Cinemas across the UK recognise World Alzheimer’s Month

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Cinemas across the UK will be recognising World Alzheimer’s Month this September with a series of dementia-friendly film events. 

The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners are making film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, will offer safe and welcoming experiences.

The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


Dementia friendly screenings are adapted to make them more accessible for people living with dementia.  Cinemas normally will have the lights on dim, the volume slightly lower, and a relaxed atmosphere. It is understood that people in the audience may want to get up and move around, may need to leave the screening and return, may talk, sing or make noise. All this is acceptable. Often more staff are available to help. Wheelchair spaces are often limited, so visitors are encouraged to book ahead.


  • Jailhouse Rock! (U) @ Picturehouse Liverpool at FACT – Wednesday 20th Sep, 12.00

Open to all but especially for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Join them for free tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to socialise for 30 minutes before the film. The film will start at the time stated.


  • Victoria and Abdul (PG) @ Storyhouse in Chester – Saturday 23rd Sep, 15.45

Relaxed film screenings at Storyhouse are for anyone who would welcome watching a film in a more relaxed environment. They have been designed to be friendlier to people with cognitive and sensory disorders, autism spectrum conditions, or dementia. The screenings are open to all, even if you don’t need the adjustments they make for these screenings.

In relaxed screenings they keep the cinema lights on low and adjust the volume of the film so that it is not as loud as usual. You are free to move around, and leave and re-enter the cinema when you like.  There will be a more relaxed attitude towards noise and talking during the screening.

They hold special relaxed screenings of family friendly films the last Sunday of every month. They also offer the opportunity to watch some of our new release feature films in a relaxed environment.


  • Matinée provides dementia friendly cinema screenings across Derbyshire for people living with memory challenges, their family and friends. Matinée film screenings include a great or classic film, often a musical, refreshments and interval events such as singing or fun film reminiscence activities. Please note: Matinée does not provide any personal care or supervision, and the events are not held in secure spaces.

CASABLANCA – Monday 4 September 2017 – Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. Cost £4 incl tea/coffee, 1 carer/family member comes free, Doors 1:00pm, Film Starts 1:30pm.

KISS ME KATE – Monday 11 September 2017 – Nailers Conference Centre at Belper Football Club, Belper. Cost £4 incl tea/coffee, 1 carer/family member comes free, Doors 1:00pm, Film Starts 1:30pm.

CALAMITY JANE – Wednesday 13 September 2017 – Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Cost £3 (includes tea and cake), Doors 1:00pm, Film Starts 1:30pm.

OKLAHOMA! – Wednesday 20 September 2017 – St John’s Church Hall, Long Eaton.Cost £4 incl tea/coffee, 1 carer/family member comes free, Doors 1:00pm, Film Starts 1:30pm.



Leigh Film Society Afternoon Classic Cinema Club Leigh’s Classic Cinema Club occurs at:

  • the Turnpike on the last Friday of the month and is supported by Dementia Friends, Wigan Borough Age UK, Bright Days, and Pensioners Link
  • at The Pelican Centre every last Monday of the month and is supported by Dementia Friends, Wigan Council, and Bright Days.

MY FAIR LADY will be showing on:

Monday 25 September The Pelican Centre, Tyldesley – Doors open 1pm for 1.30pm start – Bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee, biscuits for sale.

Friday 29 September  – The Turnpike, Leigh – Doors open 12.30pm for 1pm start – £2 pp. Refreshments available.

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The Dukes – Lancaster – A Life More Ordinary

Monday 11 September – 2pm, (finishes approx. 3.30pm)

Uncover extraordinary treasures from Morecambe’s past with this afternoon of archive footage. The Dukes has partnered with the North West Film Archive to present a window to the past, with this collection of professional and amateur footage that explores life in Morecambe over the past 100 years. Tickets:  £4, Carers go free. Tea, coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm.


Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 2- 4:10pm

This film is part of A Life More Ordinary – our selection of dementia-friendly film screenings. Open to everyone, these take place in a relaxed environment with lower sound, low-lighting and people free to come and go as they please. There will be an interval with tea and cake.


Wem Town Hall


Monday 4th September, 1.30pm.

Screenings are limited to 50 places so pre-booking is recommended. Tickets are £5 per head and include a tea or coffee during the interval. Carers are free. We kindly remind customers that pastoral care is not provided at these screenings.  If you would like to book or require more information, please visit or contact us at For venue access information, please click here

Our dementia friendly screenings are specifically tailored to meet the needs of customers with dementia. This will include a lower sound level, improved and clearer way signing and specially trained volunteers on hand to assist. There will also be an interval at each showing with tea/coffee and biscuits on offer. This will offer a chance to socialise with other patrons and to discuss and inform the film programme for future screenings.