We put on more than twenty feature film screenings every year. We are run by unpaid volunteers elected by the members and have kept a very wide range of cinema alive in Abingdon for over 40 years.
Our programming includes films that you might expect to see in a mainstream cinema, but we go way beyond that. About half our titles are from the English-speaking world. The other half has English sub-titles, and most of these are recent films - our programme is truly international! Also we have special events - for example an annual silent film with live piano accompaniment, and several showings each year introduced by guest speakers. Not to forget a couple of pre-film buffets each season.
When/where we meet
Our season runs from early October to end March. Unless otherwise advised we meet weekly on Thursdays at 7:45 pm in the Abingdon Health & Wellbeing Centre (address above). The Centre has excellent level wheelchair access. There is convenient car parking nearby.
Our film screenings are a communal event - people talk to each other before and after the film! Films at home are not the same! People get to know each other and friendships are formed.
Our current members are all adults and we have no special provision for physical or mental problems.
Our members can take a role in running the society if they wish, and several do.
We are all gently prompted to think about films we have seen. We believe in entertainment which involves the head, the heart and the funny bone, sometimes all at once.
Generally we do not show films for children and always adhere to the film classification criteria which we use in our brochure and other publicity. If adults regarded as vulnerable wished to attend, we would expect them to be accompanied by a carer with appropriate skills since we do not have this capability within our Society