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.

Matinée Dementia Friendly Films – Interim evaluation just out!

We are delighted to share our the Interim report from the Matinée Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings learning programme: Matinee Interim report Year 3 02.20 FV      This report has been put together by the research team at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham – Dr Emma Broome, Professor Tom Dening, and


2020 – Here we go!

A new year – a new suite of films to enjoy and share! Here’s our programme for 2020. You can also download it as PDF: Matinee 2020 leaflet – FINAL-compressed If you’d like a paper copy of the leaflet, just drop Frances an email at [email protected] and she’ll send some over to you.


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

We had a busy day on Tuesday 10 December with over 250 people enjoying dementia friendly screenings across the county. We had over 40 at QUAD in Derby, and over 215 at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield! And none of it would be possible without the fabulous help of our Alzheimer’s Society volunteers! They are