Summer film fun for kids

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YOU are invited to bring the kids to enjoy a season of family films in Lancaster this school holiday.

The Dukes Theatre cinema’s season of child-friendly films starts at 11am on Saturday, August 18, with Labyrinth (PG), Jim Henson’s wonderful puppet-filled fantasy film, screening from a remastered print.

When her baby brother Toby is stolen by the Goblin King, young Sarah must mount a rescue operation through a creature-filled Labyrinth. She has until midnight to complete her quest, otherwise Toby will become a goblin forever.

Other family screenings coming up are My Neighbour Totoro (cert U) at 11am on Saturday, August 25 and A Cat In Paris (PG) at 11am on Saturday, September 1.

With films like Spirited Away, Hayo Miyazaki has garnered worldwide acclaim, but his early My Neighbour Totoro remains one of his most charming works.

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the mystical yet cuddly forest spirits who live nearby, including the unforgettable Catbus.

The enchanting Oscar-nominated animation A Cat In Paris tells the story of Dino the cat, who each night leaves his adoring owner Zoe to team up with a big-hearted burglar called Nico.

Tickets for all the family screenings are priced £3.

Mini Movies – special daytime screenings for those looking after very tiny tots, aged up to one-year-old – are also in the pipeline for the first time at The Dukes.

These screenings allow those looking after babies to enjoy a film without worrying about the audience reaction should their tots decide to gurgle, cry and scream.

Both The Dark Knight Rises (12A) on August 13 and Anna Karenina (Cert TBC) on September 17 are screened at 11am. Proof of baby’s age is required to register.

The Dark Knight Rises is the final instalment of the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, and Anna Karenina is a lavish and innovative adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Mini Movies tickets are priced £5.50(£4.50 concessions). To book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.