The Muppets Christmas Carol is back for a second screening at Lark Hill Place this festive season.
The story, based off Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ features Michael Caine’s Scrooge and the whole Muppet gang in the 1992 flick.
Salford Now spoke to Salford Museum programming and events officer Edward Hurst, who explained why the Muppets was the perfect cinematic fit: “The Christmas Carol is one of the defining tales of Christmas, and like many British traditions of the holiday began in the Victorian times.
“This, along with the Muppet’s hilarious family friendly film made for a perfect choice of a film to be shown in the perfect setting. We hope that viewers will feel like they’ve stepped onto the streets of the film as they enjoy a firm Christmas favourite.”
Events like this have proven to be extremely popular with Salford residents, with the tickets that went on sale for the 8th December screening selling out within only a few days: “We had so many people who wanted to join us, we put on another event the next week to meet demand!”
There was no doubt in the coordinators minds that the event would receive high volumes of interest. The museum has allowed attendees in the past to vote for their favourite seasonal films- this October being a tie between Halloween classics Beetlejuice and Carry on Screaming.
“We’ve also shown other films at the museum in the galleries including Night at the Museum (how could you not?) and Hotel Transylvania.”
However, the movie itself is not the only Victorian element about the festive event. Lark Hill Place is a recreated set inside the Salford Art museum that realistically represents a stereotypical Northern street back in the late 1800s.
This makes for an immersive experience that will allow all attendees to feel as though they are visiting the Ghosts of Christmas Past with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear themselves.
A recent survey of Salford Students determined that only 25% of them have attended an outdoor cinema screening of any type, which speaks volumes in how unusual of an event this is. Speaking of the unique nature of the event; Edward says; “If you’d like to watch The Muppet’s in the surround of a Victorian Street, this is probably the best opportunity you’ll get.”
However, the coordinators state that the cold weather should not put anyone off, as the atmosphere should be cosy despite the cold exterior: “The street will be very cold much like a real Victorian street as there isn’t any central heating. So I’d really recommend anyone coming to bring coats and blankets!”
The screening is one of many occurring across the city this Christmas, with other events at the sister site Ordsall Hall being ‘really well received’.
Edward Hurst praised Salford for its involvement in the festive season, stating; “There’s loads going on at Christmas for people in and around Salford to be involved with including on the 8th a Christmas Market at Peel Park.”
🎄🎄Booking for our Christmas events is now open! Enjoy a festive afternoon tea, breakfast with father Christmas or a festive film in Lark Hill Place🎄🎄 pic.twitter.com/vSyAdwi9Uv
— Salford Museum & Art Gallery (@SalfordMuseum) November 11, 2019
Unfortunately the first screening of the Muppets Christmas Carol this weekend are sold out, yet at the time of publication the screening for the 14th December still has tickets left, with it lasting from 5.30pm to 7pm.
However, if you are a fan of Muppets Christmas Carol and cant make either screening, VUE in the Printworks are conducting a charity event for the Manchester Norfolk House Blood Donor Centre, with more information on the events page.
You can purchase tickets for the event with Eventbrite.