Matinée provides dementia friendly cinema screenings across Derbyshire for people living with memory challenges, their family and friends.

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We aim to create a sociable and friendly atmosphere and we hope that all our patrons will enjoy the film and activities that we provide.

Volunteers and Movie Stars

Matinée film screenings include a great or classic film, often a musical, refreshments (including cake!), and interval events such as singing or fun film related activities.


We ensure our screenings are dementia friendly in a range of ways, including: creating a welcoming and relaxed environment; keeping lights on low during the film; providing clear signage; having a quiet space available for use at all times; and making sure all our staff and volunteers have suitable training.  All our venues are wheelchair accessible, with appropriate facilities.

Please note: Matinée does not provide any personal care or supervision, and the events are not held in secure spaces.

Ready for Autumn!

We have celebrity endorsement for our Autumn screenings! Here’s our new display showcasing our publicity. Check out the Events page for more details! Tell your friends, and book in for the films across Derbyshire. If you know any shops, cafes, or groups that you think we should be sending publicity to – please drop us … Read more…

Shall we dance? at QUAD, Derby

Visitors seemed to really enjoy the latest dementia friendly film screening of The King and I at QUAD, Derby on 13th February. Unprompted singing could be heard  throughout  Getting to know you,  Whistle a happy tune … Lots of feet were audibly tapping along to ‘Shall we dance ?‘ and when Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner paused in their duet, the … Read more…

120+ Singin’ in the Winding Wheel!

We held our first ever screening at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on 7th February with Singin’ in the Rain. Over 120 carers and people living with dementia came to enjoy the afternoon, with film, refreshments and chats. A huge thanks to the wonderful Chesterfield Borough Council staff who helped on the day, and all … Read more…