Arsenic and Old Lace (dir. Frank Capra, 1944)
Former Bristol IMAX, Bristol Aquarium, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT
Sunday 20 November 2022, 7pm

Running Time: 1hr 58min; Rating: PG

Our festival finale features this breathless comedy classic which will blow away the November cobwebs. Newly-wed drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant) frantically tries to embark on his honeymoon with impatient new bride (Priscilla Lane), but has to contend with his well-meaning but ditzy old aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair), who have been bumping off lonely elderly gentlemen with their lethal elderberry wine (spiked with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch of cyanide”). If that isn’t enough, he also has to juggle his sociopathic brother (Raymond Massey) – a dead-ringer for Boris Karloff, who played the lead in the original 1941 Broadway play – and his sidekick Dr Einstein (Peter Lorre), as well as his other unhinged brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt (John Alexander). With an introduction by Festival Director Charlotte Crofts


In one of his best comic performances, Cary Grant effortlessly delivers rapid-fire dialogue, facial contortions and pratfalls to make any slapstick fan happy – not to be missed on the largest screen in Bristol!


IMAX Accessibility Statement

The Auditorium is accessible via lift. We have space for around 10-15 wheelchair users behind the top row of the Auditorium with no restricted viewing.


Please note for all the screenings at the Former Bristol IMAX, we’re piloting a Sliding Scale – “Pay What You Can Afford” Ticket, as we want to offer as many people as possible the opportunity to see these wonderful films on the largest screen in Bristol!

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