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All films screen on a Tuesday evening.
 • £5 per annum
Entrance fee:
  • £5 for members
  • £6 for guests
  • £4 concessionary
    (members only)

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Showing next: Tuesday 19 December at 8.30pm
Bayou Maharajah
director: Lily Keber
starring: James Booker, Joe Boyd, Douglas Brinkley

Bayou Maharajah

The documentary feature debut from director Lily Keber, Bayou Maharajah is a mesmerising portrait of the life, times and music of revered and influential piano legend James Booker, whom fellow music maestro Dr. John once described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” An entrancing blend of archive footage and interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Hugh Laurie, Douglas Brinkley and Cosimo Matassa, the film takes an enthralling look at Booker’s colourful life and career, and has been acclaimed as one of the best ever documentaries on the New Orleans music scene.


Why our films (usually) have to start promptly at 8.30pm

Although our films are scheduled to start at 8.30pm, on busier nights we've always been able to hold up the start until everyone is in and seated. With the arrival of digital projection, however, this has all changed. Most of the films we screen now arrive as high definition digital files that are coded to play at a specific time, over which the projectionist has no control. This means that the film has to start playing at 8.30pm or not at all. Thus to avoid potentially missing the start of the film, it's worth arriving in good time for the screening.

Please note that some longer films will be scheduled to start at 8pm.