CHRISTMAS will be coming to the Congress MOVIE Theatre this year with the announcement that a season of festive treats and movie musicals are going on sale this Friday.

With the ease of lock-down in December it’s a chance to reclaim some of 2020, make plans for Christmas – and give the Crimbo jumper a public airing!

The first dates are A Star is Born (4 December, 7.30pm), Lion King (5 December, 11am and 3pm) and Die Hard (5 December, 7.30pm).

The selection of especially curated movies will include a week of Christmas favourites such as Home Alone, Nativity! and Elf from Friday 18 December along with a mini-season of classic musicals including Greatest Showman and West Side Story from Tuesday 8 December.

The tickets go on sale on Friday 13 November priced at just £8 for adults and £5 for children, all bookings come with a covid-cancellation guarantee, if a film cannot go ahead due to covid-related reasons ticket holders will be eligible for a refund.

The Congress MOVIE Theatre which was launched over the October half-term saw hundreds of people return to the venue to enjoy films on the big screen. Audiences said “We felt very safe” (J Tice – Facebook) and “A GREAT way to watch a movie” (philhobden.co.uk).

For musicals week films its: West Side Story (8 December, 2.30pm), Moulin Rouge (9 December, 7.30pm), Bohemian Rhapsody (10 December, 7.30pm), Mamma Mia! (11 December, 7.30pm) and The Greatest Showman (12 December, 2.30pm and 6pm).

The festive week features: The Nightmare Before Christmas (18 December, 7pm) a double-bill Frozen (11am) followed by Frozen 2 (3pm both 19 December), Nativity! (20 December, 11am and 3pm), Home Alone (21 December, 1.30pm and 4.30pm), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (22 December, 1.30pm and 4.30pm), Elf (23 December 1.30pm and 4.30pm) and Muppet Christmas Carol (Christmas Eve 24 December, 11am and 2.30pm) with plans a-foot for the dreaded Christmas limbo week!

Safety for everyone is paramount and the Congress Theatre offers a secure space which will be thoroughly cleaned after each performance, one-way systems and multiple entrances/exits allow safe access to this recently refurbished venue with large open plan communal areas. The theatre is operating a socially distanced seating plan at these events – which restricts the number of tickets sold so early booking is advised.

All tickets are on sale from Friday 13 November to book online see eastbournetheatres.co.uk adults £8, child tickets £5 (under 16’s).