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Your chance to watch Elf on the big screen this Christmas, thanks to Winnersh cinema

Will Ferrell as Buddy in the film Elf

THE festive season will soon be getting underway and for many, that means seeing some of their favourite films.

But released several years ago, this usually means catching them on the small screen rather than the silver screen. This is all about to change, thanks to a Winnersh cinema. 

During Advent, four favourites will be shown at the Showcase between Sunday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 25.

Launching the season is one of the highest-rated modern Christmas hits: Will Ferrell’s comedy Elf, which tells the story of a human raised as one of Santa’s little helpers who has to learn what life in New York is really like… and save the day in the process. 

It will be screened on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, December 16. 

Gremlins is the second film and is a cult 1980s classic: the Gremlins look cute and cuddly, but if you feed them after midnight, trouble awaits. 

The film has been restored to 4K ultra definition meaning the naughtiness will really pop out of the screen as they go on their Christmas Eve rampage. 

This will be shown on Monday, December 9 and Sunday, December 15. 

White Christmas, one of the most-seen Hollywood musicals ever, stars Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney with a score by Irving Berlin. It needs like introduction, as it’s been a staple of festive celebrations since 1954. 

It will be shown on Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 18. 

The fourth film in the season is the lesser-known The Bishop’s Wife. Made in 1947, it sees Cary Grant star as an angel sent to help a bishop (David Niven) who is fixated on fundraising for a cathedral, losing sight of what really matters. Divine intervention on Christmas Eve saves all in a heart-warming tale of love. 

It will be screened on Wednesday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 17. 

James Dobbin, director of Event Cinema for Showcase Cinemas, said: “We are very excited to be screening a selection of Christmas films this December. 

“With the hustle and bustle of the season, we want to offer guests a chance to escape at Showcase Cinema and experience the warmth and magic of watching some festive classics.”

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