50th Anniversary Screenings

It was fifty years ago today…or thereabouts!

Originally released on 17th July 1968, Yellow Submarine is back in cinemas just in time for Anim18!  This groundbreaking masterwork of British animation features music from The Beatles alongside psychedelic visuals from a host of British talent. We’ll be celebrating its 50th anniversary with screenings and singalongs that take you on a journey to Pepperland.   Keep checking back for more dates and prepare to jump on board…



Sun 8 July 2018 Chapter, Cardiff
Sun 8 July 2018 HOME, Manchester
Tues 17 July 2018 MAC, Birmingham
Fri 24 – Mon 27 August 2018 Watershed, Bristol (Singalong)
Sat 25 August 2018 Broadway, Nottingham (Singalong)
Sun 26 August – Mon 27 August Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Fri 31 August 2018 Theatr Gwaun (Singalong)
Sat 1 September 2018 Curzon, Clevedon (Singalong)
Sun 2 September 2018 Brewery Arts, Kendal
Thurs 6 September 2018 The Light, Sheffield (Singalong)

More about the film

Once upon a time….or maybe twice….there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, 80,000 leagues under the sea it lay, a place where beauty, happiness, and music reign supreme.

But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all colour and hope. So it’s The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, colour, and love to the world.

But beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques. From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic colour-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It’s All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy.

Everyone attending screenings on Sunday 8th July will receive an exclusive 50th anniversary commemorative pack, including four stunning limited edition collector’s cards and a Peppertastic sticker set!

Download our Anim18 programme notes for the film