10 Reasons to Book a Festive Film Experience at Tyneside Cinema this Christmas

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1 - You're Supporting an Important North East Charity 

Tyneside Cinema is the North East's leading specialised cinema and digital arts venue with an interesting history. It's been an institution in Newcastle City Centre since 1937 and has been going for a lot longer than Fenwick's Window. As a registered charity and independent arts venue, I would like  Tyneside Cinema to be enjoyed for generations to come and always feel that Christmas is a time where I want to give my money to charities and independent businesses when I can. Booking a festive experience at Tyneside Cinema does just that and gives you all the festive feels.


2  - The Grinch Sold Out in 48 Hours 

Have you heard about the Grinch Family Event? The original date sold out within 48 hours of going on sale. Not to worry if you missed out as more dates have been added now but if you're interested, I'd book sooner rather than later in order to avoid disappointment. The experience includes a viewing of the live-action remake, Grinch shakes and cookies and a chance to meet and have your photo taken with the main man the Grinch himself (I have met him - he's hilarious and definitely the real deal). Tickets are available to book online here. 

3 - Die Hard vs The Holiday - You Can See Both 

We have this debate in our house every Christmas - which is the best Christmas movie? I LOVE The Holiday whereas Steve says it's not Christmas without Die Hard. Tyneside Cinema have provided experiences for those on both sides of the fence and you can enjoy a Die Hard Double Bill or The Holiday experience which is complete with Prosecco, Chocolate, Popcorn and Tissues. I know which one gets my vote!

4 - Watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' on the Big Screen

I am very late to the party and only watched 'It's a Wonderful Life' two years ago when we stayed in a cottage in Northumberland. What a brilliant film! I cried so much. It's a bit of a new tradition for Harry, Steve and I to watch it together every year now (the younger two aren't interested yet) and I would love to see this film on the big screen. It's a brilliant option for bringing the older generations along to as well. There are a couple of options available at Tyneside this year including It's A Wonderful Life Festive Sing-A-Long with festive jazz music played live on stage before the film starts or how about A Night of Good Cheer which includes a live choir, film screening of It's A Wonderful Life, Mulled Wine, Mince Pie and then live music and a glass of fizz in the Art Deco Coffee Rooms afterwards. Or you can simply just watch the movie without any extras, enjoy with afternoon tea or view as part of Tyneside Baby Club - all of the options are available to book here. 

5 - All Aboard The Polar Express 

I must admit, I'm just not keen on this film but I know children up and down the UK absolutely love it. If you don't fancy travelling all the way to Weardale for the train experience and are looking for an event that's indoors and not weather dependent, I really think the Polar Express Family Experience at Tyneside Cinema looks like a fantastic option for families. This looks really special - children will receive a personalised golden ticket posted to their home address, guests will be encouraged to attend in their PJs and dressing gowns just like the movie, all guests will receive a hot chocolate and gingerbread man to enjoy with the film and once the movie is over, Father Christmas will appear on stage and greet all of the children with a gift. I think a lot of thought has been put into this event and it will make a lovely family experience. Find out more and book online here.  There's also an option available with the hot chocolate and gingerbread man treat only available to book here. 

6 - Catch A Christmas Classic 

Gremlins, Die Hard, Home Alone, A Muppets Christmas Carol - Tyneside Cinema has you covered! Whether you want to introduce your children to a classic or re-watch one of your favourites on the big screen, there are lots of options to choose from. Check out the full programme and book online here. 

7 - You Can Enjoy Mulled Cider with a Film 

All of the screens at Tyneside Cinema are licensed and the Tyneside Bar Cafe serves a fantastic range of drinks which you can take into the screen with you. Rumour has it, there'll be mulled cider and mince pies available this year which will really add to the festive mood - I can't think of another cinema which will offer this.

8 - Tyneside Cinema is in the Heart of Newcastle 


I very much suggest booking to see a film at Tyneside Cinema as part of a wider day out in Newcastle. Its city-centre location is unrivalled and the options for a festive day out are neverending. Christmas shopping with the girls followed by a screening of the Holiday? Fenwicks Window with the kids and then tickets to see Home Alone? Date night in Newcastle with a trip to the Christmas Market and then snuggling up to watch Gremlins? SO many possibilities. 

9 - Enjoy a Relaxed Screening 

Tyneside Cinema are inclusive and have put together a relaxed version of The Polar Express this Christmas. Expect the sound to be turned down, the screening to not be so dark, captions or subtitles where possible, no trailers, space to move around and make noise during the film, carers go free and a quiet space available. Find out more and book online here.

10 - Bookings Now Open For Christmas Eve 

If you're looking for something festive to enjoy on Christmas Eve this year, Tyneside Cinema have already opened ticket sales for some of their festive films. It's A Wonderful Life and The Muppet Christmas Carol still have availability but again, I'd get in there quickly if you'd like to avoid disappointment.


Let me know what your favourite festive movie is and if any of these experiences are for you. 

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