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Poltergeist (1982) Film screening

City Films

Former Bristol IMAX, Bristol Aquarium  |  £8.50 / £5

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Originally conceived as a horror sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind called Night Skies, Poltergeist has become one of the most iconic horror films of the 1980s.

Made at the same time as Spielberg was filming ET – The Extra Terrestrial, Poltergeist was helmed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, who managed to deliver thrills and spills within the Amblin parameters.

Steve Freeling moves his family into a new housing development and they begin to settle in. But strange things soon start happening and it appears that the Freelings are not alone in their home. At first, the spectral presence appears benign, simply moving objects around the house – then the hauntings start to intensify and Carol Anne, the family’s youngest member, vanishes through a mysterious portal.

Director: Tobe Hooper
15 / US /114 minutes

This screening is part of Forbidden Worlds Film Festival and Future City Film Festival. Future City Film Festival normally takes place every two years in the autumn but had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic. It will now run through 2022 as a series of special events. We are grateful to the British Film Institute for their support for the festival.

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Booking Information

Tickets can be booked via the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival website. Ticketing is managed by Tito and the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival. Please check their terms and conditions and privacy policy when booking as Bristol Ideas do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies. Please contact Forbidden Worlds Film Festival with any queries.

Accessibility Information

Please note that entry to the auditorium is separate from the main Bristol Aquarium entrance. Signage and ushers will be on hand to point you in the right direction.

  • The entrance has level access. There are lifts to the second floor and there is level access inside to the auditorium.
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor of the aquarium and two accessible toilets on the second floor.
  • Some Aquarium staff have BSL training.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have accessibility requirements, please contact Forbidden Worlds Film Festival in advance so the team can assist you in your visit.

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