Launched on 26 September 2012, FILMBOX is a regular community cinema club (we increased from monthly to fortnightly from Sept. 2013) based at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts (LPCPA), Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BP (UK).
LPCPA is located at Langley Park School for Boys, a large and highly successful 11-18 academy trust with a co-educational sixth form: http://www.lpsb.org.uk/
The performing arts centre can be accessed separately from the School and is self-contained.
We welcome all local residents and visitors – you don’t have to be a member to come and watch films here.
We launched with a free screening of The Artist, kindly facilitated by a grant from Bromley Arts Council, on 26 September 2012. The main film was preceded by a Buster Keaton short film, Backstage, accompanied live by Laurence Panter on the grand piano. Over 330 people attended and we haven’t looked back since.
Status: FILMBOX Community Cinema is a community cinema club/film society with a membership but most of our screenings are also open to the public. It is a ‘not-for-profit’ self-funded venture, independently co-run by staff, parent and 6th form student volunteers from Langley Park School for Boys in their spare time, together with ex-students and local residents in the London Borough of Bromley, SE London. We are informally associated with, but not administered or funded by, Langley Park School for Boys and are very grateful indeed for the support and encouragement of many members of the School community and for our close association with the School. We pay room/equipment/duty manager hire to Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts for all of our events. Our surplus funds go to national and local charities, including LPSB. We have a committee, a constitution, are registered with HMRC and our accounts are independently verified. We also pay licences to screen our films, to film distribution companies, such as Filmbank Distribution and MPLC, and abide by BBFC classification.
The name FILMBOX was chosen by LPSB Yr12 students in July 2012, our logo was designed by Sarah Wickings, a former student of LPSB.
FILMBOX was a twinkle in the eye of Vivienne Clark (a teacher at LPSB and writer on film/media) when the new school building programme was announced, which grew into a bright projection beam-sized ray of light when she first saw the little studio theatre/cinema in Studio 609 in March 2012.
FILMBOX is a member of Cinema for All (formerly the British Federation of Film Societies), Bromley Arts Council (BAC), BFI Neighbourhood Cinema (part of the BFI Audience Network) as well as part of Film Hub London. It is held either in Studio 609, a dedicated studio space with HD Blu-Ray projection, stereo sound and comfortable tiered upholstered seating (max 84 sold seats) or in the Performance Hall (seats 418 – for films, 500+ for theatre and concerts).
FILMBOX runs on a regular basis (except for in August when we are closed). Our FILMBOX café/bar (fully licensed) opens at 7.00pm and the film programmes starts at 7.30pm and 7.45pm, with most films starting at 8pm and 8.15pm – we often precede our main feature with short films and some events have additional live music tie-ins. Free film notes on each film are often provided.
Tickets: Bookable in advance online and occasionally available on the door, FILMBOX Community Cinema operates as a club/film society and runs a membership scheme BUT NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! Age: FILMBOX is for patrons aged 16+ but we are very pleased to welcome under 16s to certain screenings, eg our Christmas special event and we’ll identify these screenings on our Ticket Source box office page. Parking: Ample FREE parking is available on site in the Centre’s large well-lit car park, off Hawksbrook Lane. Refreshments: Refreshments and snacks are available in the cinema cafe/bar (FULLY LICENSED) before the performance and we usually have an ice cream break between the short film and main feature. We also accept credit/debit cards with iZettle. Access: full wheelchair access is available in the Performance Hall, please email us in advance so that we can ensure a reserved space for you. Transport: Eden Park train station is 5 mins walk and plenty of buses are available from either end of Hawksbrook Lane. Address: FILMBOX Community Cinema, c/o Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, Langley Park School for Boys, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BP.
For information please contact LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @LangleyFilmbox. We have no phone but please do not contact LPSB School Office for tickets or information about FILMBOX as we are an independent venture and they will be unable to help you.
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