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

matinee screening

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.

Cancellation of Matinée films due to COVID19

Sadly we have to cancel all our scheduled Matinée films with immediate effect for the foreseeable future. This is due to the ongoing COVID19 situation. We are following advice from Public Health. We hope to reschedule at a later date when things have calmed down. In the meantime, we hope you and yours stay safe.


Cancellation of March 2020 films

We have been advised to cancel our March screenings in light of the current COVID19 situation. This affects the screening in Bolsover on Wed 18 March, and Matlock on 20 March 2020. We will be reviewing our future screenings as soon as a national policy on self-distancing and self-isolation is further developed. We’re very sorry to


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