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

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.

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

Dementia Friendly Screenings: A guide for cinemas

Today, the Alzheimer’s Society have published a new guide in their series promoting Dementia Friendly Communities. It is a guide for cinemas who want to develop Dementia Friendly Screenings. As we know, people affected by dementia often have to give up the things they love due to inaccessible and unsupportive environments. This includes visiting a … Read more…

Calamity Jane seen by 160+ in Chesterfield!

Calamity Jane drew over 160 people to our dementia friendly screening at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield yesterday! Thanks to our fantastic Alzheimer’s Society volunteers, and staff at Chesterfield Borough Council (and Wendy Blunt in particular) for their support, and all the groups, care homes and individuals who travelled on the Deadwood Stage, and through the Black Hills of … Read more…

Alzheimer’s month with dementia friendly screenings across the UK

Matinée, Arts Derbyshire’s dementia-friendly cinema programme, is recognising Alzheimer’s Month with screenings designed to support people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Screenings this month include Kiss Me Kate (11 th September), Calamity Jane (13 th September), and Oklahoma (20 th September). For full details including prices, venues and further screenings in 7 venues across Derbyshire see … Read more…