Dementia Friendly Screenings

The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, are organising another series of popular films for 2020. These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible 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. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.

Admission is £1 on the door for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening.

The dates and titles of the films are listed below, along with reservation links. All but the last film’s performances will start at 11am, with refreshments available from 10.15am. Admission is £1 on the door for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). If you would like more information about these screenings, please use our online contact form, with Dementia Friendly Screenings in the Subject field. There are a limited number of wheelchair places. If you would like one of these, please let us know using the online contact form, with Dementia Friendly Screenings Wheelchair Request in the Subject field.

Tuesday 7 January 2020
PAKEEZAH (1972), starring Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari
Meena Kumari plays the doomed Sahibjaan, who is born in a graveyard to a dying mother who was once a famed courtesan. Taken in by her aunt she follows in her mother’s footsteps but a chance encounter leads to her falling in love with a man she cannot marry. Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.

Click here to reserve seats for PAKEEZAH

Tuesday 4 February 2020
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964), starring The Beatles
In their big screen debut, the Fab Four struggle with screaming fans and Paul’s mischievous grandfather as they prepare for a live TV performance.

Contains hits such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Tell Me Why and She Loves You.

Click here to reserve seats for A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

Tuesday 3 March 2020
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952), starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds
Kelly stars as Don Lockwood, a romantic Hollywood actor coming to terms with the arrival of sound. Can he, his pal Cosmo and young starlet Kathy (Reynolds) help the studio overcome the fact that his co-star, Lina Lamont, has a voice like sandpaper!

Click here to reserve seats for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Tuesday 7 April 2020
CARMEN JONES (1954), starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge
An update to Bizet’s opera, set in an all-black army camp during the Korean War. Parachute maker Carmen (Dandridge) is attracted to Joe (Belafonte), a trainee pilot, but their love affair is doomed.

Click here to reserve seats for CARMEN JONES

Other screenings in 2020 (titles not yet confirmed):

  • Tuesday 5 May – By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
  • Tuesday 19 May  – Some Like It Hot (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
  • Tuesday 2 June – Parineeta (2005), Bollywood musical
  • Tuesday 7 July – Wonderful Life (1964), starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows
  • Tuesday 1 September – Funny Face (1957), starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn
  • Tuesday 6 October – Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong
  • Tuesday 3 November – Blue Hawaii (1961), starring Elvis Presley
  • Saturday 12 December  2pm – The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring Judy Garland