Dementia Friendly Screenings - Picturehouse Spotlight

Dementia Friendly Screenings

As part of our commitment to be Dementia Friendly, Picturehouse run monthly Dementia Friendly screenings at 16 of our cinemas across the country, and over 200 of our staff have attended information sessions run by The Alzheimer’s Society to become Dementia Friends*.

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.

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.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits are served for half an hour before the film to give people the chance to meet and socialise with others, and to familiarise themselves with the cinema space.

Tickets are at the reduced price of £4 per person, with a free place for accompanying carers.

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The films we are showing over the next few months are…


Grease (PG), 110min


Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

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Mary Poppins Returns (U), 130min

Mary Poppins Returns

Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Whishaw
Duration: 130 min 

Nearly three decades after her first visit to London, the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) soars back into the capital to look after the Banks children in their time of need.

The now grown-up Jane (Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Whishaw) are living in the same house on Cherry Tree Lane, along with Michael’s three children and their housekeeper Ellen (Walters).

The family are in danger of losing their home, and Michael is struggling after a personal loss, but the practically perfect nanny returns just in time to rekindle the fun and wonder missing from their lives – with a little help from street lamplighter Jack (Miranda) and her eccentric cousin Topsy (Streep).

Boasting wonderful songs, classic 2D animation and cameos from some familiar faces, this is a delightful reunion for all to enjoy, whether you grew up with the magic or are discovering it for the first time.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (PG), 91min

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Charles Coburn, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe
Duration: 91 min 

Fassbinder was fascinated by strong, smart women using their wiles to navigate a man’s world; Hawks’ gorgeous musical about two showgirls sailing for Paris while checking out suitably moneyed males fits the bill perfectly. Monroe and Russell are terrific, the musical numbers are simultaneously sumptuous and ironic, and the colour and costumes are ravishing.

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*Becoming a Dementia Friend simply means finding out more about how dementia affects a person – and then, armed with this understanding, committing to doing small everyday things that help the Dementia Community. Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend 


West Norwood Picturehouse – 4th Friday of each month
Bromley Picturehouse3rd Thursday of each month
The Ritzy, Brixton – Last Tuesday of each month
East Dulwich Picturehouse – 1st Thursday of each month 
Gate Picturehouse – 4th Monday of each month 
Stratford East Picturehouse – Last Monday of each month 
Hackney Picturehouse – 4th Friday of each month 
Crouch End Picturehouse – 4th Thursday of each month 
The Ritzy, Brixton – Last Tuesday of each month


Ashford Picturehouse2nd Wednesday of each month
The Duke of York’s, Brighton – 4th Friday of each month
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford – Last Wednesday of each month 
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – Third Friday of each month 
The Cameo, Edinburgh – Last Monday of each month 
Exeter Picturehouse – 1st Wednesday of each Month 
The Regal, Henley – 1st Wednesday of each month
Cinema City, Norwich – Dementia Friendly screenings are on the 3rd Friday of the month for Feb and March, then will move to the last Friday of the month as of April
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool – 3rd Wednesday of each month
Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse –2nd Wednesday of each month 
City Screen, York – Last Monday of each month

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