Seven legendary films to pop up at two Welsh castles this autumn

Tuesday 03 October 2017

Visitors to castles in south Wales will swap history for Hollywood this autumn as a series of legendary films take centre stage.

Pop-Up Cinema

Pop-Up Cinema

The screenings, made possible by a collaboration between the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw), Chapter Arts Centre and the University of South Wales, will be hosted at fairytale castle, Castell Coch during October (13-14), and the majestic Caerphilly Castle in November (17-18).

Guests to Castell Coch will be treated to a range of popular films, from Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit to 1974 comedy horror film, Young Frankenstein.

Meanwhile, Caerphilly Castle’s schedule includes Disney family favourite, Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, along with rock legends concert film Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same.

There will be something for visitors young and old, with a choice of afternoon and late evening showings on offer.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates said: “During Wales’s Year of Legends, we continue to look for new ways of engaging the people of Wales and beyond with our country’s rich heritage. “Hosting these legendary films at two of our most impressive castles allows us to bring together old and new, giving visitors the chance to experience the sites as they’ve never seen them before.”

Jamie Rees, Director of Marketing and Audience Development at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff said: “We’re delighted to be taking our film screenings off-centre once more to two magical locations, offering audiences a truly unique cinematic experience. The programme has something for everyone with classics like the original 1930s King Kong at Castell Coch mixed in with recently released family favourites like Despicable Me 3 at Caerphilly Castle.” 

The screenings will take place between 13th October and 18th November. Attendees are encouraged to wrap up warm, but food and drink will be available to purchase to help stave off the winter chill.

Full Cinema Listings

Castell Coch screenings

Friday 13 October
Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/castell-coch-curse-were-rabbit-u
Wallace and Gromit set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and the giant vegetable growing contest.
£15.00 / £12.00
Doors open 5:45pm

Friday 13 October
Young Frankenstein (PG)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/castell-coch-young-frankenstein-pg
The American neurosurgeon grandson of the famous Baron von Frankenstein travels to Transylvania to prove that his family is not as insane as people believe. However, when he discovers grandfather’s diary he is determined to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor’s experiments. This classic Mel Brooks spoof has it all: quotable lines, fantastically unhinged performances and even a tap-dance number.
£15.00 / £12.00
Doors open 8:30pm

Saturday 14 October
The Lego Batman Movie (PG)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/castell-coch-lego-batman-movie-pg
Bruce Wayne discovers that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.
£10.00 / £8.00
Doors open 6:30pm

Saturday 14 October
King Kong (PG)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/castell-coch-king-kong-pg
When a film crew go to a tropical island for an exotic shoot they discover the colossal beast who takes a shine to their blonde film star. In the struggle for survival they must escape the jungle to get back to their base in New York, but is the modern city any safer from Kong? Join us for this special screening of the greatest movie monster of all time.
£15 / £12
Doors open 8:30pm

Caerphilly Castle screenings

Friday 17 November
Despicable Me 3 (U)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-despicable-me-3-u
Gru, Lucy and their Minions come face-to-face with Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru and team up to steal the diamond stolen by 80s child star Balthazar Bratt.
£10 / £8
Doors open 2:30pm

Friday 17 November
Beauty and the Beast
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-beauty-beast-pg
Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
£10 / £8
Doors open 5:00pm

Friday 17 November
Young Frankenstein
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-young-frankenstein-pg

The American neurosurgeon grandson of the famous Baron von Frankenstein (“pronounced ‘Fronkensteen.’’) travels to Transylvania to prove that his family is not as insane as people believe. However, when he discovers grandfather’s diary he is determined to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor’s experiments. This classic Mel Brooks spoof has it all: quotable lines, fantastically unhinged performances and even a tap-dance number.
£15 / £12
Doors open 8:00pm

Saturday 18 November
Despicable Me 3 (U)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-despicable-me-3-u
Gru, Lucy and their Minions come face-to-face with Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru and team up to steal the diamond stolen by 80s child star Balthazar Bratt.
£10 / £8
Doors open 12:00pm

Saturday 18 November
Beauty and the Beast
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-beauty-beast-pg
Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
£10 / £8
Doors open 2:30pm

Saturday 18 November
King Kong
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-king-kong-pg
When a film crew go to a tropical island for an exotic shoot they discover the colossal beast who takes a shine to their blonde film star. In the struggle for survival they must escape the jungle to get back to their base in New York, but is the modern city any safer from Kong? Join us for this special screening of the greatest movie monster of all time.
£15 / £12
Doors open 5:30pm

Saturday 18 November
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (15)
Book tickets here: https://www.chapter.org/caerphilly-castle-led-zeppelin-song-remains-same-15
Bombastic and narcissistic, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same is also one of the best concert films of the 1970s, capturing the greatest rock band in a decade in full flight at Madison Square Gardens in 1976. With interviews with band members, notorious ‘fantasy sequences’ and definitive versions of ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Dazed and Confused’ and many more, this remains an essential document of an era of unforgettable rock.  
£15 / £12
Doors open 8:00pm