Image copyright: Studiocanal Films Ltd.
Image copyright: Studiocanal Films Ltd.

A brand new restoration of The Dam Busters will premiere as one of the Official Opening events for Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre on Saturday April 14th.

With 2018 marking the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s most daring operation of World War II, Studiocanal is proud to partner with The Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open air cinema, to screen the The Dam Busters restoration premiere at Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre, barely 7 miles from where the planes took off that fateful night.

During the Second World War, Lincoln became unofficially known as ‘Bomber County’. It was home to a third of all bomber command stations and, due to the area’s flat geography, lent itself perfectly to runways and airstrips.

RAF Scampton was the base for 617 Squadron, famously referred to as The Dambusters following their daring mission to destroy a vital trio of Germany’s dams in 1943. Lincoln Cathedral was the last British landmark the squadron saw as they took off on their mission, making the nearby International Bomber Command Centre a suitably fitting venue in which to unveil the premiere of the restored film. The £12.5 million Centre opened in January to commemorate those who served and supported Bomber Command and recognising the significant contribution of Lincolnshire to the outcome of WWII.

Regarded as a British classic, The Dam Busters is directed by Michael Anderson. Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the heroic exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb. Starring Richard Todd as Gibson and Michael Redgrave as scientist and engineer Dr Barnes Wallis, the film also immortalised composer’s Eric Coates’s masterpiece: The Dam Busters March.

Gates open at International Bomber Command Centre at 7pm on April 14th, with The Dam Busters screening at 8pm. Tickets priced at £14/£12 (concs) plus booking fee are available here:

On the 17th May, the actual anniversary of the raid, TV historian Dan Snow will host commemorations at the Royal Albert Hall, including a film screening. The event will also be simulcast into over 300 cinemas nationwide. The Dam Busters will be available in various formats from June 4th, which includes an exclusive ‘Making of The Dam Busters’ documentary and will also be available in a Special Collectors Edition featuring a 64-page booklet, a rare aerial photographic print of the Mohne Dam following the attack (signed by the original 617 Squadron) and a set of five art cards.

Win tickets to see The Dam Busters premiere

Lincs Scene have teamed up with The Luna Cinema and Studiocanal to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Dam Busters premiere at Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre on Saturday April 14th. To be in with a chance of winning one of these
fantastic prizes, simply answer the following question:

Who was 617 Squadron’s Commander:

(A) Dr Barnes Wallis (B) Guy Gibson

Please email your answer (and your name and address) to Please type “Dam Busters” in the email subject line. Closing date for entries: 10-04-18. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email.