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Casablanca tops poll of North East's favourite romantic films for screening on Valentine's Day

The Tyneside Cinema has announced the classic film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the winner

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the 1942 classic film Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the 1942 classic film Casablanca

Classic film Casablanca has been chosen as the North East’s favourite romantic film.

For the past few weeks, the public have been casting their votes at the Tyneside Cinema in favour of the film they think should be screened at the historic picture house on Valentine’s Day.

The Oscar-winning love story, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and directed by Michael Curtiz has been announced as the winner and will be shown at 3.50pm on February 14.

This is the seventh year Tyneside Cinema has invited audiences to vote for their favourite film for Valentine’s Day, and previous years have seen a diverse range of winners, including Amélie, Once, Before Sunrise, The Notebook and When Harry Met Sally.

Set in World War II, Casablanca was originally released in 1942 and consistently appears in critics’ lists of the top films of all time.

Jonny Tull, cinema programme manager for Tyneside Cinema, says: “We’re huge fans of Casablanca at Tyneside Cinema and we can’t think of a more perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day than playing it again on the big screen.

“A huge thanks to everyone who voted and we hope you’ll join us for this very special event.”

As well as getting to see the iconic film on the big screen, everyone who attends the screening of Casablanca on Valentine’s Day will receive complimentary luxury chocolates courtesy of Hotel Chocolat.

I think that’s what we call a bonus of sweet proportions.

Although Casablanca is sure to be a popular draw, film fans looking for something a bit different can enjoy Love Hurts, a season of alternative films about love and lust, including David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Japanese psychological horror film Audition and David Cronenberg’s controversial thriller Crash.

Audiences can also see the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, which opens on general release on February 13.

Tickets for Casablanca are on sale now at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office, by phone on 0845 217 9909 or online from www.tynesidecinema.co.uk

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