Brighouse Cinema @ The Civic – Casablanca Thursday 30th May

Brighouse Cinema CasablancaWe’ve so much going on at our Brighouse 1940s weekend that we are starting our weekend early, so on the night of Thursday 30th May we will be screening the classic wartime romance Casablanca.


Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on the unpublished stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; and features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, “love and virtue”.

Story editor Irene Diamond convinced producer Hal Wallis to purchase the film rights of the play in January 1942. Brothers Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein were initially assigned to write the script. However, despite studio resistance, they left after the attack on Pearl Harbor to work on Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series. Howard Koch was assigned to the screenplay until the Epsteins returned. Casey Robinson assisted with three weeks of rewrites, but his work would later go uncredited. Wallis chose Curtiz to direct the film after his first choice, William Wyler, became unavailable. Filming began on May 25, 1942, and ended on August 3, and was shot entirely at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, and at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys.

Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything out of the ordinary. It was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year. Casablanca had its world premiere on November 26, 1942 in New York City, and was released on January 23, 1943, in the United States. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run, rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. Despite a changing assortment of screenwriters adapting an unstaged play, barely keeping ahead of production, and Bogart attempting his first romantic leading role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its lead character,memorable lines,and pervasive theme song have all become iconic and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.


To make a proper evening of it, we’re including a good old Brighouse welcome by giving you a traditional pie and peas supper, our delicious pork pies are made right here in Brighouse. There is a vegetarian pie option when you book your tickets.

For more details about our 1940’s weekend on Sat 1st and Sunday 2nd June please visit


Tickets are only £9.50 for adults and £6 for children (14 and under) and includes a pie and peas supper which will be served before the film.


Doors open at 7pm

Ticket prices including pie and peas supper

Adult £9.50

Children £6 (14 and under)


You can buy tickets in several ways

In advance from Harrison Lord Art Gallery, Ryecorn Wholefoods and Simply Flowers

Online from Ticketsource

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