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.

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


Bye Bye Birdie (12a)

Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie

 Director: George Sidney. Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh. 1963. 112 mins

Set in America, 1958, the story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60’s ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert’s mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place.

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The Producers (PG)

The Producers
The Producers

Director: Mel Brooks. Starring: Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel. Duration: 105 min

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed up Broadway producer forced to romance old ladies to finance his plays. When timid accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) is brought in to do his books, he inadvertently reveals to Bialystock that under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than a hit. Bialystock cajoles Bloom into helping him achieve this end and together they come up with what they consider to be a sure-fire disaster waiting to happen – a musical version of Adolf and Eva’s love story entitled ‘Springtime For Hitler’. But is it possible that they might actually have the most unlikely hit of all time on their hands?

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Modern Times (U)

Modern Times
Modern Times

Director: Charlie Chaplin. Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman. 1936. 87 min

This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life.

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The Wizard of Oz (U)

Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Fleming. Starring: Judy Garland, Frank MOrgan, Ray Bolger. 1939. 102 min

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

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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 


Clapham Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 3rd Tuesday of each month
East Dulwich Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 1st Thursday of each month 
Gate Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Monday of each month 
Stratford East Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Monday of each month 
Hackney Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Friday of each month 
Crouch End Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Thursday of each month 

The Ritzy, Brixton – Dementia Friendly screenings last Tuesday of each month


The Duke of York’s, Brighton – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Friday of each month
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Wednesday of each month 
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – Dementia Friendly screenings Third Friday of each month 
The Cameo, Edinburgh – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Monday of each month 
Exeter Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 1st Wednesday of each Month 
The Regal, Henley – Dementia Friendly screenings First 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 – Dementia Friendly screenings Third Wednesday of each month
Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 2nd Wednesday of each month 
City Screen, York – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Monday of each month

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