Magical movie’s got an icy grip in Leeds

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You’ve seen the film, know the soundtrack off by heart and have snapped up the dresses and dolls – but your little ones still can’t get enough.

Ten months after the release of Disney’s Frozen – the highest-grossing animation in history – the magical movie shows no sign of releasing its icy grip.

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And Leeds is embracing the Frozen frenzy, with at least six sing-a-long screenings plus various other Elsa and Anna themed events between now and Christmas.

Event organisers from across the city agree demand for anything relating to the hit film, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, is unprecedented.

City Varieties sold more than 1,000 tickets to its sell-out November Sing-a-long-a Frozen screening within a week of them going on sale.

A spokeswoman said: “This is by far the fastest selling “Sing-a-long-a” production we’ve had.”

Leeds pop-up cinema company Sneaky Experience is showing the wintry treat at Leeds Dock and Ilkley Film Festival in December, and it features TWICE in Leeds Town Hall’s Christmas Film Festival.

Leeds Dock is hoping its two screenings, along with guest appearances from the beloved sisters and Olaf the snowman, will sparkle as brightly as its summer gathering which attracted 500 Frozen fans.

Baby Rave North, which runs regular children’s parties in Leeds, has struggled to keep up with demand for activities themed around the musical movie.

Founder Faye Kenny said: “I did five over the summer and they all got booked up within two days so I added another.

“I couldn’t fit in anymore and my emails about it were solid. People are obsessed with it.”

She is planning special events at Leeds Corn Exchange throughout December, including dance workshops to Oscar-winning Frozen track Let it Go and a festive “breakfast with Elsa”.

Half the children’s parties held at popular family venue The Woods in Chapel Allerton are now Frozen-themed.

And it is holding a free screening, with crafts and activities, on October 15 from 10am to noon – with a prize for the best-dressed princess.

Emma Barker, manager of the Disney Store at White Rose Shopping Centre, said demand for Frozen dresses was insane.

She said: “We get a delivery of over 100 dresses three times a week and they sell out every day.

“Rapunzel was big for us but that was nothing compared to this.”

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FACTFILE

Frozen events in Leeds

October 15 : The Woods, Chapel Allerton

November 2: City Varieties, Leeds

December 6 & 7: Leeds Dock

December 22 & 23: Leeds Town Hall

December 23: Ilkley Film Festival

December 4 to 24: Leeds Corn Exchange

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