Phoenix will host a special evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the now defunct VHS videotape on Sunday 27th September, as part of Scalarama, a worldwide festival of cult film taking place throughout September.
Curated by specialist film event organisers The Social Cinema, VH-YES! will include a special screening of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China – starring Kurt Russell and Kim Catrall – screened from videotape onto the big screen at 9pm.
Audiences are invited to arrive at Phoenix from 7pm where there will be a ‘videostore paradise’ complete with retro gaming, a videotape exchange, and a film quiz dedicated to cult films, video nasties and all things VHS.
The Social Cinema organiser Alan Morton says: “Everyone has fond memories of growing up with VHS and we’re looking forward to a nostalgic night of celebrating the humble videotape.
“We’re inviting people to bring videos they no longer want to swap at our videotape exchange – we have some real gems on offer in our collection, from classics like Highlander to a few we’d never even heard of before.”
Phoenix Progamme Manager Jake Harvey adds: “We love film in all formats here from digital to 35mm. This is the first time we’ve done a VHS screening on the big screen and we’re excited to see how people react – we’re literally going to pop it in the tape player, press play and let it roll with FBI warnings, cheesy adverts and everything.”
Now in its fifth year, Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema, showcasing the different ways people come together to watch films, filling the land with cinemas every September.
VH-YES! takes place on Sunday 27 September at Phoenix. Tickets for the film screening at 9pm are £3, with free events in the Phoenix Café Bar from 7pm.
Entry to the Film Quiz costs £1 per team member (max. 5 per team). Tickets can be bought online or on the night. To reserve quiz place, call the Box Office on 0116 242 2800.