Filmhouse has announced that its popular senior selections program will return to full service from August, with the opportunity to socialize after in-person screenings with tea, coffee and cookies. On August 3, Senior Selections will finally bring back the vital social element of screenings with the Oscar-nominated comedy-drama Can You Ever Forgive Me, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard. E-Grant. It comes after a two-year hiatus and online sessions hosted through Filmhouse at Home. The complete list of screenings from August to December is now on sale and available for reservation.
In April, Senior Selections brought back in-person screenings with a brilliant screening of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday. While a large majority of senior screenings audiences said they felt safe during screenings, many were unprepared to participate in the traditional social gatherings after the film. Now, with a boost in confidence since then, Filmhouse is excited to reinstate post-movie social gatherings from August. To ensure audiences continue to feel safe, the cinema and social events will have reduced capacity, and during the film, Covid control measures – such as social distancing seating and encouragement to wear face coverings -faces – will remain in place.
Screenings will now take place on Filmhouse’s largest screen in Cinema 1, accessible by lift. Where possible, films are shown with subtitles for the hearing impaired or English subtitles. For any additional requirements, members of the public can contact the Community Engagement Manager directly to arrange their visit at – [email protected]
The Senior Selections program is for anyone aged 60 and over who wants to share the love of cinema with their peers in a safe and comfortable environment. The Senior Selections program offers a wide range of films to enjoy – from timeless classics to foreign language films as well as newer releases, all carefully selected by senior Filmhouse volunteers. Senior Selections volunteers also present each film and invite everyone to chat over tea and coffee after the film – reflecting the spirit of Filmhouse, showing “films worth watching”. mentioned”.
Screenings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 11am, with tickets costing just £4, including free refreshments (tea, coffee and cookies) after the film. Senior Selections has been running since 2016 and is made possible through the kind support of the Foyle Foundation, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust and anyone who wishes to remain anonymous.
Allan Irvine, Head of Community Engagement at Filmhouse, said:
“We are thrilled to have the senior selections back in all their former glory. Audience feedback has overwhelmingly requested that refreshments and chat be reinstated after the films which we are thrilled to be able to do. We look forward to inviting everyone the world for a cup of tea and to hear their thoughts on the film.”
Participants in the senior selections said:
“We had both recently moved to Edinburgh to be near a girl. We arranged to meet again at the next senior trials, and that’s how our friendship started four years ago. Now, we still get together to see movies, but the friendship has become so much more than just movie mates. We get together whenever we can, even if, like during lockdown, it’s just for a walk in Meadows. We will always be grateful to Filmhouse Senior Selections, not just for the opportunity to see great films, but also for our much-appreciated friendship. We definitely sat at the right table that day!”
“Through senior selections I’ve seen great movies, met lots of people and made great friends. Filmhouse is a very welcoming place and have worked hard to make us feel safe during the Covid pandemic.”
August 3 – Can you ever forgive me?
September 7 – The Bellier Family
October 5 – Beautiful
November 2 – 1917
December 7 – It’s a Wonderful Life