As part of our commitment to be Dementia Friendly, Picturehouse run monthly Dementia Friendly screenings at 20 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:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (U)Director: Stanley Donen. Starring: Howard Keel, Jane Powell. USA 1954. 102 mins.
When backwoodsman Adam brings his new bride home to his farm, his six unruly brothers decide they would like to get married too. But as Milly sets about turning the unwashed louts into gentlemen, Adam advises the boys to kidnap the objects of their affections rather than woo them.
On The Town (U)
Director: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller. USA 1949. 98 mins.
Producer Arthur Freed turned New York into a giant sound stage for this hectic ‘sailors on leave’ romantic comedy, which is notable not only for the superb Leonard Bernstein score but also for the musical numbers shot on location. Few dance sequences in film are as fresh, exhilarating and imaginative as the ballet on top of the Empire State Building.
Jungle Book (1967)
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman. USA 1967. 77 mins.
Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. age.
Director: Richard Thorpe. Starring: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor. USA 1957. 95 mins.
One of the best of Elvis Presley’s pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, ‘dangerous’ Elvis that won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders.
*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
Greenwich Picturehouse – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Monday 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
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath – Dementia Friendly screenings will run every 4-6 weeks on a Saturday
The Duke of York’s, Brighton – Dementia Friendly screenings 4th Friday of each month
National Media Museum, Bradford – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Tuesday 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
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Tuesday of each month
Harbour Lights, Southampton – Dementia Friendly screenings Last Monday 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