See Robert Redford here 4 July on classic form in #TheOldManandTheGun #Bromley #Beckenham #films #cinema #events #whatson

On 4 July come and see Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Barefoot in the Park, The Electric Horseman, All the President’s Men and the founder of the Sundance Film Festival) here on our 30′ BIG screen in his last film role in The Old Man and the Gun (cert 12A). Also starring Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Badlands) and Casey Affleck (Manchester-by-the-Sea and the Oceans films), Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Seven Psychopaths) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker.

Empire ****A delightful folk story from one of the best filmmakers working today — and a fitting final turn from Redford, all easy charm and grace. It takes a lifetime of effort to look this effortless.”

Book tickets here: – there’s a link to the trailer on our box office.  It’s Simply ice cream weather and we have plenty in stock!

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Putting on the Ritz – fizz on ice, canapes on order – for our glam Great Gatsby members’ only social tonight!

Tonight we have a full house for our free screeing of ‘The Great Gatsby’ (J Clayton, 1974) with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Karen Black – full of 70s glamour and recreating F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterly and iconic novel. A special black tie event for members’ to dress up in suitable vintage glamour style, we’re going to have some fun tonight ‘old sport’!

Robert Redford, dressed to the nines in Ralph Lauren, as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version.
Robert Redford, dressed to the nines in Ralph Lauren, as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version.

First we’re enjoying fizz and canapés – plus a quick film quiz to help the evening go with a swing – and a preview of our Autumn programme and 1st Birthday film festival 26-29 September.

We’re even showing Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’ with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher (with music by Jay Z) as one of our free films on Saturday 28 September.

Leonardo DiCaprio nails Gatsby's thin veneer of respectability perfectly.
Leonardo DiCaprio nails Gatsby’s thin veneer of respectability perfectly.

Unfairly lukewarm reviews didn’t appreciate the scale of the glamour and bravura production design in this year’s version, with some great sequences reminiscent of  Luhrmann’s ambitious ‘Moulin Rouge’. Also, although Leonardo DiCaprio might not have lived up to Redford’s WASP ideal, he is arguably actually much closer to Fitzgerald’s writing, as the narrator Nick Carraway describes him as a ‘ redneck’ and DiCaprio appropriately rarely looks completely comfortable with the trappings of his ‘new money’. So come and see it and you can compare the two films for yourself.

We’re delighted so many of you like FILMBOX – it is proof positive that films are better on the big screen with an audience. Experiencing the collective emotions of an audience in response to a wide range of films is hard to beat and our ‘social cinema’ has to be better than staying at home! We’ve been shortlisted (out of 4) for a national annual award Best New Film Society – by the British Federation of Film Societies We’re in great company as the opposiition is tough! The winners will be announced at the British Film Institute on the South Bank London, on Sunday 22 September – fingers crossed and wish us luck. A HUGE thank you to all our helpers and patrons who have made our first year SO successul.

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.

Help to shape your very own local cinema club in Beckenham… become a member of FILMBOX now!

How about joining FILMBOX ready for its new Autumn season? Join before 20 August and bring a friend to our ‘Members’ Only‘ social event on Friday 30 August – only £5 per ticket for one drink and canapés (additional refreshments available) and see a FREE screening of the 1974 version of ‘The Great Gatsby’ (directed by Jack Clayton) with Robert Redford as the eponymous Gatsby. Sparkling reception from 6.30pm, film programme from 7.45pm – dress code: Black tie and glamour!

Here’s how to become a Member of FILMBOX:,/membership

Save 40% on up to 2 cinema tickets for fortnightly films (on alternate Weds and Thurs) and special events from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014!  Even if you only see 6 films in this period you’ll break even! Bring a friend and you’ll save lots of money!

If you live in Beckenham, West Wickham, Bromley and surrounding areas, FILMBOX is now a credible independent compliment to local commercial cinema programming and offers you ‘catch-ups’ and classics from the UK, Hollywood and World cinema, in a social context.

FREE parking, no popcorn mess, congenial cafe/bar atmosphere, local drinks and Simply ice cream (from Ashford) plus ‘extras’ – short films, free film notes and intros and a great social atmosphere. Based at the recently built Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, FILMBOX is a community cinema club, run and staffed by volunteers and our surplus profits go to charity including Langley Park School for Boys.

Help to shape our second year by becoming a member of FILMBOX – but if membership is not for you, we’d be very pleased to see you any time! We have lots of new and classic films coming your way, starting with the current release of ‘Robot & Frank’ (2012) on Weds 11 Sept, followed by Hitchcock’s masterpiece ‘Vertigo’ (1958) on Thurs 26 Sept on the HUGE screen in the Bromley Hall and then Buster Keaton’s silent comedy ‘Sherlock Junior’ (1924) on Fri 27 Sept, accompanied by international professional jazz artists, the Buster Birch quartet ( Then on Sat 28 and Sun 29 Sept we have our FREE film festival to celebrate our 1st Birthday! Details to follow…

Do please tell your friends and help us to turn FILMBOX into YOUR great community cinema!

‘Some Don’t Like it Quite This Hot’! Phew, we’re busy planning Autumn…

‘Untouchable’ played beautifully last night – an ice cool cinema and lots of happy smiling faces and laughs at this superb film – if you missed it, do try to see it soon.

We are busy planning our new Autumn season – do take a look at the films coming up and save the dates – make sure you subscribe to this website to get regular updates of when films go on sale.

Friday 30 August 2013 ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1974 Robert Redford version) – 6.30pm for 7.45pm – a special ‘Members Only’ event for the new members of FILMBOX. Black tie and glamour. Film is FREE but £5 ticket for 1 glass of fizz/non-alcoholic alternative and canapes. Join by 20 August 2013 to qualify for an invite (just so we can cater for numbers etc.). 16+ only. For full details of our new membership scheme please see above page on this site.

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Wednesday 11 September – the current release ‘Robot & Frank’ (in Studio 609, 6.40pm for 7.30pm). £7/4. 16+ only.


Thursday 26 September – our 1st Birthday – Hitchcock’s magnificent ‘Vertigo’ (on the BIG screen in the Bromley Hall, 6.30pm for 7.30pm). £8/5. Under 16s welcome.


You can book ‘Buster Plays Buster’ NOW at (arranged by LPCPA not FILMBOX hence different booking website) on Friday 27 September 7.30pm (refreshments from 6.40pm). Allocated seating in the magnificent Bromley Hall (in Beckenham!) – £10/£6. Live jazz accompaniment by international jazz musician (and old boy of LPSB!) Buster Birch to Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent masterpiecve, ‘Sherlock Junior’. Under 16s welcome.

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Saturday 28 September – FREE film festival! THREE films (one OUTDOOR!) and bar-b-ques… films tbc.

Sunday 29 September – FREE matinee… film tbc.

Hope to see you very soon… have a great Summer!

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