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Films & Events

The Birks Cinema offers a range of entertainment options - the latest films and special screenings, live events, stage-on-screen, and more.

  • Exhibition on Screen: John Singer Sargent

    John Singer Sargent is known as the greatest portrait artist of his era. What made his ‘swagger’ portraits remarkable was his power over his sitters, what they wore and how they were presented to the audience. Through interviews with curators, contemporary fashionistas and style influencers, Exhibition on Screen’s film will examine how Sargent’s unique practice has influenced modern art, culture and fashion. Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Tate Britain, London, the exhibition...

  • Sick of Myself

    Presented in Partnership with Heartland Film Society. Language: Norwegian with English subtitles. Increasingly overshadowed by her boyfriend’s recent rise to fame as a contemporary artist creating sculptures from stolen furniture, Signe hatches a vicious plan to reclaim her rightfully deserved attention within the milieu of Oslo’s cultural scene....

    15 | 1h 37m
  • The Nettle Dress

    Join us on Monday 25 March at 7:30pm for a special screening of the documentary, The Nettle Dress. The film is followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the film's director and main contributor. From 7:00pm and after the film, we will have a demonstration of spinning nettle fiber with Shian Miller and Karen Haggis will be bringing her little nettle shop.Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand, just from the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. Th...

  • Argylle

    From the twisted mind of Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise, Kick-Ass) comes Argylle, a razor-witted, reality-bending, globe-encircling spy thriller. Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly’s fictional books—which center on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate—begin to m...

    12A | 2h 19m
  • Wicked Little Letters

    A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy. Based on a stranger than fiction true story, WICKED LITTLE LETTERS follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foulmouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national up...

    15 | 1h 42m
  • Six Nations Rugby: Italy v Scotland

    Six Nations rugby, live from Stadio Olimpico, Rome. This is a free but ticketed event. Recommended donation of £5 when making your booking. Your support will help us to fund more events like this!...

  • Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    Directed and choreographed by Kate Prince Based on the songs of Sting with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company A Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK production co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from f...

  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at the Birks

    Celebrate Mother's Day at the Birks Cinema!Join us for a special afternoon tea on 10 March at 3:00pm.Treat your Mum to an exquisite afternoon tea featuring delicious treats from local chocolatier Charlotte Flower, accompanied by mouthwatering sandwich, scones, and cakes expertly crafted by her and her talented team. It's a super special treat your Mum truly deserves.£20 per person...

  • National Theatre Live: Nye

    National Theatre Live Nye a new play by Tim Price directed by Rufus Norris Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS. Confronted with death, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill. Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Isla...

  • Six Nations Rugby: Ireland v Scotland

    Six Nations rugby, live from Aviva Stadium, Dublin. This is a free but ticketed event. Recommended donation of £5 when making your booking. Your support will help us to fund more events like this!...

  • Your Fat Friend

    This special screening will include a recorded Q&A with Aubrey Gordon and Jeanie Finlay. Made over 6 years, acclaimed director Jeanie Finlay charts the rise of writer and activist Aubrey Gordon from anonymous blogger to NYTimes best selling author and beloved podcaster. Her aim? A paradigm shift in the way we see fat people and the fat on our own bodies. Her life changing work has brought her an ardent, international audience but also threats to her life. One of her biggest challenges is getting...

    15 | 1h 56m
  • Dune: Part Two

    The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Wonka,” “Call Me by Your Name”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning”), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Avengers: End Game,” “Milk”), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (“Elvis,” “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood”), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (“Black Widow,” “L...

    12A | 2h 46m
  • Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 - A Night Of Adventure Films

    Kendal Mountain Tour 2024: A Night Of Adventure Films Prepare for an unforgettable night of adventure as the Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 comes to life! Join us on a journey through the world's most breathtaking landscapes with a selection of award winning films showcasing the year’s most daring feats of courage and tales of human resilience. Whether you're a seasoned explorer or simply someone who appreciates the majesty of nature, this tour promises to ignite your sense of adventure and leave y...

    12+ | 2h 15m
  • The Royal Opera: CARMEN

    Sung in French with English subtitles. A co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and La Scala, Milan. Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet's score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the title role. Running time 220 minutes (including one interval)...

  • Like Water For Chocolate

    In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage. Language: Spanish language with English subtitles. We will be startin...

    15 | 1h 45m
  • The Royal Ballet: SWAN LAKE

    Out hunting, Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans. One among them transforms into the beautiful human Odette and he is immediately enamoured. But Odette is bound by a spell which keeps her captive as a swan during the day. Can Siegfried free her? Tchaikovsky’s sensational score combines with the evocative imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane to heighten the dramatic pathos of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s quintessential ballet classic. Swan Lake re...

  • Loch Ness - They Created a Monster

    Join us for a special screening of the documentary 'Loch Ness: They Created a Monster', the unbelievable story, behind the unbelievable story. A new take on Loch Ness, it’s affectionate, funny, shocking and wonderous. When you look deeper into Loch Ness, you’ll be amazed by what you find.... Followed by a Q&A with the director John MacLaverty....

    12A | 1h 30m
  • Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

    For the 19th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films with all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 10th. Language: These short films are presented in various languages. THE AFT...

    15 | 2h 19m
  • The Royal Opera: ANDREA CHÉNIER

    Sung in Italian with English subtitles. At a glittering party in 18th-century Paris, the poet Andréa Chenier delivers an impassioned denunciation of Louis XVI. Five years later, the Revolution has given way to the Terror, transforming the power balance between Chénier, his beloved Maddalena, and Gérard, the man who could destroy him... Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano – who conducts Giordano’s epic historica...

  • Talking Pictures: Scottish Landscape Painting

    To complement our Exhibition on Screen programme and other art exhibitions in Scotland, we are running a series of 4 Art History slide-talks led by Andrew Paterson - a local artist and art historian, currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning. Monday 4th March, 7:30 PM City Art Centre Edinburgh - 250 Years of Scottish Landscape Painting (ends 2 June). Each talk will last approximately one hour. Ticket Price: £12 one talk £40 for all 4 talks Add all...

  • National Theatre Live: The Motive and the Cue

    The Motive and the Cue a new play by Jack Thorne directed by Sam Mendes Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play. 1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon th...

  • I Know Where I’m Going!

    Join us for a a special introduction and Q&A following the film. From the prestigious Powell And Pressburger team comes a story of learning the difference between money and happiness. Joan Webster leaves her home town to marry a wealthy tenant of a tiny Hebridean island. When there is a storm, however, she is washed towards the Island of Mull. There she meets a new world of people, where there is much happiness but little money. She encounters Torquil, a landowner. The two fall in love, and Joa...

    PG | 1h 32m
  • National Theatre Live: Vanya

    National Theatre Live Vanya adapted by Simon Stephens, after Anton Chekhov directed by Sam Yates designed by Rosanna Vize Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions. Filmed live during its sold-out run in London’s West End, Vanya will...

    15 | 1h 50m
  • The Royal Opera: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

    Sung in Italian with English subtitles. When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion –with tragic consequences. With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-brea...

  • The Taste of Things

    Peerless cook Eugenie (Juliette Binoche) has worked for the famous gourmet Dodin (Benoît Magimel) for the last 20 years. Bonding over a passion for gastronomy and mutual admiration, their relationship develops into romance and gives rise to delicious dishes that impress even the world's most illustrious chefs. But Eugenie is fond of her freedom and has never wanted to marry Dodin. So, he decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her. A delectable feast for the senses, THE TASTE...

    12A | 2h 15m
  • Migration

    The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica. As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-...

    tbc | 1h 23m
  • Talking Pictures: John Singer Sargent

    To complement our Exhibition on Screen programme and other art exhibitions in Scotland, we are running a series of 4 Art History slide-talks led by Andrew Paterson - a local artist and art historian, currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning. Monday 18th March, 7:30 PM John Singer Sargent (limited run 16/21 April, Tate Britain exhibition from 22nd Feb to 7th July) Each talk will last approximately one hour. Ticket Price: £12 one talk £40 for all 4...

Sunday, March 3rd

Thursday, March 14th

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You may notice less showings after this date. We add more films weekly (every Tuesday night) so please check back after that time or keep scrolling to see what’s on sale.

Sunday, March 17th