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…
Singin; In The Rain (U)
Director: Dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. USA. 1952. 102 mins.
To follow the acclaim for An American in Paris, which won him the 1951 Oscar for best picture, songwriter-turned-producer Arthur Freed charged screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green with writing a musical based around some of his own most popular early songs. The result was a nostalgic tribute to the Hollywood of a bygone era starring Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, the swashbuckling silent star at a film studio grappling with the coming of sound. From the iconic scene in which Lockwood, smitten with young actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), dances home during a downpour singing the title song, to the extended ballet sequence featuring Cyd Charisse in a parody of the gangster film, Singin’ in the Rain represents the musical genre at its most energetic and ambitious.Find your cinema and book tickets
Mamma Mia (sing-a-long) (PG)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd. Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried. 2008. 120 min
Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.Find your cinema and book tickets
My Sister Sileen (U)
Director: Richard Quine. Starring: Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, Jack Lemon. 1955. 120 min
Two small-town sisters — an aspiring writer, Ruth (Betty Garrett), and a would-be actress, Eileen (Janet Leigh) — move to New York City. They find lodging in a shabby apartment and struggle to locate promising gigs. Ruth eventually meets magazine editor Bob Baker (Jack Lemmon), who tells her to write about her life experiences rather than fiction. As it turns out, Eileen’s life, with her various romantic encounters, is far more interesting, so Ruth steals the stories for herself.Find your cinema and book tickets
*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 – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Friday 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