Free movie showings at Leeds pop-up cinema to spread festive joy

Classic Christmas film 'It's a Wonderful Life' will be screened at the Merrion Centre this month.
Classic Christmas film 'It's a Wonderful Life' will be screened at the Merrion Centre this month.
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A free pop-up cinema will bring smash hit festive films and family favourites to the Merrion Centre from today.

Christmas classics including The Snowman, Jack Frost, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf and Scrooge will show at the Leeds shopping centre’s temporary boutique cinema until January 2.

The movie magic will begin with two screenings of Disney’s Frozen today, at 11am and 1.30pm, at the cinema which can host up to 50 film buffs next to the centre’s Morrisons store.

Films will show twice daily, while young visitors will be given free stickers and all comers can marvel at the weird and wonderful Emett machines put on display at the cinema’s entrance.

Susan Mendoza, Merrion Centre manager, said: “We’re confident that our selection of movies will add a sack load of festive cheer to our Christmas shoppers over the festive period.

“We’ve chosen a selection of family films, with some Christmas classics such as, It’s a Wonderful Life, to recent releases like How To Train Your Dragon 2.”

The shopping centre first hosted a pop-up cinema to mark its 50th anniversary earlier this year. Its Christmas screenings will run from Friday to Sunday until December 19, and then every day from December 19 to January 2 apart from on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Ms Mendoza added: “We’re showing 18 films in total, with each movie screened twice throughout the day to give everyone the chance to enjoy the silver screen.

“All films are completely free to watch, but we are welcoming donations for Candlelighters, a charity that offers support to children and their families who have been affected by cancer.”

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