Dementia Friendly Cinema

Regal Picturehouse in Henley-on-Thames is a Dementia Friendly Cinema.  Once a month they have Dementia-Friendly Screening.  The cinema is open to all but especially for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers.  There is a chance to socialise for 30 minutes before the film and enjoy free tea, coffee and biscuits.

During the film, lights are left on low.  Viewers are welcome to talk, move around and sing along as they wish.  There is also a 20 minute interval halfway through the film.  As you will see from the list below, the films selected are films which many people with dementia may well be familiar with from years gone by.

Tickets are £4 and free for carers.

Next Dementia Friendly Cinema film showing …

Dementia Friendly Cinema

DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY SCREENINGS

The 1st Wednesday of every month, from 10.30. Screenings are open to all but are specially adapted for people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers. Free tea and coffee from 10.30, with a 20-minute interval during the film. Tickets are £4, with carers going free. Titles are usually from the Golden Age but can be modern films with significant popularity.

Click here for more information about other Dementia Friendly Cinema films showing at Henley Picture House

Perhaps Gardiner’s could help you or a loved one to visit a Dementia Friendly Cinema screening, please click here to learn more about us.

A trip to the cinema is can be a great pleasure.  However, the cinema isn’t always a supportive environment for people living with dementia.  It is important that there is a supportive environment for people affected by dementia.

Careful film choice is important – musicals are particularly engaging for people with dementia. The brain processes music differently from other functions, so can still be enjoyed long after other activities become more difficult.

Staff that have completed dementia-friendly training – has the cinema joined Dementia Friends?

Clear signage throughout the cinema can really help.

 

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John-Joe Cottam

John-Joe

My grandparents Dorothy & Ivan (Gus) Gardiner established Gardiner’s in 1968. Dorothy & Gus were very inclusive and ran Gardiner’s as a family business – my mother, uncle & aunt have all been involved with managing the business.