LUC Presents Howard The Duck


LUC returns to the Spa Centre Cinema on Friday 25th October for another journey into the world of cult film…

In 1986, before the current era of endless, boring, superhero movies, George Lucas brought the world the first big Marvel flick. The tale of an amorous, sarcastic, trans-dimensional, cigar smoking duck. A duck named Howard who battles evil aliens, plays in a rock band and develops a worryingly romantic relationship with Lea Thompson from Back To The Future.

In an exciting turn of events, this exceptionally odd and singular cult movie will be introduced by renowned superhero movie expert Dr James Taylor, who teaches Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. James will consider where Howard the Duck fits into Hollywood’s current obsession with superheroes and ask how the heck Howard the Duck got a film before Spider-Man. Don’t expect a clear answer.

Doors 7.15 // Starts 7.30 // Rating 12A // Tickets £6


The worryingly inevitable emergence of Leamington Underground

Because there just isn’t enough subterranean cultural action occurring in the Leamington Spa – Leamington Underground Cinema is expanding to do some exciting new things.

In a move that can only be described as ‘contrary’, the glorious central committee has decided that this expansion should be signalled by shortening the overall name of the ongoing movement to ‘Leamington Underground’ – a saving on wordage of 33%.

So there is a new website at – which will be gradually taking over from this one. All sorts of new and exciting things happening soon.

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Repo Man screening – 27th July!!!

LUC presents Alex Cox’s Repo Man – the legendary 1984 cult classic starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton – on Saturday 27th July at the Spa Centre cinema.

A young punk is initiated into the bizarre world of vehicle repossession after helping to steal a car. Everyone is looking for 1964 Chevy Malibu being driven by an escaped mad scientist, with something very top secret and highly dangerous in the boot. A midnight movie classic that takes a very sideways tilt at Reagan’s America with amazing soundtrack featuring the likes of Black Flag and Iggy Pop.

Doors 7.15, Starts 7.30

Tickets £6 from wegottickets




Showgirls Date Changed to 27th June

Due to a variety of not all that exciting reasons, our screening of showgirls has been changed to Thursday 27th June 2019

Tickets are available for £6 from wegottickets right now.



If you ever wondered: “What would happen if the director of Robocop spent £45 million dollars making a film about strippers?”, then you are in luck. On 29th May 2019 Leamington Underground Cinema presents the garish, epic, oh my god I can’t believe this is happening, cinematic marvel that is Showgirls at the Spa Centre Cinema.

An infamous failure upon initial release, now a camp, cult classic. This movie is a trashy mess to some, a subversive satire to others but above all a wildly entertaining experience for everyone.

Tickets £6 via wegottickets, or in person from Underboard at 3 Court Street.

Doors 7.15. Starts 7.30. Rated 18.

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Videodrome – the cold hard cash breakdown

Hope everyone enjoyed (or at least was intrigued by) the screening of Videodrome last night. Had some really good feedback and there is definitely a desire for more alternative and non-mainstream film screenings soon – from the trailers we showed it sounds like Dellamorte Dellamore, could be a popular choice.

As promised for those who are interested in this sort of thing, or are interested in putting on their own events, here is a breakdown of the numbers for the Videodrome screening on Sunday 7th:

  • We sold 50 tickets at £4 each, so income is: £200
  • We spent £38.50 promoting and marketing the event (flyers and facebook ads)
  • The cost of the venue and the licence from the distributor for screening the film totalled £294.98
  • So our costs are: £332.98
  • Therefore our overall outcome is a loss of £132.98.

Don’t start weeping uncontrollably for us yet, we weren’t expecting to make any money from this first screening. We are very optimistic that we can grow the audience up from 50 but obviously losing over a hundred quid a time isn’t going to be sustainable. For future screenings our options are:

  1. Increase ticket prices – To break even at the Spa Centre for an audience of 50 we would need to charge £8 (if this seems inconsistent with the costs above it is because film licensing works on a percentage of takings).
  2. Get more people in – To break even…
    • at £4 a ticket we would need an audience of 97
    • at £5 a ticket we would need an audience of 78
    • at £6 a ticket we would need an audience of 65
    • at £7 a ticket we would need an audience of 56
    • at £8 a ticket we would need an audience of 49
  3. Use a different venue – Unless we do pop-up screenings somewhere like North Hall, there aren’t many options in Leamington that can compete with the Spa Centre cinema in terms of capacity (160 seats) and convenience – its all ready to use, everyone knows how to get there and they have proper raked seating and modern screening equipment. The Vue is far more expensive (and everyone hates it), Temperance has a good screening room, but it is much smaller and not raked (if you want to do a film night I’d make them your first port of call) and Warwick Arts is now closed. Pop-up screenings are much cheaper in terms of hire, but require much more time and effort to set up and have more propensity for problems – so its a bit of a trade off.
  4. Negotiate a better/different deal with the Spa Centre – I’m working on that!
  5. Spend less on marketing – obviously this is double edged and the cost/benefit of facebook marketing is opaque at best, but I think a budget of £20/£30 to spread the word is necessary. The local press etc are generally uninterested in promoting this sort of thing until a day or two before.

LUC will be sending round a survey via the mailing list and social media in the next day or so to get views on ticket prices and marketing, so if you get the chance please fill that in as it will be really helpful. Alternatively give us a shout at with any thoughts – and if they contain less than the usual level of disturbing violent imagery and suggestions about doing a secret cinema screening of all of the Twilight films then we may get back to you.





Videodrome Tonight At The Spa Centre

Join us for an exciting evening of satirical, sci-fi, horror thrills with our screening of David Cronenberg’s masterpiece Videodrome at the Royal Spa Centre cinema.

Tickets are just £4, online sales are open until 5pm, you can grab tickets from Underboard on Court Street until 4pm and we will be selling them on the door of the cinema from 7.30.

Doors 7.45pm, Starts 8.00pm

Need directions? Please use this highly detailed satellite image to assist navigation:

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Grab your tickets for our Videodrome screening on Sunday 7th October, 8pm at the Spa Centre Cinema from Underboard in the real world,  or online from: