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Steven Spielberg | 2021 | 156 MINS
Open Air Screening at Priory Park

The classic musical gets not only the Spielberg treatment, with fierce rivalries and ill-fated romance clashing in steamy 50s New York, but also the Chichester Film Festival Open Air treatment, where you can enjoy quality film on the huge outdoor screen.

In Detail

Spielberg was obsessed with the original cast soundtrack of 'West Side Story' before the original film had been made. He used to imagine the action and dancing that might accompany it. Finally, he has translated idle daydreams into celluloid magic with a blistering reworking of one of cinema’s most iconic films.

The story focuses on teenagers Tony and Maria who fall in love despite having affiliations with street gangs, the Jets and Sharks in 1950s New York. 'Romeo and Juliet' is the source material here with Ansel Elgort ('Baby Driver') as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria. Expect dazzling choreography and a night of joyous fun.

We are delighted to have DAWN GRACIE to perform prior to the film.
Dawn Gracie is an award winning vintage & cabaret entertainer based in Chichester. Her heels are firmly planted in the 50s & 60s and she is known for her love of immersing her audiences and literally getting in the crowd and getting the party started! Dawn is really looking forward to warming up the cinema goers on 6 Aug for the pre film singalong where she will take everyone back to the 50s era.

Advance Tickets £11.50 (£13 on the day if available)
Kids £7 (£8 on the day if available)
No membership discounts available

- The only Open-Air events where the films are screened from equipment just as you would get in a cinema. (Not from a DVD/BluRay).
- The Screen is huge, and most importantly, stable (i.e. not inflatable).
- The screenings take place at Chichester's beautiful Priory Park.
- They form part of the prestigious Chichester International Film Festival.

Book early.
Musical Entertainment from 19:30 - Gates open 19:00
Films start at Dusk (app. 20:30) Bring a Picnic Blanket or Chair, and a Picnic Basket filled with your favourite goodies.
Fenwick's Café will be open for Drinks & Snacks

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With Special Guest - Dawn Gracie