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Escape From Alcatraz

On Location

Sunday 11th March | Doors: 17:00 | Film Start: 17:15 | Approx. end: 19:00

We’re pleased to announce a new venue addition to our On Location series for Spring 2018: the former police station’s cell block below The Island, in the heart of Bristol. We’ve selected some classic films about prison, law and order for you – come and explore this unusual location, take a “cell-fie” in a holding cell and enjoy a lock-in for a movie experience to remember long after you’re on the outside again…

The screenings continue with Escape From Alcatraz, loosely based on the true story of the only successful escape from the notorious prison island.

Escape From Alcatraz

1979 | 15 | 107 mins

Hardened criminal and noted jailbird Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) is sent to the maximum security prison island Alcatraz, where he soon struggles to cope with the oppressive regime and the stern warden. Along with several other inmates, he concocts an ingenious plan to attempt the impossible and be the first to successfully break off ‘The Rock’.

Starring: Clint Eastwood | Patrick McGoohan | Jack Thibeau | Fred Ward
Director: Don Siegel
Screenplay: Richard Tuggle
Producer: Don Siegel | Robert Daley

THEY SAY: “Escape from Alcatraz is a taut and toughly wrought portrait of life in a prison. It is also a masterful piece of storytelling, in which the characters say little and the camera explains the action. It’s one of those very difficult exercises in which large emotions, like the compulsion to be free, are reflected in minute actions, like the chipping away at stone with a pocket nail clipper.” Roger Ebert, 1979
WE SAY: The fifth and final collaboration between Eastwood and Siegel (with previous efforts including Dirty Harry, this compelling thriller is a masterful exercise in suspense. It was filmed on location at the notorious prison, which had recently been closed, and producers spent $500,000 restoring parts of it, which remain intact to this day!



  • Due to the physical restrictions of the venue, unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to this site, and the venue has no disabled toilet facilities.
  • Please note that access will be via the gateway entrance on Bridewell Street, and not via the main entrance to the Island on Nelson Street.


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