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Vertigo (PG)

Outdoor Cinema

Kim Novak in a white coat and James Stewart in a black suit and hat embrace, in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

James Stewart and Kim Novak star in Hitchcock’s stone-cold classic about what happens when love turns into haunting obsession.

John 'Scottie' Ferguson (Stewart) is a retired police detective with vertigo; a result of a tragic rooftop chase in which another office fell to his death. After retirement, he’s hired as a private investigator by an old acquaintance from college, who believes his wife Madeleine (Novak) may be a danger to herself and asks Scottie to follow her. After spending time together, Scottie soon falls for Madeline, but this is not your average love story. What follows is a twisting, turning mystery based on a love which has transformed into deep, dark obsession. 

From Bernard Herrmann’s dramatic score to Robert Burks’ glorious cinematography, Vertigo is as iconic as they come; with unforgettable melodies and images that will haunt viewers long after the credits have rolled. The perfect title to see against a backdrop of the City night sky.

US 1958 Dir Alfred Hitchcock 128 min 

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Event info

Information might change closer to the events taking place, so it’s worth double checking nearer the time, and we’ll be in touch with the most important information before your screening. 

Coming to the screening 
It’s first come, first served with seating – you can claim your seats up to an hour before the screening. Seat pads are available, although you're welcome to bring your own if you prefer to, or to be extra comfy.
 
You’ll be given a pair of headphones to listen to the film through; there won’t be any speakers outside. You’ll collect these on arrival and hand them in on the way back. 

We can’t provide blankets, but we advise you to bring one along, as well as a jacket or coat and anything else you’d like to have with you after sundown, as it’ll get chilly.
 
Please don’t bring large bags or lots of stuff with you, as there’s no cloakroom available.
 
Come in up to 15 minutes after the advertised start time. Staff members are there to help you find an available seat. If you arrive late, you’ll be missing the film – we’re punctual!

You’re free to take pictures of the screening area until the film begins, but after that, please don’t take photo or video once the film has started - the same piracy rules apply as they would for an indoor cinema. Also, please respect the privacy of our residents and your fellow audience members. 

Food and drink
In the Conservatory a Bonfire pop up will serve burgers, fries and nachos to enjoy before the screening as well as a bar serving drinks. Only food and drink bought on site can be eaten and drunk on site. Glass bottles aren’t allowed for the safety of you and fellow audience members.

Access
Outdoor Cinema is wheelchair accessible: there is a ramp leading to the screening area. Please let us know in advance if you need assistance by emailing us at [email protected]
Assistance dogs are welcomed (but no pets, sorry!)

If there’s rain 
We’re at the mercy of the British summer. If the forecast looks like rain, we recommend you bring waterproof clothing. We’d ask you not to bring umbrellas though, so the person behind can still enjoy the film. 
We’ll cancel and refund if the weather is deemed to be extreme or unsafe. If that happens, you’ll receive an email from us. 
 
Social distancing 
This open-air event isn’t socially distanced. Take a look at our Covid safety information. 

Finding the Sculpture Court

Just arrive through our main entrance and the Sculpture Court is up on level 3, just outside the Art Gallery. If you’re unfamiliar with our venue, don’t worry – we’ll provide directions on how to get here nearer the time. 

Finally, we’d ask you to remember that the Outdoor Cinema is in a residential area, so we’d kindly ask you to be as quiet as possible when you’re leaving.