Lawrence of Arabia and Stockport Plaza are a match made in the heyday of cinema. An epic, four hour masterpiece like this deserves to be shown in an epic cinema: enter Stockport Plaza. Its large white terracotta facade complete with red-green neon lighting is an impressive sight in itself, but once inside, you will be stunned. Thanks to a cash injection and a lot of hard work, this 1930s cinema has been restored to its former glory. The auditorium has 1250 seats, two tiers, and authentic vintage projectors from 1948 to boot. Lauded as one of the most influential films in cinema history, David Lean’s feature focuses on the life of T.E. Lawrence and his experiences in Arabia during World War I. With a running time of almost four hours and seven Oscars under its belt, this is a film of gargantuan proportions. They really don’t make them like this any more.

Fri 22 Mar, Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP. Tel: 0161 477 7779, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, prices vary,

Fri 22 Mar
Michael Lyons
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Thu 21 Mar 2013