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Nightmare Alley (15) (AD)

Parent and Baby Screening

Bradley Cooper's character in Nightmare Alley in a carnival tunnel striped with red and white

Academy Award winner Guillermo Del Toro returns with a slick and seedy film noir adaptation, boasting an all-star cast

It’s 1939, America is beginning to feel the anxieties of World War II, and the unscrupulous Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) is looking to reinvent himself after committing an undisclosed crime. True to Del Toro’s style, Nightmare Alley is a uniquely stylised and impeccably realised version of the world, marrying reality with imaginings – or nightmares – to draw the audience in to his spectacle.

In his quest for reinvention, Stan happens upon a carnival, ring-led by Willem Dafoe’s Clem Hoatley and after experiencing the brilliance (or grift) of carny performers played by Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins, decides this is the world he will write himself in to. This is until he encounters Cate Blanchett’s Lilith Ritter, a corrupt and unholy psychiatrist who proves to be even more dangerous than he is.

US 2021 Dir Guillermo Del Toro 150 min

Our Parent and Baby screenings are designed for adults to enjoy the latest film releases with their young babies, in a relaxed atmosphere with gentler lighting and sound. Screenings are suitable for babies of 12 months or under. Up to four adults can accompany a baby, but adults without a baby will not be admitted.

We have plenty of dedicated space for you to park your baby buggy. For health and safety reasons, we cannot allow buggies inside the cinemas.

There is audio description available for this title. We provide audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones. Please ask a member of staff for a set of headphones.

Booking is essential, so please book your tickets before attending.

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