Oh what a night!..

Not a reference to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (showing my age…), but a response to another great night out with FILMBOX. The audience was superb and enjoyed our fab-u-lous singers (Olly Christopher, Emma Tullis, Ellie Carter, Jonathan Stevens and Marco Lombardi – all in Yr13 – stars of the future!), ‘Les Miserables’ on screen in all its glory AND the ICE CREAM!

Thank you to all those who attended for your generosity in raising £211 for the Bromley branch of the NSPCC – much appreciated. If you didn’t get a copy of the programme notes last night, our apologies, please visit this link: https://langleyfilmbox.wordpress.com/film-notes-2/

There is still time to sponsor the two FILMBOX teams walking in this Sunday’s Fun Walk in Keston. Today the marquees are being set up on Keston Common! Please donate online:  http://www.justgiving.com/teams/FilmboxCommunityCinema 

And a BIG thank you to The Beckenham Bookshop for generously sponsoring our raffle prizes! Do visit your local bookshop for friendly and knowledgeable service: http://www.beckenhambooks.com

Saw the trailer on TV last night?

…See Les Mis on the BIG screen with a BIG audience at FILMBOX tonight!

Very good side stalls and circle seats still available – book to choose: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema

Refreshments from 6.30pm and film programme starts at 7.30pm, with film itself starting about 7.50/7.55pm.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for donations to the Fun Walk, we have over £600 but need a little bit of help to reach our £1000 target!

Can YOU hear the people sing?!

Well, you surely will be able to, as over 340 of you have booked so far to see the magnificent multi-award-winning ‘Les Misérables‘ (Tom Hooper, 2012, Cert 12A, 158mins) on our BIG screen in the magnificent Bromley Hall (but we’re in Beckenham!) this Thursday 16 May!

We still have some good seats left for you (choose your seats by booking online now) – http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema

The DVD is out this week BUT do come and see it on our BIG SCREEN with our GREAT BIG audience FIRST as the film-makers intended in all its glory!

Bring tissues, eat ice cream and enjoy the drama and spectacle of this tremendous production. Ignore any snipes about Russell Crowe’s singing – this is an amazing film realisation of a much-loved musical that actually makes the ‘back story’ easier to understand than the stage version! And it’s BRITISH! PLUS superb sets, real locations, stunning costumes and stand-out performances, especially from Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Samantha Barks, Anna Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and indeed Crowe himself.

Tickets only £7 for:

– BIG screen entertainment with added special features (a live vocal ensemble overture – 12mins)

– A range of drinks and nibbles and a sociable bar/café area

– Great local ice cream from Simply ice cream in Ashford

– Free film notes

– FREE parking right outside the venue (clean loos and no popcorn mess!).

Refreshments available from 6.30pm, film programme starts at 7.30pm, film starts just before 8pm and evening finishes by 10.40pm with a retiring collection on behalf of the local NSPCC branch.

We do hope you’ll join us at your new local cinema venue! FILMBOX is a ‘not-for-profit’ community venture run and staffed by volunteers – we use profits to support charities, so please support us and enjoy a rich and diverse world of cinema… on your doorstep.

Email us if any queries: LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

Back to work…bank holiday is over so…

ChEeR  YoUrSeLf  Up!

…by booking tickets NOW for a great film – see Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning ‘ARGO’ at FILMBOX on Thursday 23 May at 7.30pm sharp (start of film programme) – refreshments available from 6.40pm.

FREE film notes, FREE parking, brief introduction and a short film – AND great Simply ice cream – so do book now at:


NB: Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE for our ‘Les Misérables’ evening on Thursday 16 May! Film programme starts at 7.30pm and refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Melodrama in ‘Les Miserables’!

We’ve just released some great stalls seats for ‘Les Misérables’ (Cert 12A, 158 mins) on Thursday 16 May in the main hall (aka Bromley Hall) – so do book now (as seating is allocated and you can enjoy our refreshments safe in the knowledge that your seats are reserved for you). The side circle seats here also afford a very good view (we’ve withheld any side stalls seats that have a restricted view).

Members pay £3.50 for up to two seats and non-members pay £7 per seat – still great value for a superb new cinema venue – a social cinema club with added extras!

Our refreshments are available from 6.30pm and the programme itself starts at 7.30pm, with an exclusive LIVE vocal overture (approx. 12 mins), an ice cream break and a brief intro to the film (and a free programme). The film should start just before 8pm and the evening should finish by 10.35/.40pm – there will be no interval. We sell delicious Kent Crisps and a great range of bottled fruit juices from Chegworth Valley, also in Kent. Teas and coffees are also now available. We stock the delicious Simply ice cream, produced locally in Ashford in Kent – http://www.simplyicecream.co.uk – patrons have been known to come to blows over the last Honeycomb Crunch… but vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint chocolate are great too!

Children under 16 years are welcome (as appropriate to the 12A certificate), if seated with and accompanied by an adult. BUT please do bear in mind the late finish. FREE parking is available outside the venue – please email us at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com to enquire about access requests – both our stalls and circle are accessible by wheelchair and we have a lift.

Book now at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema

See Films in May at FILMBOX…

Terrific to see a full house for ‘Beasts’ last night and that at least 15 of you had never been before – welcome and we hope you enjoyed it!

We have TWO great films for you in May – ‘Les Miserables’ in the main hall (aka Bromley Hall) with a live musical overture (approx. 12 mins) on Thursday 16 May and Oscar-winning ‘Argo’ on Wednesday 22 May.

‘Les Miserables’ is still booking to everyone NOW and ‘Argo’ is booking to members only until 13 May, after which non-members can book.

Put this date in your diary – Wednesday 26 June – when we’ll have our first double-bill – Hopkins and Mirren in ‘Hitchcock’ followed by the Master’s own ‘Psycho’ from 1960! We’ll be providing you with free food in the interval!

We’ll open our June and July film booking in May.

If you have any feedback from any of our events, especially about how we can improve them, we’d love to hear from you – please email Vivienne at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

Can You Hear the People Sing?

Hello! This holiday, we have been distributing  FILMBOX postcards via shops in West Wickham and Beckenham and if you are visiting this site because you received one – WELCOME!  Please display our card if possible or let your staff and customers know about us – we are very keen to develop our community cinema for all in the area and offer you more films and exciting events with added extras from September, so please help us to grow. We can’t compete with commercial cinemas but we very much hope to compliment their programming, whether by offering you a chance to catch up with films you had meant to see, or by showing films which you simply can’t see at your local cinema.

We are a non-profit venture, all staffed by volunteer teachers, parents, students from Langley Park School for Boys, as well as former students and local residents. Any profits will be donated to a charity of the members’ choice.  If you’d like to be a member, please see the Membership section and complete the form.

We will be announcing our Autumn programme very shortly (hopefully fortnightly from September) and four members of the FILMBOX team are attending the Independent Cinema Office’s screening days event next weekend, where pre=released films are shown to independent cinema programmers, so that we can see what great films are coming up for us to show you! (http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/)

And… yes indeedy… there are many excellent seats available for our screening of Les Misérables on Thurs 16 May, see below – so please book now! Films are better with an audience – see films as the film-makers intended.

If you are a business and would like to advertise it via an association with FILMBOX please email us at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com – we are very proud and grateful to have such a discerning and loyal membership who are interested in culture and local events, groups and produce, so we can introduce them to you effectively and directly without wasted revenue. If you would like to become a part of our team, and as we are expanding in September, we will need a bigger team, so please email as above.

The recently built state-of-the-art Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, based at Langley Park School for Boys, is rapidly becoming THE place to see great music, drama and film events on your doorstep and most of its events are open to all members of the local community and we hope very much to see you here soon. Subscribe to this website by signing up in the Follow box and you’ll receive updates from our website automatically to your inbox.

Bring him home…

There are many excellent seats still available for our screening of the multi award-winning film, Les Miserables, (Cert 12A) with added extras, on Thursday 16 May. Come on, you’ll want to see it again by then, won’t you? Enjoy the film again (or catch up if you haven’t seen it yet) with a BIG audience on the BIG screen!

If you have never been before, the view throughout the main performance hall (aka Bromley Hall… even though it’s not in Bromley…) is very good, so don’t be afraid to book the circle or side stalls. We have brought the screen forward so that it can be seen very well from all seats.

We hope you’ll agree that it’s the best new cinema space in the London Borough of Bromley! It really isn’t like coming to a school, but your new local arts centre, and great value too!

Book now at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema – allocated seating.

Refreshments are available from 6.30pm, programme begins at 7.30pm with an exclusive live vocal performance of a medley of songs by an ensemble of talented young singers, several of whom featured in the BYMT production of Les Miserables last November. FREE parking, clean loos, great local Produced in Kent drinks and nibbles, no popcorn mess!

Under 16s are welcome, but please note finish time is approx. 10.20/10.30pm.


Coming Soon to FILMBOX…

Here’s what you can see at FILMBOX – your new local Beckenham & Bromley area independent cinema (based at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road).

Wed 24 April‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ (in Studio 609 – 88 seats) – booking opens to non-members on 15 April (members can book now) – unallocated seats. hushpuppy 1

Thurs 16 May‘Les Misérables’ (in the main performance hall AKA the Bromley Hall – 400+ seats)booking now open to ALL and selling very fast! The view is very good from anywhere in the hall, but seats are allocated so best to book in advance in order to choose your seats.Fantine

Wed 22 May ‘Argo’ (in Studio 609) – booking opens to non-members from 12 May, booking open to members after Easter – unallocated seats.Ben Affleck in 'Argo'

Book your tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema – refreshments are available from 6.40pm and film programme (usually including a short film and an introduction) starts at 7.30pm.

Open to all the local community great refreshments too with local Kentish nibbles and drinks. We hope to see you soon at FILMBOX!

Great films on your doorstep…

We hope that you’ll come and see more films with us this Spring and Summer and we’re still accepting membership applications – see films for only £3.50 for up to 2 tickets! Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Wed 20 March – The Imposter
  • Wed 24 April – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Thur 16 May – Les Misérables (current release)
  • Wed 22 May – Argo
  • Wed 26 June – Hitchcock (Hopkins and Mirren) and Psycho (the original) – double bill!
  • Wed 17 July – Year 12 student team are in charge – film to be announced!

If you are a FILMBOX  member and you’d like to volunteer to be an occasional helper, please email us at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.comyou’ll see the film for free! Plus we need a good strong second team if we’re to go fortnightly from September 2013.

Plus – local businesses, do look at our unique ‘social advertising’ concept and get involved.

Coming to Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, on the recently rebuilt Langley Park School or Boys site, isn’t like coming to a school, but to YOUR fantastic new local arts complex – we’re right on your doorstep, with clean loos, FREE parking and a nice little cafe featuring local Kentish nibbles and drinks, plus a chance to meet fellow film-goers. Do come and see us!

Booking at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema

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