm

For further information and to book tickets for any of the films, please visit the Prince Charles Cinema website.

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