Shall we dance? at QUAD, Derby

The King and I imageVisitors 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 singing carried on in the audience! Lots of smiles and ‘thank you’s at the end, and recollections of when people had seen the film before – along with a definite consensus that Yul Brynner is a very handsome man…    One new visitor with her granddaughter told us the last time she went to the cinema was to see Shirley Valentine in 1989!

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.

Audience watching the film at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield

A huge thanks to the wonderful Chesterfield Borough Council staff who helped on the day, and all our volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society, and staff from Making Space.

The next Chesterfield screening is with Cliff Richard, taking us on a Summer Holiday on Wed 16th May 2018.

A Civic Welcome in Dronfield

Our series of films in Dronfield started today, Wednesday 31st Jan 2018. Mayor Philip Wright welcomed everyone to the Dronfield Civic Hall, and congratulated everyone for getting to the venue through the unexpected hail and snow that descended on Dronfield in the early afternoon!

Audience and the Mayor at Dronfield Civic Hall, January 2018

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society, and Luiza and Susie from Making Space. And a special thank you to the caretaker, Phil, for all his cinematic help and support!

Our next Dronfield film is ‘Victoria and Abdul’ on Wednesday 28th March 2018.

Launching new screenings in Shirebrook and Dronfield for 2018

Matinée is delighted to announce two new dementia friendly film series for 2018, launching in Shirebrook and Dronfield. Both series will start in January 2018, and show several films throughout the year. The first three films in each series have been announced.

This means that from January 2018, Matinée will have achieved full coverage across Derbyshire with dementia friendly films series in each of the boroughs and districts within the county, and Derby City.

We’re very excited to be reaching across the county with this scheme, and look forward to welcoming you to our screenings! Please pass on the news! Thank you!

.  Matinée leaflet for 2018

Matlock celebrates first screening

We were proud to hold our first film screening in Matlock on Friday 3rd November 2017. An audience of 21 enjoyed the company of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock.

We were well looked after by the Imperial Rooms staff, and assisted by our volunteers too! The next Matlock screening will be ‘American in Paris’ in February 2018. Do pass on the information to anyone living with dementia, their friends, families and carers.

Wonderful Volunteers!

Here is a photo of our trusty Alzheimer’s Society volunteers helping at the Buxton screening of ‘Carousel’ earlier this week. They are a fantastic bunch, helping us set up the venue, serve refreshments, welcoming and socialising with the audience, and getting stuck into the washing up too!

We are lucky to have a terrific volunteers across Derbyshire – but there’s always space for more – so do get in touch if you’d like to join in with Team Matinée!  Just email Frances on



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 cinema.

Cinemas have an important part to play in tackling the social and economic impact of dementia, by allowing people living with dementia to continue to participate in entertainment. The new cinema guide is designed to help cinemas improve their accessibility and become more dementia-friendly, an you can download it from their website here.