It’s raining, it’s pouring… put a smile on your face & watch Gene Kelly breakdance in TV ad take on Singin’ in the Rain – coming to Beckenham

‘What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again!’ – while you’re at it, please see what treats we have coming up for you this Autumn – see below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyxCP_i3uFk 

At Filmbox we’ll be showing the original Technicolor masterpiece ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ on our BIG screen in the Spring – with live music and dance intro!

See what’s coming up at FILMBOX this Autumn: https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/23/see-our-new-season

Become a member of your very own film club and save up to 40%: https://langleyfilmbox.com/membership/

Box office: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmbox

Email us to be placed on email list: LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

What’s happening at FILMBOX Community Cinema in Beckenham? Here’s a round-up for you.

Become a Member of FILMBOX – see great films and save at least 40% on ticket prices:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/18/new-filmbox-membership/

Why become a Member? See what we did in 2013/14:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/16/end-of-2nd-year-school-report/

Why become a Member? Read what our patrons like about us:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/16/read-what-our-patrons-say-about-us/

Become a Member and see FREE films for all family at our 2nd Birthday festival Sat 27/9/14 (non-members £2 each):

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmbox

What is FILMBOX showing this Autumn? See here:

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmbox

FILMBOX closed for August, see what’s on near you and around the UK – we’re off to see ‘Jailhouse Rock’ tonight at Hever Castle:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/16/try-a-new-cinema-experience/

FILMBOX is hosting a BeckBromFL biz tweet up on Wed 10 Sept – buy tickets now:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/16/beckbromfl-tweet-up-10-sept-booking-now-open-full-details-in-link/

Robin Williams mini-film festival in Balham, SW12 this Saturday 23 August:

https://langleyfilmbox.com/2014/08/16/robin-williams-triple-bill-at-exhibit-cinema/

New FILMBOX Membership discount scheme open NOW! #BeckBromFL

Become a Member of FILMBOX Community Cinema and explore a world of great films on your doorstep in West Wickham/Beckenham/Bromley/SE London – you and a guest can see great films for £5 each or less! Application form and full details here:

https://langleyfilmbox.wordpress.com/membership/

Join quickly as our first film is coming up on Thursday 11 SeptemberMembers get FREE tickets to our 2nd Birthday Film Festival on Sat 27/9/14 (allow us at least 5 days to turn aroud your membership and issue your discount booking codes).

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TO US!
HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TO US!

End-of-2nd-year ‘school’ report for FILMBOX community cinema – take a look at what we did in 11 months!

Here’s the ‘skinny’ on how we’ve done at FILMBOX in our second year 2013-2014:

  • If you had been a member, two of you could have seen each of these films below for £5 each or less…. you would have ‘broken even’ on your membership fee after seeing only six films (plus received a free drink every sixth with our loyalty card).
  • So get on board with our membership discount scheme this year! Email us to be added to our mailing list to receive details of our next membership drive for September… LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com
Filmbox patrons enjoying Simply ice cream in the Studio 609 cinema.
Filmbox patrons enjoying Simply ice cream in the Studio 609 cinema.
Our audience in the larger venue the Bromley Hall.
Our audience in the larger venue the                 Bromley Hall

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  • We decided to go fortnightly in our second year – that should mean 22 films in 11 months, but we had such fun (and you seemed to be enoying it too!), that we programmed an extra TEN FILMS!

war horse  Rush

  • So that’s a grand total of 32 films in 11 months, in a variety of genres, from various times and from different countries! Plus lots of short films…

some like it hot 1959 Blue Jasmine

  • We more than doubled the number of members who paid to become a part of FILMBOX – members had two ‘vote-offs’, one for Halloween and one for Valentine’s Day – ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and ‘Some Like it Hot’ won!

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  • We programmed SIX FREE EVENTS: 4 free films at our 1st Birthday festival (‘Ponyo’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ outdoor sing along), 1 free talk by the BBFC, a free WW1 film ‘Paths of Glory’ – plus a nearly free film, ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (only £1 to members).

  7 Psychos

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  • We held our 1st Birthday film festival and over 600 local people came in 3 days!

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  • Our biggest audiences were for: ‘White Christmas’, preceded by live a capella singers, ‘Just Voices’ and ending with a sprinkling of  ‘snow’ on the audience; ‘Philomena’; ‘Blue Jasmine’; Gravity’, ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘West Side Story’. Showing big films like these help subsidise less popular, but highly regarded, ‘smaller’ films.

buster birch  The Great Gatsby - FREE 5pm

  • Some of our highest appreciation indexes were for ‘little’ films, such as ‘Robot & Frank’, ‘Mud’, ‘Behind the Candelabra’, ‘Once’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’ and clearly, you love our classics and musical strands!

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  • We had a night of silent film and jazz, with a live jazz quartet accompanying Buster Keaton’s ‘Sherlock Junior’.

ponyo poster  Robot & Frank

  • Box Office: Ticket Source sales – up three-fold to 2989 (Sept. 2012-July 2014 – this doesn’t include tickets sold/given by other means).

Mud poster  sunshine

  • We have continued our ‘special features’ to add value to our patrons’ cinema-going experience and have been treated to an insight into the soundtrack music for ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Cinema Paradiso’, from a musician’s point of view.

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  • We’ve had talenetd students from Langley Park Boys School introducing several films with song, dance and music, eg ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Cinema Paradiso’, plus some Rabbie Burns in poetry and song for Hogmanay, beofre ‘Sunshine in Leith’.

west side poster  Cinema-Paradiso

  • We have had some brand new documentary films, ‘A Story of Children and Film’,  ‘Act of Killing’, ‘The Village at the End of the World’ and ‘RealLife’.

The-Act-of-Killing-Movie-Poster-Large  a story

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  •  We have acquired a terrific team of A level students who help with all aspects of front of house to selling ice creams and writing film reviews for our programme notes. This volunteer work counts towards their Duke Of Edinburgh awards as well as giving them a ‘live’ business project to work on, work alongside adults and deal with the public and provide something unique to write about in their UCAS personal statement for university entry.

  • Our venue obtained a full licence to sell alcohol and we extended our bar and concessions offer.

Chapel Down  moors_main

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  • We joined Film Hub London to add to our membership of Cinema for All and Bromley Arts Council.

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  • We went to our first Cinema for All (formerly British Federation of Film Societies) conference and told our ‘getting started’ story! And we won an award ‘Commended’ for ‘Best New Film Society’. We also went to a Film London course to learn all about engaging our audience and marketing.

 

  • We continued our relationship with local food businesses and were delighted to have had screenings sponsored by ‘Sponge Kitchens’ in Beckenham/Hayes/Downham, ‘Drunken Dairy’, ice cream for grown ups and bespoke cake-makers ‘The House of A’ in Catford.

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Drunken Diary

  • We used surplus profits to develop our FILMBOX brand and make our patrons experience more professional at front of house and in the bar. We also were able to buy some resources for Langley Park School for Boys’ Performing Arts Dept.

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  • So all in all we hope you agree that it’s a thumbs up for FILMBOX and we hope you’ll join us this September for our third year – we have lots more planned!
A thumbs up for FILMBOX!
A thumbs up for FILMBOX!

FILMBOX Community Cinema is a not-for-profit, fully self-funding venture based at Langley Park School for Boys in Beckenham, Kent (London Borough of Bromley) entirely run and staffed by volunteers, for the love of film and the very best way to share it… the cinema!

Website: http://LangleyFilmbox.wordpress.com

See our  provisional Autumn programme 2014 here: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmbox 

Email: LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

Try a new cinema experience while FILMBOX is on holiday!

We are having a break this August, BUT there’s lots of exciting and alternative film experiences around you and we’re delighted to feature them here:

  • Hever Festival Theatre, nr Edenbridge, Kent
  • Save the David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower, Surrey
  • South East London Film Clubs Listings – from Borough to Woolwich!
  • Scalarama festival (1-30 Sept) all over the place!
  • And if you’re on holiday in the UK, search this Cinema For All regional map for details of cinema clubs all over the UK – http://www.bffs.org.uk/communitycinema

HEVER FESTIVAL THEATRE – CINEMA

FOUR great films in a superb setting at Hever Castle (near Edenbridge, south of Westerham, only 45mins from Bromley), the Festival Theatre has raked seating and a huge screen under cover, plus full refreshments and pre-theatre suppers in the restaurant.

JAILHOUSE ROCK – 19 August  (two of the FILMBOX team will be going – see you there?)

DIRTY DANCING – 20 August

RUSH – 21 August

WAR HORSE – 22 August

There are lots of other music and theatre events running there throughout August.

For full details visit here: http://www.heverfestivaltheatre.co.uk/cinema.php

Book tickets here: http://www.heverfestival-tickets.co.uk

Box Office: 01732 866114

SAVE THE DAVID LEAN CINEMA – CROYDON

The David Lean cinema will be showing these four films this month – THE WIND RISES, THE LOVE PUNCH, STOP THE POUNDING HEART and  FRANK

For full details of their campaign and how to buy tickets please visit:  http://www.davidleancroydon.ticketsource.co.uk and http://www.davidleancroydon.org.uk

SOUTH EAST LONDON FILM CLUBS LISTINGS

This is a comprehensive listings site maintained by the brilliant Angie Macdonald – huge thanks to her for her tireless support for independent cinemas from Beckenham to Woolwich.

http://selondonfilmclubs.wordpress.com

SCALARAMA – festival of cinema 1-30 September (UK-wide)

http://www.scalarama.com

 CINEMA FOR ALL http://www.bffs.org.uk/aboutus – the national advocate and agency for community cinemas and clubs all over the UK! We’re delighted to be a member of this important organisation.

Great August cinema programmes near you while FILMBOX is on holiday!

We are having a break this August, BUT there’s lots of exciting and alternative film experiences around you and we’re delighted to feature them here:

  • Hever Festival Theatre, nr Edenbridge
  • Save the David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower
  • South East London Film Clubs Listings
  • Scalarama festival (1-30 Sept) all over the place!
  • And if you’re on holiday in the UK, search this Cinema For All regional map for details of cinema clubs all over the UK – http://www.bffs.org.uk/communitycinema

HEVER FESTIVAL THEATRE – CINEMA

FOUR great films in a superb setting at Hever Castle (near Edenbridge, south of Westerham, only 45mins from Bromley), the Festival Theatre has raked seating and a huge screen under cover, plus full refreshments and pre-theatre suppers in the restaurant.

JAILHOUSE ROCK – 19 August

DIRTY DANCING – 20 August

RUSH – 21 August

WAR HORSE – 22 August

There are lots of other music and theatre events running there throughout August.

For full details visit here: http://www.heverfestivaltheatre.co.uk/cinema.php

Book tickets here: http://www.heverfestival-tickets.co.uk

Box Office: 01732 866114

SAVE THE DAVID LEAN CINEMA – CROYDON

The David Lean cinema will be showing these four films this month – THE WIND RISES, THE LOVE PUNCH, STOP THE POUNDING HEART and  FRANK

For full details of their campaign and how to buy tickets please visit:  http://www.davidleancroydon.ticketsource.co.uk and http://www.davidleancroydon.org.uk

SOUTH EAST LONDON FILM CLUBS LISTINGS

This is a comprehensive listings site maintained by the brilliant Angie Macdonald – huge thanks to her for her tireless support for independent cinemas from Beckenham to Woolwich.

http://selondonfilmclubs.wordpress.com

SCALARAMA – festival of cinema 1-30 September (UK-wide)

http://www.scalarama.com

 CINEMA FOR ALLhttp://www.bffs.org.uk/aboutus

Explore a world of cinema EVERY DAY all over South East London!

We’re not the only alternative to commercial cinemas in South London – do please check out and support these other great venues, each offering something unique to those who love their film! There’s something on nearly EVERY DAY…

South East London Film Clubs Network – find out what’s on from Borough to Woolwich and Herne Hill to Sydenham, courtesy of this superb volunteer-run website directory:

RipleyArts Centre – Sundridge Park, Bromley North, has a monthly World cinema club on Tuesdays – please check them out too:

Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign – Croydon – join the campaign here:

Until the DLC hopefully re-opens in 2014, screenings will be shown at The Spread Eagle pub:

In Beckenham/Bromley/West Wickham – our FILMBOX programme:

https://langleyfilmbox.wordpress.com/forthcoming-films-spring-2014-programme/

Travelling elsewhere in the UK?

The British Fedearation of Film Societies is the national body for community cinemas and film societies – lots of info on where they are here:

http://www.bffs.org.uk/

bffs

Yippee! We won ‘Commended’ in Best New Film Society national award ceremony by BFFS at British Film Institute on the South Bank yesterday!

A HUGE ‘thank you’ to all the teachers, parents, LPSB sixth formers, friends and local residents who have helped FILMBOX to be so successful, so quickly in our first year – this national award is for YOU! And we’re not even 1 year old yet… Join us for our 3-day 1st Birthday film festival THIS Thursday to Saturday 26-28 September 2013.

See Hitchcock’s masterpiece, ‘Vertigo’ – with special introductions – £8/£5 on our 1st Birthday this Thursday 26 Sept, RARELY seen on the BIG screen (in the Bromley Hall – 7.30pm), then ‘Buster Plays Buster’ live professional jazz – £10/£6 to Buster Keaton’s silent comedy classic ‘Sherlock Jr’ on Friday 27 Sept (in Bromley Hall 7.30pm – book here for this film only – http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lpcpa), then 4 FREE FILMS in ONE DAY on Saturday 28 September – the enchanting children’s animation ‘Ponyo’ (FREE – Cert U) at 2pm, ‘The Great Gatsby’ (FREE – Cert 12A) at 5pm and a choice of ‘Mamma Mia’ (FREE – Cert PG) sing along OR ‘Seven Psychopaths’ (FREE – Cert 15) at 8pm – refreshments available from 1.30pm and bar-b-q available from 7pm. Book all these events and films here now: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema

Please see full details of each event and what’s on offer on our Coming Soon page: https://langleyfilmbox.wordpress.com/coming-soon/

If you haven’t seen a film at FILMBOX yet… why not? FREE parking, no popcorn mess, scrumptious local Simply ice cream, friendly faces, a cafe/bar and GREAT films – seeing a film with an audience is the VERY BEST way to see a film and have a memorable experience and FILMBOX is for EVERYONE in the local area.

FILMBOXers LOVE all things Film…

Here’s some other local film-making and cinema events (and news) going on near you – please subscribe to our website via the pop up window so that you can automatically receive new info from us into your inbox:

‘Three Days’ short film – your very own rom-com short, being made soon in Beckenham and Bromley this July!

YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/user/ThreeDaysFilmUK and some footage at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IQRq-jtARo and follow them on Twitter @threedaysfilm1

Having already used Red Boutique http://www.redboutique.co.uk/ in Beckenham High Street and The Lavender House café http://www.thelavenderhousecafe.co.uk/ in Sundridge Park Village as locations for their trailers, the team will be making the finished short film (20mins) here in July. We hope to bring you more details very soon of an exciting tie-in with FILMBOX!

Ripley Arts Centre Please support this local World cinema club in Sundridge Avenue, Bromley North – http://www.bromleyarts.com/category/world-cinema/

‘Save the David Lean Cinema’ campaign

2 years since this independent cinema was closed down, a campaign is trying to revive it by running a pop-up cinema at the Spreadeagle pub in Croydon near the Clocktower where the cinema was based. They are also holding an event near Beckenham/West Wickham, in Shirley, that you might like to go to. Saturday 15 June at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.15pm) at Shirley Community Centre Shrublands Avenue, Shirley, CR0 8JA. A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY 1984 90 mins (16mm film presentation: French drama with English subtitles). Directed by Bertrand Tavernier and nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards (Best Foreign Film). “It’s rare that a film so pictorially gorgeous is so tender, wise and humane.” (SCS is at the top of Bridle Road. 194 and 198 buses stop nearby, at the Goat pub. Parking is available in the area.) To be added to the Campaign mailing list, email: savedavidlean@gmail.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LeanCampaign . Twitter: @SaveDavidLean

University College London are researching cinema-going in the 1960s and would like to collect some research. They are interested in the ways in which people remember cinema-going, films and the decade itself. If you’re too young to remember the 60s please fwd this to someone who does!

The questionnaire that forms the basis of the project is here  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cinemamemories. It can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Contribute your memories’ link and more directly by visiting http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cinemamemories/questionnaire-links/. The questionnaire can be completed online, but it can also be downloaded, printed and returned by post. They are also able to send out printed copies and freepost envelopes in which to return them, if you prefer this option, please email: cinemamemories@ucl.ac.uk  Telephone: 020 7679 7960 By Post: Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s, Department of History, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Herne Hill FREE Film FestivalMore events still to go at this fabulous festival – http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/whats-on/herne-hill.html

SE London Film Clubs NetworkKeep up with the independent cinema scene in SE London by subscribing to this great blog: http://selondonfilmclubs.wordpress.com/

Free Film Festivals – Visit this website to see details of ALL free film festivals in the S London area – a great community cinema initiative – who knows, it may be coming FILMBOX way soon…? http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/index.php

Many of us are proud members of the British Federation of Film Societies – if you have friends and relatives elsewhere in the UK, or are visiting during the summer, do check out this terrific network of film societies, pop-ups and community cinemas!  A gathering force for independent film exhibition in the UK – http://www.bffs.org.uk

Keep cinema in all its shapes and forms ALIVE – Films are better with an audience like YOU!

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