This Sunday: Batman and Batman Returns at former Bristol IMAX

This Sunday: Batman and Batman Returns at former Bristol IMAX

Posted on: 09 Dec 2022

It’s refreshing to see so much going on at what was once Bristol IMAX at Bristol Aquarium and, this Sunday, one of cinema’s favourite superheroes take to the massive screen.


Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns will be screened at the former Bristol IMAX on Sunday 11 December.


Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Batman Returns, ever popular Bristol video shop 20th Century Flicks have planned an extra special double bill of renowned director Tim Burton’s Caped Crusader films.


Tickets for the double bill can be found here.



Released in 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman is the first instalment of Warner Bros.’ initial Batman film franchise. Michael Keaton takes on the role of DC’s caped vigilante hero who must battle Jack Nicholson’s to keep the citizens of Gotham City safe. 


Batman proved a critical success thanks to the performances of the leading actors as well as the $400 million earned at the box office, making it the fifth highest grossing film of all time. 



Perhaps the best loved movie of the two, Batman Returns (1992) sees Batman go up against crime kingpin Oswald Cobbleplot, or Penguin – famously portrayed by Danny DeVito – with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman also playing a key role.


One of the main reasons that the sequel endures in the minds of fans is its darkness and tendency to dip into the ridiculous. With DeVito’s ridiculous prosthetics, Pfieffer’s showstopping performance and the mad political satire plot, Batman Returns is widely seen as one of the more fun additions to the superhero genre.



Over the past year, 20th Century Flicks have put on a multitude of vastly successful screenings at the former IMAX, located within Bristol Aquarium with a variety of horror, action and comedy classics all showing.


Taking place on Sunday 11 December, the double bill of Batman and Batman Returns looks to be the perfect Christmas day out for audiences that don’t go in for nice-list merriment and tinsel-fringed platitudes. 


Batman will be screened at 3 PM and Batman Returns at 5:30 PM with one-film admission priced at £7 (£5 concession) and double admission at £12 (£8). Tickets can be found here.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.