Film reviewers: Half-price tickets

Always have a startlingly passionate opinion on film? Could you give Mark Kermode a run for his money?

We’re enthusiastic about audience feedback, your opinions on film – what you love and what gets you riled! So send us your film reviews, short or long and we’ll get them posted up here on our blog.

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Getting your review to us and your half-price ticket couldn’t be easier. Wherever you see this logo we’re looking for your thoughts.

1. Call up Box Office on 01432 340555 and let them know you’re booking a reviewer’s half-price ticket for one of the films below.

2. Come along and enjoy your film – the first screening of the selected film is the only applicable one for this offer.

3. Write your quick-fire review and email it to us within 18 hours of the film to subject titled with the name of the film.

Films in the offer this season:


Robot and Frank |  Sat 4 May 6pm

Compliance | Sat 18 May 5.30pm

Caesar Must Die | Tue 21 May 6pm

Jack The Giant Slayer | Tue 28 May 2.30pm

Much Ado About Nothing | Mon 24 June 6pm

The Reluctant Fundamentalist | Sat 29 June 2.30pm

The Courtyard reserves the write to publish or not publish reviews. Any questions send us an email or tweet us @CourtyardArts


Budding writers: Courtyard Card film review competition

Do you love film? And always have an opinion? Well, as part of The Courtyard’s initiative to get students into film, we’re offering our Courtyard Card Review Deal to any aspiring writers with a way with words and a keen eye for quality cinema.

It’s simple…

1.Sign up for the free Courtyard Card and you can currently get two free tickets per film guide (every 2 months) and then reduced film and live event tickets for selected shows from thereon in. The deal is due to change quite soon, so get in quick while you can still get your free tickets (subject to availability).
Here’s the info:
And you can sign up by calling the Box Office: 01432 340555

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2. Book in to a first screening of one of our selected films, go along and soak up the escapism with your critical head on, then send us your review within 18 hours to to be entered into a competition to win a year’s subscription to cult film mag, Little White Lies. Jam-packed with brilliant and insightful studies on film and always with a pin-up worthy front cover, Little White Lies is a must-read for the modern critic.

This offer is applicable to selected screenings from The Courtyard’s own film programme and Borderlines Film Festival screenings at The Courtyard. If you have used up your free Courtyard Card film tickets you can still get into screenings at the reduced rate of £3 – don’t forget to book in advance.

Applicable First Film Screenings:
Wed 20 Feb, 18.00 – Pitch Perfect
Fri 1 Mar, 18.00 – Sightseers
Sun 3 Mar, 20.45 – Holy Motors
Mon 4 Mar, 18.00 – My Brother The Devil
Mon 4 Mar, 15.00 – Seven Psychopaths
Mon 8 Mar, 16.15 – What Richard Did
Sun 10 Mar, 20.45 – Love Is The Devil
Mon 11 Mar, 15.45 – Bullhead
Tue 12 Mar, 18.00 – Byzantium
Fri 22 Mar, 18.00 – Reality
Fri 22 Mar, 20.00 – Fire in the Blood (includes discussion)
Fri 29 Mar, 11.00 – Oz, The Great & Powerful
Fri 12 Apr, 18.00 – The House (Czech Film Tour)
Wed 17 Apr, 18.00 – Alois Nebel (Czech Film Tour)
Sat 13 Apr, 20.30 – Lore
Fri 26 Apr, 20.30 – In The House

The winner will be announced at the end of April. The more reviews you send, the better your chances!

Find out what else is in The Courtyard Film programme here:
And at Borderlines here:

February Film Offers – Stay entertained this half term


…when you book a family of two adults and two kids to come along to one of our February family films. For extra measure we’ll throw in a DVD of Johnny Depp’s classic animated western Rango, to one lucky winning family. Click on the titles below for dates and ring the Box Office to book.

*[food discount only applicable with a purchase of two main courses/main course specials and two children’s menu courses]

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Frankenweenie (PG)
Funny, dark and whimsical, Tim Burton’s gloriously crafted animation is a kids’ version of ‘Frankenstein’, softened and reimagined in the postwar American suburbs. When
awkward schoolboy Victor’s beloved dog Sparky meets with a tragic end, the young inventor devises an ingenious way to bring him back to life.

Rise of The Guardians Web

Rise of the Guardians (PG)
This hyperactive animated adventure provides plenty of action, colour and cute comedy for younger kids. When the evil spirit Pitch sets out to take over the world and destroy children’s faith in Father Christmas, the immortal Guardians call on Jack Frost to help them fight back to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

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Hotel Transylvania (PG)
Frankenstein, Dracula, the Mummy and the Werewolf are all living together in Hotel Transylvania, a five star resort where the world’s most glamorous monsters and their families can live it up. When Van Helsing, falls for Dracula’s teenage daughter, he soon finds out that they are destined enemies which makes for a rocky romance…


… when you book a group of four in to see Pitch Perfect we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win.

From the writer of hip American comedies 30 Rock and New Girl, comes a feisty
coming-of-age flick….

Pitch Perfect (12A)
New talent Anna Kendrick (of Twilight and Scott Pilgrim fame) kicks the mean, sweet and weird girls into shape with a subversion on the traditional singing girl group. Arriving at her new college, Beca finds a meddley of girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca takes them out of their world of perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cut-throat world of college a cappella. Sharply written, filled with fun and loaded with great music that is seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like you’ve never heard before.

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Call the BOX OFFICE on: 01432 340555 to book a deal.

If you or someone you know is aged 14-25 they are eligible to receive the Courtyard Card and get free and discounted tickets to selected shows and films. Can’t say fairer than that. Find out more here and call the Box Office to apply for a card.

Don’t forget to join the conversation and here the latest on our thoughts and info on upcoming film @CourtyardArts on Twitter and on Facebook

Healthy & Luxury delights in The Courtyard Cafe Bar for 2013!

You may have noticed passing through The Courtyard lately that there’s some snazzy new furniture and we’ve spruced up the menus and added a few tasty changes and extras into the mix. We’ll highlight a couple for you here… but for the full picture take a look at the new menu. Plus there’s some healthy options on our January specials board for those of you getting conscientious after Christmas.Whether you are looking for a delicious home cooked meal, a delectable dessert, or simply a coffee - then look no further than the Cafe Bar.

A true celebration of all the best that the county has to offer. A delicious homemade pie filled with Herefordshire beef, slow cooked in Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Ale from the award-winning Wye Valley Brewery and topped with Little Hereford cheese and a potato pastry lid. Served with buttered locally-sourced carrots, baby roast potatoes and seasonal greens.

(This tasty offering got the Cafe Bar shortlisted for a Flavours of Herefordshire Award!)

Herefordshire pork shoulder & chorizo in a spicy tomato, red pepper and butter
bean sauce. Served with sautéed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


Spicy free range Herefordshire chicken breast with peppers, onions, coriander and low fat soured cream in a seeded tortilla.

King prawns, fresh vegetables and noodles in a sweet chilli sauce.

Braised tomatoes, mushrooms, aubergines, spinach and red peppers in tomato sauce, layered with leeks in place of lasagne.

You might be too late to book in for our special Valentine’s meal now (we’ve had unprecedented uptake) but there’ll still be delicious hot and cold options downstairs for you hungry Les Miserables film fans and those of you getting your teeth into our stand-out drama this season, Finding Joy.

Business lunches, a bit of afternoon cake with a friend, a celebratory meal with family and friends; The Courtyard Cafe Bar caters for all for great value, so if you fancy a tasty treat then get booked in. Reservations at: 01432 346525 or email:

Join us on twitter, tweet us a nice photo of #janscake @CourtyardArts and we’ll pick our favourite photo to win a freebie next time you’re in!

It’s not too late to book your panto tickets!

Get a programme free when you book tickets to come to Dick Whittington.

Download, print and bring this voucher with you.

“The Courtyard’s panto promises stunning costumes, an enchanting set and a better than ever cast with a fantastic live band” – HEREFORD JOURNAL

“Every panto needs a strong Dame and Tim McArthur is the mother of all panto dames, mixing slapstick comedy with painful puns and of course filthy one liners” – HEREFORD TIMES

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Win two tickets to Dick Whittington!

You could win two tickets to The Courtyard’s Pantomime, Dick Whittington on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th December by simply answering the question below….

In the original story, where did Dick Whittington find himself shipwrecked?

To be in a chance of winning, simply send us your answers in a direct message on our Twitter or Facebook pages, or alternatively, email

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Dick Whittington is a traditional family pantomime that has the thoughts and heart of the community as its main focus.  With professional quality actors, a fantastic crew, and a hilarious dame, this year’s pantomime is not to be missed.  So come along and help Dick beat the baddies, win the girl and find his fortune in this family fun show that is bound to get you in the Christmas spirit.

The show runs from November 30 2012 – January 6 2013.  Note that this competition only offers tickets for performances on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th December.

Presents from us to you this festive season!

Because we’re feeling all festive and giving and we know you’re weather-beaten and worn from the eternal trudging from shop to shop, we’ve decided to tempt you into the Courtyard over these Christmassy days to get yourself warmed up, well-fed and entertained in our studio watching a movie.

There’s a couple of great December offers so get your eyes around these, book in and treat yourself, your family, your friends to a bit of fun and TLC. It shouldn’t all be hard work and shopping ’til you drop.


SparkleFor every group of four booking to seeSparkle (12A)’, Whitney Houston’s final feature film, grab a free bottle of wine between you and a half-price homemade pudding each from our Café Bar. Plus you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win your own karaoke plug & play microphone to share on a ‘girly night in’ and £30 of vouchers to get yourself pampered in Hereford at Beautiful Spirit Clinic & Spa!

The perfect treat for your post-shopping relax, bring your girls along and have a chill.


Join Transylvanian Transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter in his crazy castle as he plays host to all manner of weird and wonderful people attending an Annual Transylvanian Convention in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (12A)’.The Rocky Horror Picture Show MC

This 2-for-1 deal gives you the chance to re-experience this cult classic on the big screen. Bring a mate or two, don your high heels and fishnets and join us as we do the Time Warp again!


Bring the kids on a family trip* to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)’ or Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG)’ during December and we’ll give you one adult ticket free. We’re feeling festive so call it a treat!Madagascar 3

* For the purposes of this offer, family is sized at two adults and two children.

To book any of these deals call the Box Office on 01432 340555


Make the most of the Café Bar this festive season and book in your party of 10 minimum for our Festive Fork buffet! Why not combine it with tickets to the Panto or a Christmas Comedy Club?

The buffet includes such delights as: Honey Glazed Baked Gammon, Salmon & Dill Terrine, Turkey with Cranberry and Goats Cheese & Caramelised Onion Tart.

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Get in early and book your Valentine’s meal at the Courtyard Cafe Bar. Our chefs take great pride in providing delicious food, locally-sourced and made with love. You can even catch Les Misérables in the cinema after.

2 course & 3 course options with a glass of bubbly on arrival and coffee included.

Book in at the Box Office on 01432 340555