About Screenings

Matinée provides film screenings for people living in the community who have memory challenges and their friends, family members or carers. We aim to create a sociable and friendly atmosphere and hope that all our patrons will enjoy the film and activities that we provide. Matinée screenings are run across Derbyshire by Arts Derbyshire and supported by Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Health Services, the Film Hub North West Central and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Here’s what a couple of our patrons say about coming to our screenings. This was taken after a screening of Calamity Jane at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield:

Who can come to Matinée?

Matinée screenings are for people who have a dementia or memory challenges to attend with their friend, family member or carer. 

Please note: Matinée does not provide any personal care or supervision, and the events are not held in secure spaces.

What happens at a screening?  

When you arrive we will welcome you and offer you some refreshments. The film will start at 1.30 so it’s good to arrive in plenty of time to take your seats. About half way through the film we will have an interval. During the interval, more refreshments will be on offer as well as fun film reminiscence materials or activities, or even singing! We’ll then watch the rest of the film. We’ll let you know in advance what the finish time will be, so that you can arrange transport (this varies depending on the length of the film).

What’s your favourite film?

What are the films that you would like to come out and see?  Tell us what your favourite film choices are, and we’ll try and include them in future screenings!  Email the Project Co-ordinator:  [email protected] or leave a message on tel: 07449 732322

Who are we?

Matinée screenings are organised by the Matinée Project Co-ordinator (Frances Watt), with the support of staff from partner organisations like Public Health, the Alzheimer’s Society, Making Space and our team of dedicated volunteers who are trained by the Alzheimer’s Society.


We can put you in touch with a local transport scheme to help you get to screenings. Some financial support is available to help you access this. Please talk to the staff or volunteers at the screening, or contact the Project Co-ordinator in advance.

Data protection and confidentiality 

We will keep your information confidential and not use it for anything except publicising and evaluating our service. Exceptions will only be made where there is a genuine concern for safety and wellbeing. You can ask to be taken off our mailing list at any time.

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