Dementia Friendly Screenings

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Due to the coronavirus situation, the David Lean Cinema has ceased screening films for the foreseeable future. This includes the 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). Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening, from 10.15am (except The Wizard of Oz, where refreshments will be served after the film).

The dates and titles of the films are listed below, along with reservation links. All the performances will start at 11am, except The Wizard of Oz, which will start at 2pm. Admission is £1 for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). You can reserve places in advance or pay on the door.

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 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.

CARMEN JONES screening cancelled.

Tuesday 5 May 2020
FUNNY FACE (1957), starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn

Top fashion photographer Dick Avery (Astaire) discovers shy shop assistant Jo Stockton (Hepburn) in a Greenwich Village book store, and tries to turn her into a top model.

Click here to reserve seats for FUNNY FACE

Tuesday 19 May 2020
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon


When two male musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) witness a mob hit, they escape disguised as women, and join an all-female band featuring singer Sugar Kane (Monroe) on the way to a Miami hotel. Unfortunately the gangsters they are fleeing are heading to the same place.

Click here to reserve seats for SOME LIKE IT HOT

Tuesday 2 June 2020
PARINEETA (2005), starring Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt


In this Bollywood musical the lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man.

Click here to reserve seats for PARINEETA

Tuesday 7 July 2020
WONDERFUL LIFE (1964), starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows


A singer and his musicians find themselves high and dry in the Canary Islands, where they get involved with a film crew shooting an epic. Could it be improved with a few musical numbers… ?

Click here to reserve seats for WONDERFUL LIFE

Tuesday 1 September 2020
PILLOW TALK (1959), starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson

Doris Day plays Jan Morrow, a single woman and independent interior decorator. Due to the demand for phone lines in the area, she is forced to share a party line with Brad Allen, who lives in an apartment nearby. The two spar on the phone, but it is only some time later that Brad learns who Jan is, and masquerades as a handsome Texan rancher – except to toy with Jan, this smooth talking Southerner is… just a touch too fruity to be true.

Click here to reserve seats for PILLOW TALK

Tuesday 6 October 2020
STORMY WEATHER (1943), starring Lena Horne

This musical romance features a host of African-American performers – Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Dooley Wilson and the Nicholas Brothers.

Click here to reserve seats for STORMY WEATHER

Tuesday 3 November 2020
BLUE HAWAII (1961), starring Elvis Presley


Returning to Hawaii after leaving the Army, Chad Gates (Presley) defies his parents’ wishes to join the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

Click here to reserve seats for BLUE HAWAII

Saturday 12 December 2020 at 2pm
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), starring Judy Garland


In this classic Hollywood fantasy, Dorothy is transported by a tornado from Kansas to the magical world of Oz, where she joins a trio of friends on a quest to find the magical Wizard who they hope will solve their problems.

Click here to reserve seats for THE WIZARD OF OZ

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