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Coraline: Underground Cinema

Sunday 15th March | Doors: 15:00 | Film Start: 15:15 | Approx. End: 16:55

Venture underground into the Redcliffe Caves this March, as the festival’s biannual screening series returns – our Underground Cinema an unforgettable way to discover, or rediscover, some of the silver screen’s hidden gems, pop culture milestones and genre highlights.

Delve deep into one of the most unique locations in Bristol, and forget about the outside world for a couple of hours… Whether you’re settling down for a favourite fantasy film or a cult classic, it’s sure to be one of the year’s most memorable movie viewing experiences.

Sunday of our March 2020 season focuses on the darker side of fantasy, and our afternoon programme continues with the delightfully creepy big kids’ film Coraline.

There are soft, hot and alcoholic beverages available to purchase at the surface, including a pop-up ale bar courtesy of our festival partners, Wickwar Wessex Brewing.

Please make sure that you have read the guidelines contained in the Important Information tab above before booking your tickets.


2009 | PG | 101 mins

Bored and feeling neglected by her parents after moving home, young Coraline finds a secret door that leads to a fantastic parallel world that mirrors her own. Initially, she is enamoured with this seemingly idyllic substitute, but there are troubling questions that mask dark answers – like why does her new mother have buttons sewed over her eyes…?

STARRING: Dakota Fanning | Teri Hatcher | Dawn French | Jennifer Saunders | Keith David

DIRECTOR: Henry Selick

PRODUCER: Bill Mechanic | Claire Jennings | Henry Selick | Mary Mandell

WRITTEN BY: Henry Selick, based on a novel by Neil Gaiman

THEY SAY: “It is certainly exciting, but rather than race through ever noisier set pieces toward a hectic climax in the manner of so much animation aimed at kids, Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling” – The New York Times, 2009

WE SAY: A must-see for any Tim Burton fan, this brilliant indie gem (the debut feature for the studio that also produced Paranorman and Kubo and the Two Strings) has enough darkness to entice adults as well as braver children! Beautifully animated and has flashes of the murkier elements of Alice In Wonderland, too…

Important Information

Venue Information

  • Our stewards reserve the right to refuse entry to those who they believe to be under the appropriate age for each film’s BBFC certification who cannot produce photographic ID. Individuals who fail to produce ID when asked will not be admitted to the venue, and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please note: the caves are an intense environment and may not be suitable for younger children, even if a film is PG rated. Parental discretion is advised.
  • Food and glass bottles are not allowed in the venue. Personal alcohol supplies may not be brought into the Caves; the onsite bar will be selling several ales from the Wickwar Wessex range. A Challenge 25 policy will be in operation.
  • Drunken or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. Any individual acting in a manner deemed inappropriate by our staff  will be removed from the venue. Any individuals removed from the premises due to their behaviour will not be entitled to a refund.
  • It is advisable to wear warm, weather-appropriate clothing in the caves as well as sturdy, appropriate footwear. The caves can be cold, particularly at night, and are uneven underfoot in places. Seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring extra cushions and blankets if you wish – although it is worth noting that they may get dusty! Please exercise your own judgement regarding suitable attire based on this advice and the weather conditions. 
  • Please follow the instructions of onsite stewards at all times, and remain on the clearly designated paths. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the premises. In the case of an emergency, please follow the instructions of our staff.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US. For individuals with accessibility concerns, we highly recommend contacting the team to discuss the venue in further detail.

Event Information

  • Doors for this event will open at 15:00. The film will begin at 13:30 and conclude at approximately 15:15.
  • The film will be screened without subtitles.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US. For individuals with accessibility concerns, we highly recommend contacting the team to discuss the venue in further detail.
  • CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 06.03.20: Currently all of our events are proceeding as scheduled and we are operating a “business as usual” approach. We are monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak carefully, and will continue to follow the advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and local government.
    We encourage all of our staff and visitors to follow the advice regarding personal hygiene measures to assist in preventing the spread of disease, and would strongly advise anybody exhibiting symptoms to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.
    We have a contingency in place to reschedule our screenings for later in the year, in the event of a wide-scale ban on large public gatherings; however, currently this is not the case.
    We look forward to welcoming our guests over the coming weeks and will update our policy accordingly should advice from authorities give reason to do so.


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