A humanoid alien visitor – Klaatu – comes to Earth in his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spacecraft, accompanied by a powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort. He has to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race. But will the people of Earth listen? The film reflects the fears and anxiety of the Cold War era and nascent atomic age.

The score, by Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann, blends theremin and other electronic instruments to create a futuristic (in 1951!) landscape.

The Theremin is THE go-to instrument to unsettle and terrify cinema and television audiences. An enigmatic box surmounted by an aerial the Theremin player weaves their hand around it to achieve its signature eerie swooping oscillating tremor. When Jimmy Page played it he transformed into the Sorcerer's Apprentice under Zeppelin's laser show, in the shadow of Theremin's original classical exponent Clara Rockmore. Often marketed as a gimmick on easy listening releases, it has graced and raised the art of The Beach Boys ,Alfred Hitchcock and "Midsummer Murders".

"The Day The Earth Stood Still". showcases composer Bernard Herrmann's Theremin outing in a compelling and strangely contemporary sci fi tale of a visit from an alien played bY the urbane and sinister (Harrogate born) Michael Rennie.
Why has he called on us with his towering robot Gort ?
A clue may lie in his command "Klaatu Barada Nikto"!!

We find that the option of ordering fish and chips at Lighthouse screenings is quite popular. If you'd like to order fish and chips please arrive at the stated 'doors opening' time (above). Orders are delivered during the screening (we try and be discreet when alerting you in the dark, so choosing side aisle seats would help us greatly with this).

Wed 28 Aug



The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) 

introduced by Chris Phipps and with theremin demonstration from Dr Brown

Doors open 6.00pm

Cert U

Tickets £15 available - no longer available

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