A series of free screenings at Croydon’s David Lean Cinema have been organised for people living with dementia and a family member or carer who accompanies them.
Beginning on Tuesday 5 March, popular music films will be shown throughout the year that aim to make cinema more accessible.
The screenings are a key commitment from the David Lean Cinema as part of their work with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA) which is supporting the borough to be a dementia friendly town. The CDAA incorporates more than 20 local organisations, which includes Croydon Council, Croydon Health Services, Age UK Croydon and Alzheimer’s Society.
People with the condition often have to give up the things they love due to inaccessible and unsupportive environments. This includes visiting a cinema.
The first dementia friendly film to be shown at the David Lean Cinema is Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The last film in the series will be a pre-Christmas show in December of A Christmas Carol (1951), starring Alastair Sim, where all the family are welcome, including the grandchildren.
The screenings aim to be a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment.
The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they would like to.
“The dementia friendly screenings at the David Lean Cinema are a great example of how local businesses, health services, public transport and other venues can make small changes to welcome people with dementia and those who care for them.”
Councillor Jane Avis, cabinet member for families, health and social care
David Lavelli, manager at the David Lean Cinema: “As a community interest organisation we are keen for everyone to be able to enjoy going to the cinema. It is a pleasure to work in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance.”
For more information and bookings visit www.davidleancinema.org.uk/dementia-friendly-screenings/