Burgh hall fright

Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney

POLLOKSHAWS Burgh Hall is the wonderously atmospheric setting for a spooky Southside Film Festival event this Sunday.

Film fans can enjoy the original 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by a live Wurlitzer organ — an addition which captivated audiences at the 2011 showing of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

Last year’s horror film was shown to a sell-out audience and according to festival director Karen O’Hare it’s the something special about the Wurlitzer that appeals to cinema-goers.

She said: “When we first showed Dr Caligari the response was phenomenal.

“There was something about showing a silent film with the live organ that people really interacted with.

“It gave an extra dimension to the event and it was something completely different for southsiders — we hope this next screening will be the same”.

This experience is part of a programme of events linked with the wider Glasgow Film Festival, and Karen is keen to provide a more sociable experience that engages people from all across the city.

She explained: “It’s one of the things about going to the cinema now — there’s so much competition for people’s attention.

“With so much entertainment online, people can download films for much less money — so we try to make it a sociable experience that you can’t get at home”.

Karen is also passionate about bringing back the joy of cinema to this side of the river. She continued: “The success of the film festival last year proves that there is a great appetite for film in the southside and for a varied programme of films viewed by diverse audiences.

“The Southside Film Festival will be back in May this year but in the meantime we want to keep film very much at the heart of southside culture and can’t wait to get people spooked by the Phantom”.

Pollokshaws Burgh Hall doors open at 7pm on Sunday, with film and music starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (£6 concession) available from the GFT box office or at the venue on the night.