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 info@ipswichfilmtheatre.co.uk.

Three Days of the Condor (15)

Saturday 2 Jan

Build your own Double Feature with THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE FUGITIVE. Tickets purchased separately. On a seemingly ordinary day, Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a quiet CIA codebreaker, walks into his workplace and finds that all of his…

The Fugitive (15)

Saturday 2 Jan

Build your own Double Feature with THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE FUGITIVE. Tickets purchased separately. Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his…

Rocky (PG)

Saturday 9 Jan

Build your own Double Feature with ROCKY and ROCKY II. Tickets sold seperately. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo…

Rocky II (PG)

Saturday 9 Jan

Build your own Double Feature with ROCKY and ROCKY II. Tickets sold seperately. ROCKY II presented on 35mm. Although working-class Rocky lost his high-profile bout with the cocky world champion Apollo Creed, his Cinderella story has caught the…

Do the Right Thing (15)

Saturday 16 Jan

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright. Build your own Double Feature with DO THE RIGHT THING and BOYZ N THE HOOD. Tickets sold seperately. Despite 30 years having passed since the film’s explosion onto the stage…

Boyz N The Hood (15)

Saturday 16 Jan

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright. Build your own Double Feature with DO THE RIGHT THING and BOYZ N THE HOOD. Tickets sold seperately. Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles (Larry…

American Graffiti (12A)

Saturday 30 Jan

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright. Build your own Double Feature with AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ANIMAL HOUSE. On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, as high school friends Curt, Steve, Terry and John cruise the streets of…

Animal House (15)

Saturday 30 Jan

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright. Build your own Double eature with AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ANIMAL HOUSE. When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt to pledge…

Seasons & Strands

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Saturday Double Bills

Our classic double-bill pairings

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Film on Film

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