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Running time: 113 minutes

Seating: Allocated - See Seating Plan for More Details

We proudly present a Tees Valley International Film Festival 2023 gala screening of Ken Loach’s new film The Old Oak. Filmed and set in County Durham, this new work by this legend of British film was nominated for an award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and tells the story of the last remaining pub in a pit village in the North East where people are leaving as quickly as the mines that made this once thriving community are closing. Houses are cheap and available, thus making it an ideal location for Syrian refugees whose entry into the town makes tensions rise. As tempers fray and trouble simmers, the pub landlord strikes up an unlikely friendship.

To make the screening of this landmark film even more special, we will be joined by two very special guests – Dave Turner who plays the co-lead role of TJ, the pub landlord, and Chris McGlade who plays the fiery pub regular Vic – who will take part in an interview and Q&A hosted by Charlotte Gray. Don’t miss out on this unique screening of a very special piece of cinematic history.

Director: Ken Loach

Cast: Ebla Mari, Dave Turner, Debbie Honeywood, Joe Armstrong, Abigail Lawson, Laura Lee Daly

Additional screenings: Further (non-TVIFF) screenings of The Old Oak can be seen between Sat 28 Oct – Thu 2 Nov. Please click here to book for one of these additional dates.

  • Seating accessibility information

    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)

    Very strong language, racism theme