The Picturehouse chain of cinemas have announced they are launching a programme of dementia-friendly film screenings at 20 of their locations across the UK.

Dementia friendly film screenings

In an attempt to make the experience of enjoying an afternoon out at the cinema less intimidating for people living with dementia and easier for their carers, Picturehouse have teamed up with the British Film Institute's Film Audience Network to reduce the cost of tickets and provide a safe, welcoming atmosphere.

Dementia friendly activity....

"Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible to local dementia communities by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment", says Picturehouse.

“Open to the general public too, the screenings are enhanced to suit the needs of people living with dementia: the lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around – or sing along to any musical numbers! – should they wish to.”

Tickets are priced at an affordable £4 per person with a free place for an accompanying carer. The cinema will be open for half an hour before the screening starts so that people can familiarise themselves with the space, and free tea and coffee will be served giving people a chance to meet each other and socialise.

Classic movies...

The films being shown over the next few months are all feel-good classics that will have your feet tapping and bring a smile to your face. 

dementia friendly cinema movie screenings

42nd Street tells the story of an ailing Broadway director who returns to produce one final show, but when his leading lady is injured she must be replaced by a novice.

Featuring the dazzling choreography of Busby Berkeley, this classic musical from 1933 has aged to perfection. The final twenty minute sequence will leave you tapping your toes, with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

dementia friendly film screenings

In Meet me in St Louis, Alonzo Smith faces the dilemma of whether to uproot his family to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther’s romance with the boy-next-door John Truett and causing emotional trauma for the rest of the household.

A feel-good classic including several famous musical numbers such as The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

dementia friendly cinema

Gene Kelly stars in An American in Paris as an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier. However, his paintings come to the attention of Milo Roberts, a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art.

With a fantastic soundtrack from George Gershwin.

At cinemas across the country....

For the dates of screenings click on the link at the side of each cinema listed below...

Clapham Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
East Dulwich Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
Greenwich Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
Gate Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
Stratford East Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
Hackney Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
Crouch End Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings


Little Theatre Cinema, Bath – no listings live yet
The Duke of York’s, Brighton – Dementia Friendly screenings
National Media Museum, Bradford – Dementia Friendly screenings
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – Dementia Friendly screenings
The Cameo, Edinburgh – Dementia Friendly screenings
Exeter Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
The Regal, Henley – Dementia Friendly screenings
Cinema City, Norwich – Dementia Friendly screenings
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool – Dementia Friendly screenings
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford – Dementia Friendly screenings
Harbour Lights, Southampton – Dementia Friendly screenings
Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings
City Screen, York – Dementia Friendly screenings

Source: Picturehouse Blog 18/10/16

by admin 

October 20, 2016