A trip to the movies

Enjoy a trip to the movies in South Kensington - from Sunday classics, family films and film festivals at Institut français, to blockbusters accompanied with live orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, to post-war classics at Goethe-Institut, to enjoying the full cinematic experience in 3D at the Science Museum's IMAX screen. There are films for young and old here in South Kensington.

Ciné Kids

Various
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Luna Cinema

7-9th Aug
8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Join The Luna Cinema in the formal gardens for a night of cinema under the stars and enjoy three nights of fantastic films with Kensington palace and its grounds providing a stunning backdrop. Films include Romeo & Juliet, The Greatest Showman and Victoria and Abdul

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

Jurassic Park - in Concert

29th Sept
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary! Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

The English Patient Live

18th Oct
6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1996 motion picture, The English Patient on a vast HD screen while Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score is performed live in-sync by a full orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Gladiator Live in Concert

23rd June
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ridley Scott’s legendary five-time Academy Award®-winning film will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s complete Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning score live, conducted by Justin Freer, with vocal soloist Lisa Gerrard.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

23rd & 24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

A Beautiful Planet

Science Museum
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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Science Museum
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Meet the giant creatures – sabre-toothed cats, giant sloths, cave bears, dire wolves and mammoths – living in the frozen landscapes of our planet ten thousand years before modern civilization.

Pandora's Box

15th - 26th July
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In Weimar Germany, Lulu (Louise Brooks) is an entrancing and free-spirited girl who lives on the beneficences of the men who fall under her spell. Her current paramour is the highly-respectable Dr. Schön, who comes to believe he must marry her, even though he has been engaged to a more respectable woman. At their wedding, he becomes mad with jealousy, and tragedy ensues.

The Piano

9th-21st July
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First female director to win a Palme d’Or in Cannes, Jane Campion sets her brooding and haunting drama in the brave new world of New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. Ada, a mute woman, lands with her daughter and beloved piano on unwelcoming shores to be wed to a stranger.

The Happy Prince

29 June - 7 July 2018
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As Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed, the past comes flooding back to him, transporting him to other times and places. The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s poignant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s final years in exile, is a powerful parable of the passion of a genius and the redemption of a spent force.

Simone Veil, Une histoire française

26 June 2018
8:10pm

Haunted by the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps and the loss of her mother, father and brother, French politician Simone Veil showed in the course of her career a profound integrity that led her to champion the European reconciliation and French women’s rights. This documentary looks back over the major battles in her life, providing an opportunity for her to talk about the reasons for her political career and her beliefs.

La Fête des mères + Q&A with actress Audrey Fleurot

24 June 2018
8:30pm
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Presidents, nannies, bakers, actresses, teachers, florists, journalists, doctors… These women are progressive, benevolent, clumsy, absent, omnipresent, overworked, guilt-laden… Their children both long and fear to spread their wings and leave the nest. When daughters become mothers, they realise it’s all fun and games! This ensemble film gathers on screen a first class cast including Audrey Fleurot and Carmen Maura.

Tribute to Marcel Carné

3 June - 22 July
2pm
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The Institut français is paying tribute to Marcel Carné, a monstre sacré of French cinema, with a film season screening some of his greatest works. Hailed as the greatest metteur en image, he made a point of exploring the genres of poetic realism and noir through his collaboration with French poet Jacques Prévert, and emblematic actors such as Jean Gabin and Arletty, to name only a few.

Pride Month

12th June - 11th July
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For Pride Month, Ciné Lumière waves the rainbow flag through a celebration of French LGBTQ celluloid culture, from the affecting documentary Les Invisibles to the flamboyant cult comedy of manners La Cage aux folles and the coming of age films Tomboy and Call Me By Your Name.

I, Claude Monet

13th - 28th June
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This documentary based entirely on Claude Monet’s personal letters draws a portrait of the businessman and lover behind the artist. Brought to life by actor Henry Goodman, Monet’s letters record his tumultuous inner life marked by depression, remarkable encounters and the joy of painting.

Goethe Kino: Love Steaks

27th June
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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In a luxury hotel, surrounded by luxury clientele and irritable staff, a couple might fall in love or they might leave their relationship in its raw state.

Longing by Valeska Grisebach

4th July
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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A man and a woman live in a village not far from Berlin. Out here, it feels as though the city were miles away. The couple have loved each other since they were children. They are inseparable. One day the man goes on a trip and after a night of heavy drinking he wakes up in another woman’s apartment. He can barely remember what went on. His efforts to find out what did occur lead to a passionate affair.