This December, a pop-up 1950s Christmas cinema is coming to Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie now cared for by the National Trust.
The golden age of cinema
In a 1950s-style marquee at Christie’s Devon retreat, complete with uniformed ushers, a collection of classic films will be screened on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas and from 27-31 December. The 1950s were the heyday of Christie’s family holidays at Greenway and the golden age of cinema.
Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, who spent many happy holidays at Greenway, has chosen the films to be screened, each special to his family. The line-up is:
Witness for the Prosecution: Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Wednesday 27 December.
And Then There Were None: Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Thursday 28 December.
Endless Night, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 and Friday 29 December.
Evil under the Sun: Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Saturday 30 December.
Mystery film: Sunday 31 December.
Mathew Prichard said of his choices: ‘Witness for the Prosecution directed by Billy Wilder, with Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich, is the best of the earlier films. Endless Night may be a controversial choice, but as it’s one of my favourite stories and it’s a bit of a rarity.’
‘Pressed the pause button’
Belinda Smith, Visitor Experience manager at Greenway, said: ‘At Greenway we’ve pressed the pause button on time so that it stands still in the 1950s, when Agatha Christie and her family spent a lot of happy time here.
‘This Christmas we’re recreating a 1950s family Christmas in the house, and styling the pop-up cinema with ’50s touches.’
She went on to say: ‘In the foyer, uniformed ushers will be selling popcorn, cold drinks and sweets, as well as souvenir programmes. At the box office you can get your vintage ticket punched and then you’ll be able to settle down in your red velvet cinema seat, or snuggle into a VIP Chesterfield sofa.’
Screenings will be at 11am and 2pm. Standard seats: adult £14.50, child (3-15) £9.50, group (10+) £13.50. Premier seats: £19.50, child (3-15) £14.50. Normal admission prices to Greenway apply. Booking essential: visit nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway or call 01803 842382.
Greenway will be open 11am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays in December and daily 27-31 December. To book a parking space, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway or call 01803 842382.
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(from a press release)