Lighthouse and Dome to host film screenings

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Whitley Bay’s two best-known landmarks are set to be the backdrop for film viewings as a spectacular event returns.

Last year’s Whitley Bay Film Festival impressed audiences with its choice of venues, including a screening of Jaws on the town’s beach, and this year’s follow-up promises more of the same.

St Mary’s Lighthouse and the Spanish City Dome are among the locations event organiser Primate Productions will be using during the ten-day festival, starting on Friday, August 19.

Highlights lined up include showings of the children’s favourite The Goonies and horror classic The Fog at the lighthouse and the 1933 version of King Kong, pictured, at the Dome.

Other venues to be used include the Trojan Rooms and Pure Art Gallery, and other films to be screened include music movies Quadrophenia and Still Crazy.

Funding has been secured from Northern Film and Media and the Arts Council, with support from North Tyneside Council, and Monkseaton-born screenwriter Ian La Frenais will again be the festival’s patron.

Lucy Harland, co-director of Primate Productions, said: “We’re really excited to have secured both funding and the use of iconic local venues for this year’s festival.

“Last year, the amount of support and help we received in the community was fantastic, and we’re now looking for local businesses and people to help make this year’s festival even better.”

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley said: “I’m delighted that the Dome will be used as part of the event.

“It’s such an iconic building, and it’s important that we continue to use it ahead of its future redevelopment.”

Listings, including ticket details, prices, venues and box office locations, will be available at www.whitleybayfilmfestival.co.uk soon.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the festival should e-mail info@ whitleybayfilmfestival.org