Film programme for July at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough

Classic and new films, documentaries and opera from New York’s Met are on the big screen at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in July.

By Sue Wilkinson
Friday, 18th June 2021, 11:19 am
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 11:20 am
In the Heights is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in July
In the Heights is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in July

The theatre is also introducing a new audio description service, believed to be the first of its kind in Scarborough

From the first screening of The Father on Friday July 2, the venue will offer audio description on most of its screenings.

The normal film soundtrack is broadcast via speakers in the usual way, while a recorded narrator explains what's happening on screen through personal headphones for those who need it.

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Anthony Hopkins stars in The Father

The Stephen Joseph's film programmer Steve Carley said: “July is a busy month in the cinema at the theatre

“We’re screening our first classic film chosen by our Facebook followers. For horror fans we have A Quiet Place II, and if anyone needs to catch up, there is also a chance to see the original film.

“It’s also a great month for music fans: we have the exciting new musical In the Heights; our first ever screenings from Met Opera, and a new documentary on music legend Phil Lynott.

“This month is also special because we are introducing our new cinema audio description service for our visually impaired audience.”

David Bowie stars in cult fantasy Labyrinth

Films at the Stephen Joseph in July are:

Labyrinth: David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in the 1986 fantasy movie voted by the SJT’s Facebook followers as the first in a series of ‘Facebook classics’.

Thursday July 1 at 2pm and 7pm

The Father: Anthony Hopkins won this year’s Best Actor Oscar for this performance of a lifetime movie as a man with dementia, alongside Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots and Rufus Sewell.

Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star as Sam and Tusker in a deeply moving story about a couple travelling across England and coming to terms with Tusker’s recent diagnosis of early onset dementia

Friday July 2 at 2pm and 7pm; Saturday July 3 at 2pm and 7pm; Tuesday July 6 and Wednesday July 7 at 7pm; Thursday July 8 at 2pm and 7pm

In The Heights: Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the lives and loves of the residents of New York’s Washington Heights area translated to the big screen.

Friday July 9 at 2pm and 7pm; Saturday July 10 at 2pm and 7pm; Tuesday July 13 and Wednesday July 14 at 7pm; Thursday July 15 at 2pm

Met Opera: Porgy and Bess (event cinema – first broadcast February 1, 2020): Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in an explosive new version of Gershwin’s great American opera.

Horror movie sequel A Quiet Place II will be screened in July

Thursday July 15 at 6.30pm

A Quiet Place II: Cillian Murphy joins the original cast in this sequel to John Krasinski’s already classic horror movie, also showing at the SJT this week.

Friday July 16 at 2pm, Saturday July 17 at 7pm; Tuesday July 20 and Wednesday July 21 at 7pm; Thursday July 22 at 2pm and 7pm

A Quiet Place: John Krasinski directs and stars alongside his wife, Emily Blunt, in this terrifying story of a family trying to silently navigate a world in which monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing rule.

Friday July 16 at 7pm, Saturday July 17 at 2pm

Supernova: Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star as Sam and Tusker in a deeply moving story about a couple travelling across England and coming to terms with Tusker’s recent diagnosis of early onset dementia.

Friday July 23 at 2pm and 7pm; Saturday July 24 at 2pm and 7pm; Tuesday July 27 at 7pm

After Love: The always-brilliant Joanna Scanlan stars as Mary Hussain who, after the sudden death of her husband, stumbles upon a secret connection he had across the Channel.

Wednesday July 28 at 7pm; Thursday July 29 at 2pm

Met Opera: Carmen (event cinema – first broadcast January 16, 2010): Richard Eyre’s popular production of Bizet’s searing drama sees mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan make her Met debut as the title character.

Thursday July 29 at 7pm

The Reason I Jump: Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world.

Friday July 30 at 2pm and 7pm

Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away: A documentary telling the story of how Phil Lynott, a young black boy from working class Dublin in the 1950s, became Ireland's greatest rock star.

Saturday July 31 at 2pm and 7pm

Cinema tickets are £7 (concessions £6; Circle members/NHS/under-30s £5); for event cinema including ‘captured live’, £12; for live streamings, £17.

Where possible, the theatre is recommending that at the moment, customers book online at

The box office is open for in-person noon to 5pm on non-show days; noon to 7.30pm on days with an evening show; 11am to 7.30pm on matinee days.

Phone: 01723 370541