These Derby cinemas are giving away free tickets this weekend


You can get a free ticket to see a film at Showcase Cinema this weekend – if you’re lucky enough to meet the criteria.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first branch opening in Nottingham, the cinema chain – which has two sites in Derby – is planning a special birthday giveaway.

Anyone born in 1988 – so also turning 30 this year – can claim a free ticket to the film of their choice on Saturday and Sunday (November 10/11).



Inside Derby's Showcase Cinema de Lux
Inside Derby’s Showcase Cinema de Lux

So if you were born in the same year as cult classics such as Rain Main, Big and Beetlejuice, you can treat yourself to a free screening.

Showcase opened its first site in Nottingham in 1988 and now boasts 21 cinemas across the UK, including a de Lux branch at Derby’s Intu shopping centre.

Another branch can be found at Derby Foresters Park, near Sinfin.

To redeem, people born in 1988 need to simply turn up with a valid original passport or UK driver’s licence clearly showing their date of birth and present it at the Showcase box office before the film of their choice.

As well as its Derby branches, Showcase has cinemas in the Bluewater shopping centre (Kent), Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Dudley, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newham, Nottingham, Paisley, Peterborough, Reading, Southampton, Teesside and Walsall.



The comfy leather seats in the Director's Hall at the Cinema de Lux in Derby
The comfy leather seats in the Director’s Hall at the Cinema de Lux in Derby

Mark Barlow, UK general manager for Showcase Cinemas, said: “Turning 30 years old is a fantastic milestone for the Showcase brand and testament to the hard-work of our team.

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“Since we opened the doors to our Nottingham site in 1988, we’ve grown in to 21 locations and led the market with the launch of the Cinema de Lux concept, and have further plans to grow the estate.

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate our 30th birthday and what better way to do that than by giving something back to those who arrived the same year we did!

“As we enter our fourth decade, we’re as excited as ever to bring our guests the newest blockbusters, Event Cinema screenings and timeless classics.”



The XPlus screen at Showcase Cinema de Lux in Derby
The XPlus screen at Showcase Cinema de Lux in Derby

To round off the momentous year, you can also catch a ‘flashback’ screening of the 1988 classic, Die Hard.

Showing on Friday December 7 and Monday December 10, you can watch Bruce Willis jump into action as John McClane, and attempt to save a group of hostages at a Christmas party.

For anyone looking to redeem the free film ticket, bring along your ID to show proof of age across Saturday or Sunday.



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