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Re-visit a classic: The Big Lebowski at Strand Arts Centre

The Dude (Jeff Bridges) abides in The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski night, Thursday August 18, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast.

SINCE The Strand on the Hollywood Road was re-launched as a multi-purpose venue for cinema, theatre, music and more besides back in 2013, it has hosted an eclectic mix of events in Screen 2 (AKA the old Front Stalls) from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Withnail & I live on stage.

However, next Thursday’s revival of the Coen brothers' 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski as part of the East Side Arts Festival will surely be The Strand's most ambitious and unusual movie-themed evening to date.

Audience members will be invited to test their arms and aim at a bowling lane set up in the centre aisle of the cinema – so best imbibe a couple of medicinal alcoholic beverages at the Horatio Todd's-supplied White Russian bar beforehand to help steady your hand and get yourself into the strike zone.

As is the tradition with these things, dressing up is encouraged – prizes will be on offer for the best Dude/Donny/Walter/Lebowski/whoever imitators on the night.

The Big Lebowski is screening as part of Film Hub NI's '30 under 30' season of 'movies to see before you hit the big 3-0', including The Royal Tenenbaums, Juno, and Se7en.

The latter, David Fincher's classic 1995 thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, will be screened using an old school 35mm print (ask your dad) for extra 20th century cinematic authenticity.

  • See StrandArtsCentre.com for tickets and film times.
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