Amazingly, it is only a year since we thought it would be fun to show It’s a Wonderful Life to a few people in St Joseph’s Hall. And on Saturday afternoon, we finished our first year by doing it all over again to complete our first year as a community cinema.
In the past year, Balerno Village Screen has flourished to become a true Community Cinema in spite of ready access to local multiplexes just a few minutes away. We think that’s because we value the special atmosphere and convenience of the Village Screen. We’ve learned a huge amount over the year, and our ambition continues to push us to do more than simply show films. Continue reading
The first season of Balerno Village Screen has come to an end – we’re having a rest over the summer and we will be back in September.
For the first time, we screened over two weekends in June. We started with the captivating animation The Illusionist and followed that with a sell out of Life of Pi.
Then on Sunday, in association with Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, we screened Janapar – Love on a Bike – a fantastic story of cycling, travel, adventure and love. We had a huge turnout including some new faces – most notably Jim fae Torphicen who had a last minute dash across the country when he found out we had a few spaces left on the night! For those of you that made it along, we hope you enjoyed the Q&A with Tom and Tenny afterwards.
Our first season has been a fantastic adventure with many many highs (too many to mention here). And we have to say a huge thank you to the folks of Balerno and surrounding areas for turning out in huge numbers to support and enjoy our community cinema.
We wish you all a fantastic summer and we’ll see you in the autumn when we return in September with Les Misérables.
Before we break for the summer, our final screening of our first season will be the brilliant Janapar – Love on a Bike screening at 7.30pm on Sunday 23rd June.
This amazing true story follows Tom Allen on his 13,000 mile trip in which he meets and falls in love with a beautiful Armenian-Iranian girl. He persuades her to join him on his cycle marathon and Janapar – the Armenian word for “journey” – is a reminder of how a bicycle can be a means of escape.
It’s a combination of amazing adventure and inspiring love story. The film was premiered at the Raindance Festival in London and is now showing at venues around the UK. And in this Balerno Village Screen special screening you will get the chance to meet the bicycle man himself Tom Allen in a question and answer session that follows the film.
A fantastic Sunday evening viewing right on your doorstep.
Balerno Village Screen is a free community cinema funded by donations. We are incurring additional costs on this screening so please provide a donation at the screening to help us cover our costs. The film is being screened in association with the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.
All tickets are fully subscribed so far but we are reallocating any cancelled tickets to those on the waiting list. If you do have a ticket and can no longer attend please return it and we will do our best to reallocate it. For more information about tickets please visit our tickets page.
On Saturday the 15th of June we will be bringing you The Illusionist and Life of Pi. Then on Sunday the 23rd of June we will be screening Janapar – with a Q&A with documentary film maker Tom Allen. Tickets for all screenings are available Continue reading
Be enchanted and enthralled by this beautiful, true, 79-minute film of the love-struck journey of 23-year-old Tom Allen. There are no drugs or deaths in Janapar, but there’s plenty of beauty and romance as Tom leaves a sleepy English village on his over-laden bike with no map or guide book.
Sunday 23rd June:
Another Classic weekend of film gold in Balerno kicked off on Friday night with a sold out charity screening of War Horse in aid of Ravelrig Riding for The Disabled. An appreciative audience remained engrossed in this serious feature. At the end when one young Lad was leaving, he remarked, “Look it’s still light“. An indication of how the movies can draw you in and of course that the nights are also fair drawing out. Continue reading