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Bluewater cinema pulls out all the stops to get us in the Christmas mood

Auditorium will be full of festive frivolity – they will even make it snow!

Is it too early top mention the ‘C’ word? Unfortunately, I think not. Christmas is coming … it’s two months plus a week away and, to help us get in the mood, Showcase Cinemas is set to bring some much-needed seasonal magic to the nation with the Macaulay Culkin cult hit Home Alone, Government Covid regulations permitting!

For one day only, a week today, Sunday October 25, Showcase Cinemas across the UK will be screening the UK’s favourite Christmas blockbuster, giving film fans the chance to kickstart the season of goodwill early and in style.

And it’s not just Home Alone that’ll get film fans in a Christmas mood – at the cinema chain’s Bluewater Cinema de Lux, they will be dressing the Home Alone screen auditorium as a Christmas Wonderland – complete with reindeer, Christmas Trees, huge candy canes, a sleigh, Christmas presents, a man-sized Nutcracker family and all the seasonal trimmings.

They’re even going to make it snow inside the cinema for a truly authentic Christmas feel.

Home Alone first hit the big screen in 1990 and stars a young Macaulay Culkin in the lead role as eight-year-old Kevin MacCallister who is mistakenly left at home alone while his mum, dad and family head out of town on holiday. Kevin has to protect the family home from con men (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who plan on robbing the MacCallister residence.

On bringing 2020’s first Christmas film to UK big screens, Showcase UK general manager Mark Barlow said: “This year has been tough on everyone and, with Christmas looking to be very different for 2020, we wanted to invite film fans to start the festive season earlier than ever and join us for some festive fun. We’re thrilled to be able to show Home Alone as every year it has consistently topped the polls as the nation’s favourite Christmas movie. So, we couldn’t think of a better film to bring to the big screen for one day only across all our cinemas.”

Alongside enjoying Home Alone on the big screen experience, moviegoers will be given an extra festive treat with a chocolate surprise on every seat to enjoy during the film, all included as part of the ticket price. Tickets are on sale now for this limited edition screening and are just £5. Tickets can be booked via –

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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