Saturday Double Bills
Our classic double-bill pairings
Another firm favourite from Ipswich Film Theatre’s past – the double bill!
The movie double bill originated in the 1930’s when back then the screening would begin with a variety programme consisting of trailers, a newsreel, a cartoon/and or short film preceding a low-budget second feature (often referred to then as the B Movie) followed by a short intermission and then finally, the high-budget main feature (or A movie).
By the 1960’s and early 70’s the double-bill 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 when advertising or trailering each film.
Thankfully the double-bills 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-bills back in the day and this is something we are proud to be bringing back.
We are even more excited as the British filmmaker, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) has kindly allowed us to screen many of the double-bill feature ideas that 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-bills 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.