The Dream Palace

Dir: Alex Ayre

United Kingdom (UK)


74 mins




The debut feature documentary from British director Alex Ayre, The Dream Palace explores the unique history of Tyneside Cinema, one of the UK’s best loved independent venues, while casting its gaze more widely to celebrate what going to the cinema means to people around the world.

Featuring contributions from dozens of members of the public as well as filmmakers including Ken Loach, Andrea Riseborough, Mark Cousins and Sir Ridley Scott, whose great uncle opened the Tyneside Cinema in 1937, The Dream Palace explores the profound cultural  impact the cinema has had on Newcastle and its inhabitants, inspiring generations of cinema-goers from its first screening to date.

At a time when modern technology allows us to watch a film anywhere, The Dream Palace celebrates the very act of going to the cinema: entering a darkened space, sitting with other people and surrendering to the power of the pictures hurtling down the projector’s beam…

**Please note: This film will run in an evening screening on Sunday 8th July at 6.30 pm. It will be open free to Screening Days delegates and to the public via paid tickets.

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