Secret Cinema at the Vulcan

Saturday, May 16, 2020

A truly unique screening of the 1969 film 'The Battle of Britain' in Hangar 5 at London Southend Airport.

With an all-star cast including Sir Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Sir Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York, the film tells the story of the summer and autumn of 1940 when the Royal Air Force defeated the Nazi Luftwaffe, forcing Adolf Hitler to cancel his plans to invade Great Britain.

The film is notable for its spectacular flying sequences, much of which was filmed in the skies over south-east England.

As RAF Rochford, London Southend Airport was an RAF Fighter Command base during the Battle, so this is a unique opportunity to watch the film at an airfield used by 'The Few'.

The ‘cinema’ will be inside airport Hangar 5 with Vulcan XL426 parked outside. There will be the chance to take a free external tour of the aircraft before the film starts and visits to the cockpit (subject to availability) will be available for £6.00 per person. We will put power on the Vulcan before the film starts so visitors can see its bomb doors open and close, and its flying control surfaces move.

To capture that real cinema feel, there will a doughnut, ice cream and popcorn kiosk as well as a licensed bar selling beers, lagers, wines and soft drinks.

Car parking will be available.

Gates open at 6.30 pm with the film screening starting at 8.00 pm.

Adults: £14.00

VRT Members: £11.00

The event is part of the 2020 Southend Film Festival.

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