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Towner Cinema, Towner Art Gallery
Devonshire Park College Road Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

Welcome to our February Cinema highlights. We are in the most glittering part of the film calendar – awards season – and anticipate a busy period, so advance booking is recommended!

New releases
Due to high demand, we’ve added extra screenings of Greta Gerwig’s reworking of the classic Little Women (8 to 19 February). This is followed by Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit (15 to 20 February) and Armando Iannucci’s much anticipated and thoroughly magical The Personal History of David Copperfield (22 to 27 February).

In Robert Eggers latest film, The Lighthouse (29 February to 5 March), Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson go head to head as two sparring lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Special events
We’re celebrating the opening of our latest exhibition, Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works with a brand-new 4K restoration of Jack Hazan’s portrait of Hockney, A Bigger Splash (29 February & 5 March).

“Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn’t seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it.” Rolling Stone

We’re marking this year’s LGBT+ History Month with a screening The Wizard of Oz (9 Feb) which we’re pleased to present in association with Eastbourne Rainbow. The film will be introduced by Dr Niall Richardson (University of Sussex), discussing the meaning of the film – and its star, Judy Garland – for the gay community, including influencing the creation of the Pride flag.

2020 also marks the centenary of the birth of Italian master Frederico Fellini, which we will be marking with screenings of new restorations of one of his finest films 8½ (1 & 6 February).

“A masterpiece by cinema’s ultimate dreamer” The Guardian

Half term
Monsters, Inc.
20 February, 1.30pm
Join us this February half-term for a family matinee of one of Pixar’s best-loved films, Monsters, Inc., which opens the door to a world of monsters and mayhem, revealing the secret business of scares.

The Cult Film Club
The Dead + Director Q&A
27 February, 7.00pm
The Cult Film Club present The Dead, in which a US Air Force engineer finds himself stranded in Africa, battling the living dead to survive. Director Howard J. Ford joins us for a Q&A following a screening of his film. The Dead, Howard J. Ford, 2011

Eastbourne Film Society
Of Fish and Foe
15 & 20 February
In Of Fish and Foe, drama explodes on the Scottish high seas as the last fishing family using traditional salmon nets battle animal activists. Intrepid cameras capture the fight as an even greater enemy emerges to confront them both. Both screenings are introduced by Eastbourne Film Society’s Chair Mansel Stimpson.

Cinema Bar
Our Cinema Bar opens 45 minutes before each screening. Come for a drink before the film, or enjoy a drink and a snack in the comfort of the auditorium during the film.

See you there!