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Timeless Tuesdays: Rhodes to stage dementia-friendly film screenings




Rhodes Arts Complex next week launches a series of special nostalgic film screenings for people with dementia.

The first movie in the Timeless Tuesdays series – the 1953 western musical Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day and Howard Keel – will be played in the South Road venue’s auditorium on Tuesday (July 23) from 2pm.

Future films will include Hollywood classics Singin’ In the Rain, Some Like It Hot and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Calamity Jane film poster (13730026)
Calamity Jane film poster (13730026)

Dementia-friendly screenings are becoming popular at independent cinemas across the country and offer a powerful way for those living with dementia to reconnect with memories and with other people. They also help dementia sufferers feel less isolated and challenge the stigma associated with it.

Timeless Tuesdays will give audience members an opportunity to enjoy a film in a relaxed, supportive and safe environment with their family, friends and carers.

Key features will include more lighting, no adverts and a 15-minute interval.

Moving around and noise will be acceptable, and the doors will open half an hour before for socialising and acclimatising.

Tickets are priced £6 – which includes a hot beverage and biscuits – and carers get in free.

Sue Scott Davison, Rhodes’ artistic programmer, said: “As a community venue, we’re always looking for new ways to ensure that we are accessible to as many people as possible.

“We have created Timeless Tuesdays as a new project and hope to offer enjoyable, supportive, social encounters for people with dementia and their carers with beloved classic films on a Tuesday afternoon.”

TIMELESS TUESDAY TIMETABLE

  • July 23: Calamity Jane
  • August 27: Singin’ In the Rain
  • September 24: Some Like It Hot
  • October 22: Meet Me in St Louis
  • November 19: It’s a Wonderful Life

All films start at 2pm. To find out more, call the box office on 01279 710200 or visit the website www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk



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