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'Casablanca' with a live orchestra (or 'why I'm kicking myself for not booking 'Love Actually' too)

Last week I went to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to see Casablanca on the big screen, accompanied by a full orchestra playing the score. I love my classic movies and although Casablanca's not my favourite, it's definitely one of the greats. The opportunity to watch it in such an atmospheric setting was one not to be missed. The Phil is a lovely 1930's art-deco building in Liverpool's Georgian quarter (the original was destroyed in the Blitz) which as well as holding classical concerts, is host to plenty of other events. I've been to see films there before too. Usually they have a proper old-fashioned big screen that rises up out of the stage (to the accompaniment of a man playing jaunty organ music  - it's a bit random to be honest) and they always show It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve (which is well worth going to.) But this time they needed the stage for the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra (playing Max Steiner's acclaimed score) to do their…

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