The Lady in the Van (12A)


Friday 15 April

“Quite simply, the ultimate, authorised version: filmed in the very street, in the very house, in the unchanged rooms where it all happened…the glory of the film remains: Maggie Smith, the best thing ever to come out of Romford, possibly. She’s hilarious. There’s nobody like her.”
Evening Standard

Our April screening is hosted in association with the Ladies Tuesday Club, and all profit from the screening will go to local good causes. There will be a pay bar and raffle to raise additional money.

In The Lady in the Van, Dame Maggie Smith recreates one of her most celebrated roles – the singular Miss Shepherd. The film is based on Alan Bennett’s memoir and stage play, and was filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived. Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (The Madness of King GeorgeThe History Boys) to bring this touching, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen.

Tickets are going fast so please book now to avoid disappointment. Call 01446 781 144 or email

May screenings announced!

We have two award-winning films to end our season in May:


FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016

“In the tingling chemistry between [the] young leads, Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen […] the film’s director, John Crowley, achieves something close to a miracle”
The Daily Telegraph

Scripted by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin’s celebrated novel, BROOKLYN (12A) tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. Homesickness quickly diminishes as a fresh romance blossoms, but soon Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist on either side of the Atlantic. It’s a brilliantly told story of heart warming (and heart wrenching) drama, and Saoirse Ronan’s Oscar-nominated performance is truly beguiling.

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“Rams is a gorgeous, tender and unexpectedly moving film about the most unlikely of subjects: sheep farming in the northern valleys of Iceland.”
The Times

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“Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads.”
Empire Magazine


Launching our new, occasional strand of the best films from around the world (‘Cariad Films’) we’re kicking off in style with a wry comedy from Iceland about – of all things!- sheep-farming.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic brothers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their sheep flocks.

Filled with laconic humour and touching human observations, the film has quickly become a firm favourite of those looking for something a bit different from run-of-the-mill comedies. But don’t take our word for it: Mark Kermode called it “hilarious and heart breaking” in his four-star review.

To book tickets email or call 01446 781 144.