TMRW Celebrate our 5th Birthday #FreeFilmFestival Sat30Sep #BeckBromFL #Bromley #Beckenham #Penge #cinema

Enjoy our community FREE film festival to celebrate our 5th Birthday this Saturday…! We have FREE tickets for FOUR fab films which you can share with family & friends on Saturday 30 September from 4-10.30pm! Plus 4 live music acts and HOT PIZZA & bar.

Please note free tickets must be booked in advance, no admission without a ticket. We abide by BBFC film classification – no underage admission.



Our films are…

  • T2 TRAINSPOTTINGALL FREE! See posters and links to trailers below…



Our FREE FILM FESTIVAL will be open to all, even if you’re not a Member of FILMBOX or have never been before!  Mini (and BIG) bottles of Prosecco will be a-popping in our friendly bar.  Café/licensed bar open from 4pm – popcorn, snacks and local Simply ice creams

  • Ample FREE off-street car parking
  • Between 6 and 8pm – an interval between the films to celebrate our 5th Birthday!
    • Come for hot freshly-made pizza from Sapore Vero
    • Enjoy live music from Isabella, David Rixson, Vocal Eclipse and Beckenham Ladies Choir



4.30pm: THE RED TURTLE (CERT PG) – Screen 2 (max 90 seats) – a visually stunning animated film.


4.45pm: DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (CERT PG) – Screen 1 (max 420 seats). Not just for children. Better on the BIG screen, see it on our fabulous new 30′ screen! Wheelchair accessible.


8.00pm: THEIR FINEST (CERT 12A) – Screen 1 (max 420 seats). Better on the BIG screen, see it on our fabulous new 30′ screen! Wheelchair accessible.


8.15pm: T2 TRAINSPOTTING (CERT 18) – Screen 2 (max 90 seats)



Venue: FILMBOX Community Cinema, Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, Hawksbrook Lane, off South Eden Park Rd, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BP – Ample FREE parking.

Contact: No phone – please contact us by email if any queries


Another special film & live music event @LondonSymphFilm @LPCPA #Beckenham @silentlondon

Join us on Friday 17 November 2017, for a very special film & live music event – a screening of the Michael Powell award-nominated Best British Film at this week’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

A screening of a brand new silent film, LONDON SYMPHONY, directed by Alex Barrett, with a live performance of its original music score, composed by James McWilliam, by the Covent Garden Sinfonia chamber orchestra (Artistic Director Ben Palmer), in our magnificent theatre, the Bromley Hall (also known as the Performance Hall) – in Beckenham, Kent, South East London.

Our Performance Hall – seats 400+ – wheelchair accessible in stalls and circle via a lift.

Composer of the uplifting and soaring new original score for LONDON SYMPHONY, James McWilliam (above).


Performed LIVE by the chamber orchestra of Covent Garden Sinfonia, with Ben Palmer, Artistic Director of CGS (above).

LONDON SYMPHONY (Alex Barrett, UK, 2017, 72 minutes, cert U equivalent)

Date & Time: Friday 17 November 2017 Licensed bar opens 7pm, film programme starts at 7.45pm – on sale to the public now (allocated seating so please book in advance asap). Kentish ice creams and sorbets by Simply Ice Cream.

BOX OFFICE:  We pay booking fees

We’ll also be having an after film Q&A with the director, Alex Barrett and possibly some additional creative collaborators from LONDON SYMPHONY.

Director of LONDON SYMPHONY, Alex Barrett (above right)

Venue: FILMBOX Community Cinema, Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BP. FREE off-street car parking, but close to Eden Park train station, many bus links.

With this wonderful black-and-white journey through the city of London, director Alex Barrett brings us a gloriously beautiful and enjoyable modern-day variation on the city symphonies of the 1920s urban cinema (such as the 1929 film Man With A Movie Camera). His stunning visuals, combined with James McWilliam’s stirring music, help take the spectator on a poetic journey through London, exploring its rich diversity of culture, architecture and religion. It is a meditative and blissful film that celebrates a vibrant and visually stunning city. Contains flashing images.

Please note: If you think that a black and white silent film isn’t for you, PLEASE reconsider as we’re sure that this will be a rich and life-enhancing experience and a timely reminder for us all of the beauty of London and its communities, through outstanding cinematography and editing (on our fab new professional BIG screen!) and the pleasure and power of live music – so please don’t miss this special event we want to share with you to celebrate FILMBOX’s 5th Birthday year.

Hot off the ‘press’ – here’s the first review for the first public screening of LONDON SYMPHONY last night at the EIFF:

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BOX OFFICE: We pay booking fees.


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…
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!

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  • 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).

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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.

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  • 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’.

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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.

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


  • 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!


See our  provisional Autumn programme 2014 here: 


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:

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:


Tinker Tailor Snowman Spy…?

Just a little plug for Bromley Arts Council’s World Cinema Club at Ripley Arts Centre, Sundridge Avenue, Bromley North.

They are showing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) with the amazing Gary Oldman this Tuesday 22 January at 7.30pm – full details:

A highly atmospheric reminder of the Cold war and a superb thriller with a great cast.

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