Movies at monuments

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Cadw rolls out the red carpet to welcome pop-up cinema to Wales’s most dazzling castles

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is partnering with Chapter Arts Centre this February to couple the magic of cinema with the spectacular setting of some of Wales’s most mystical castles through a series of public film screening events.

Atmospheric surroundings, striking special effects and live soundtrack performances will help create a full cinematic experience for audiences as the stories of the silver screen play out in the dramatic shadows of Castell Coch (1–2 February) and Caerphilly Castle (8–9 February).

The Chapter Arts Centre ‘Darkened Rooms’ screening events are the first of their kind for Cadw, as the organisation attempts to use the arts to inspire visitors to think about Wales’s historic monuments in a different way.

Families can enjoy Tangled — Disney’s 2010 re-telling of traditional fairytale Rapunzel — in Wales’s own fairytale castle, Castell Coch, while the haunting setting of Caerphilly Castle’s Great Hall will add a touch of true gothic horror to screenings of Bride of Frankenstein and 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu.

The open-air setting of Castell Coch will enable audience members to watch some of Hollywood’s brightest stars — including Johnny Depp, Max Schreck and Winona Ryder — under the twinkling stars of south Wales. Visitors are advised to wrap up warm.

Ffion Reynolds, Public Engagement Manager for Cadw, said: 'These events are set to be really special. The dramatic castle surroundings and added special effects will enhance the overall experience for our audience, allowing them to truly capture the thrill of cinema.'

Sally Griffith, Director of Cinema and Film Hub Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, said: 'We are excited to bring the pleasurable terror of the gothic and the pure joy of family entertainment to some of Europe’s most important historical sites. These spectacular settings will give an atmospheric backdrop to some of the most beloved and chilling films ever made, from early silent cinema to more modern thrills.'

Tickets are £6 for family-friendly afternoon events and £12/£10 for evening screenings. They can be purchased at or by calling 02920 304 400.

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