Escapes, with the backing of the BFI and the support of National Lottery funding, extends an invitation to all to relish the grandeur of the cinema and explore the realm of independent films.

Whether one seldom places a cinema outing high on their agenda, values it exclusively for special occasions, or is eager to unearth new cinematic encounters, Escapes is dedicated to introducing fresh audiences to the cinema through complimentary screenings.

Based on a true story, heartbreaking sports drama The Iron Claw will be the first film previewed in 126 independent cinemas on the evening of Monday 5th February, with more than 15,000 free cinema tickets available. From Cornwall to Edinburgh, Neath to Belfast, London, Birmingham and more, cinemas nationwide have joined Escapes to allow everyone to grab a free ticket and escape to the cinema this year. 

Shining a light on the beauty and charm of independent cinema and spotlighting hidden gems, Escapes promises a destination for everyone. Escapes will partner with leading cinema chains including Picturehouse and Reel cinemas, as well as independent venues across the UK. From Nottingham’s Savoy Cinema, which stands as the only surviving pre-Second World War cinema in Nottingham, to Whitley Bay’s Jam Jar, the Cellb Cinema & Arts Centre in Wales and many more.

Ahead of its official UK cinema release on Friday 9th February, Escapes will offer UK audiences one of the first opportunities to watch The Iron Claw. Starring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson, it tells the true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Helping to make cinema more accessible, all Escape screenings of The Iron Claw will be presented with descriptive subtitles on screen.

Launching with a whole year of free independent film, every month Escapes will announce a new film to preview. Tickets are FREE and available for sign up now via:

Escapes confirmed locations: England; Bath, Brighton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chester, Cheshire, Cornwall, Coventry, Cumbria, Derby, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesex, Newcastle, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tynemouth, Wiltshire, Yorkshire. Wales, Fishguard, Port Talbot, Neath. Scotland; AberfeldyAnnan, Edinburgh,Dumfries, Stirling, Inverness, Montrose, Thurso, Falkirk, Greenock, Sterling, Bathgate, Portree. Northern Ireland; Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Omagh, Shetland.

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