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 Professor Justine Schneider – and is an excellent reflection of both this year and of the project so far, leading us into year 4 of the 5-year project with some very interesting evidence and questions.
     Matinée is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Derbyshire County Council Public Health, and run by Arts Derbyshire.
     Do feel free to distribute the report to those who might be interested, and we look forward to the final project report which will be published in 2021. If you have any questions or queries about the report, or would like some help in setting up your own cinema screenings or making other arts work more dementia friendly, please do contact the team:
  • Arts and Health Co-ordinator (maternity cover for this role from 24/2/20): Rachel Massey – [email protected]
  • Matinée Project Co-ordinator: Frances Watt – [email protected]

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 truly magnificent!


Four volunteers smiling behind a table of cups of tea
Fabulous volunteers at Chesterfield!
People arriving at The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Watching Miracle on 34th Street, The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield


More dementia friendly films in Derbyshire Dales!

Matinée Derbyshire and Darley Dale Film Club are working together to provide 4 dementia friendly film screenings this Autumn/Winter. 2 in Matlock, 2 in Darley Dale. Please do share with people living with dementia, their friends, families and carers. Thanks!

Dementia Friendly Films in Matlock and Darley Dale v3

 Friday, 27 September : Singin’ in the Rain [U]






Darley Dale – The Methodist Hall, Darley Dale, DE4 2FT

FREE. Doors open, and light refreshments 1.30pm. Films start at 2pm.

Friday, 4 October : The Magnificent Seven[PG]

Matlock– Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, DE4 3NL

£4, carer free. Doors open, and light refreshments 1pm. Start at 1.30pm.






Friday, 22 November : Some Like It Hot [12]

Darley Dale – The Methodist Hall, Darley Dale, DE4 2FT

FREE. Doors open, and light refreshments 1.30pm. Films start at 2pm.






Friday, 6 December : White Christmas[U]

Matlock– Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, DE4 3NL

£4, carer free. Doors open, and light refreshments 1pm. Films start at 1.30pm.





Open to all members of the public, the programme offers a relaxed, sociable atmosphere with tea, coffee and cake being served.

Please let us know if you would like help with transport.

People living with dementia and family members often feel isolated as they may find it difficult to cope in unfamiliar social groupings and settings.  This special programme is designed with an interval to create a small, comfortable, welcoming venue. There is ready access to toilets or a quiet area during the screening of the film and people are free to move around during the performance.

Family members or carers will be expected to accompany those with dementia. Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society and Darley Dale Film Society will act in a supportive role.

Elvis is in the building!

On Wed 13th May, Elvis Presley spent the afternoon wooing a Long Eaton audience at St John’s Church Hall. Over 50 people came to enjoy the film Blue Hawaii and sing along with Elvis!

We were also thrilled to be joined by the Belper Ukulele Group. Eight of them came to sing through some classic songs like You are my sunshine, When I’m cleaning windows, Hit the road Jack and Waltzing Matilda! They were great fun – and we enjoyed singing along with them!

Please come to the next Long Eaton film screening on Wed 18th September – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Kicking off the 2019 season in Chesterfield

Genevieve at The Winding Wheel, Feb 2019

Over 70 people came to the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Wed 6th Feb to enjoy the vintage car chase classic – Genevieve. There was a lovely mix of regular attendees, and quite a few new people who hadn’t been before. Again, we had superb support from our Alzheimer’s Society volunteers: Helen, Colin, Ann and Heather.  We’re also tremendously grateful for the support from Wendy Blunt at Chesterfield Borough Council, and the Winding Wheel’s front of house, catering and technical staff too.


Our next Chesterfield screening is 8th May 2019. We’ll be showing The Band Wagon, featuring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant.


Why we do what we do…

We sometimes get asked what makes us dementia friendly, and why that is important. Here’s a lovely piece of feedback that answers that:

“My dad did quite a bit of talking. He loves this film and was talking along with the actors and also excited to share his memories with me while it was on. What was great was that no one minded – no one tutted or frowned at his talking and joining in with the film. It meant that we could both relax and really enjoy ourselves.”


Here’s our 2019 programme – please pass on to anyone living with dementia, their family, friends and carers. Thanks!

2019 Calendar of Matinée films in Derbyshire

Check out our brand new 2019 Calendar of dementia friendly films for Derbyshire! This lists all the films we’re showing in Belper, Matlock, Buxton, Derby, Long Eaton, Swadlincote, Shirebrook, Chesterfield and Dronfield in the new year.

All the details of the films (venue, featured actors, short synopsis, timings) are also uploaded on this website. You can check them all out on the Events page.

If you’d like a copy of the leaflet then please download the PDF here:  Matinee 2019 leaflet – FINAL

or get in touch with Frances at [email protected] and we’ll send it in the post.

Hope to welcome you to a screening soon!

Christmas has arrived!

Matinée dived into the festive celebrations with over 200 people attending our dementia friendly film screening of White Christmas as the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on 21st November. People living with dementia, their friends, family and carers started arriving from 12.30pm, complete with festive jumpers and Santa hats! A couple of care home groups made a full afternoon of it by bringing a packed lunch, and enjoying a soundtrack of 1950s carols before the main film started.
A great team of volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society, and staff from Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council Public Health team all helped to serve teas and coffees to everyone. There were mincepies too, kindly donated by Morrisons. In the interval we had a great sing a long of favourite Christmas songs including Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and lots of carols! There were also a couple of quizzes based on the film and the carols with prizes handed out at the end.
And there’s still a chance to join in the Christmas fun with Matinée with following screenings taking place:
Telephone: 07449 732322