Fall in love with Cinema Paradiso on Valentine’s Night

A love letter to the cinema: the acclaimed Cinema Paradiso

A love letter to the cinema: the acclaimed Cinema Paradiso

The Stanley Film Club, based at Stanley Halls in South Norwood, falls in love with cinema on Valentines Day, with a screening of the acclaimed Cinema Paradiso.

The Oscar-winning 1988 film (a 15 certificate), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, is widely regarded as history’s greatest love letter to cinema.

It has been voted by the readers of one British daily newspaper as the greatest foreign language movie of all time.

“Let yourself be transported back to 1940s Italy, where a little boy discovers the magic of the movies and begins a lifelong friendship with the village projectionist,” say the people behind the film club.

“Snuggle up with your loved one in the main theatre of our elegant Grade II-listed venue, the perfect setting for this enchanting story of friendship, first love and nostalgia. Or simply indulge in a date night with cinema itself.”


The screening starts at 7pm, but doors will open at 5pm for Italian-style food, vintage music, fresh popcorn and other romantic treats.

The club organisers want cinema-goers to pay tribute to the big screen on Twitter @stanleyfilmclub – by telling of the moment you fell in love with cinema, using the hashtag #StanleyLovesCinema. Tweets will projected on the night.

Tickets are £10 at full price, but members of the Stanley Film Club can book their place for just £7. And in the interest of Valentines Day romance, club members are allowed to book a second ticket at the same price, too.

To book tickets, or to join the Stanley Film Club, click here


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