The movie double feature originated in the 1930’s when the screening would begin with a variety programme consisting of trailers, a newsreel, a cartoon or short film preceding a low-budget second feature (often referred to as the B Movie) followed by a short intermission and then finally, the high-budget main feature (or A Movie).
By the early 1970’s the double-feature had been discontinued as distributors fought to have their films considered as the A film rather than the B movie, and exhibitors were discouraged from separating the features.
Thankfully the double-features saw a revival in the early 2000’s with several cinemas around the world adopting them and allowing their programmers to have some fun with the films that they selected.
The Ipswich Film Theatre would often screen double-features in its early days and this is something we are proud to bring back.
We are even more excited as the British filmmaker, Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Last Night In Soho) has kindly allowed us to screen many of the fantasy double-features he put together during lockdown and help promote our screenings via his Twitter feed!
So look out for a few very special Edgar Wright double-features over the coming months as well as some we have put together around our monthly seasons and regular programming.
If you are interested in sponsoring these screenings then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.