Another season of film is about to get underway at Balerno Village Screen and we look forward to welcoming back old friends and seeing lots of new faces at our local community cinema through our Autumn and Winter season.
Some things to tell you about:
- Our big development has been the installation of a new screen in the St Joe’s Hall which doubles our capacity and provides an opportunity for more choice and more seats.
- Our screening calendar is now available for the full season so please visit our screening calendar page to book your tickets. Additional tickets for screenings will be made available at the Mill Café and Balerno Post Office around two weeks before screening for those without internet access.
This should allow us screen in two halls if we have a popular film that you all want to see and in November for example provide a choice of two films on the Saturday night!
The important bit – what films do we have….
This is the exciting bit which always causes much discussion from our committee. We’re kicking off next week with a Robin Williams tribute – the hilarious family classic Mrs Doubtfire followed by the Good Morning Vietnam. There are also animation workshops running for budding young animators – you can find out more on our website although these are currently sold out with all 80 places taken.
Come September – BVS Kidscreen will be The Lego Movie – we reckon this will be very popular with the younger audience! Either side we will be screening the The Grand Budapest Hotel that recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European Hotel between the 1st & 2nd World Wars. And Philomena, starring Dame Judy Dench and Steve Coogan, tells the story of a woman’s search for her son who was taken away from her decades before.
Late September and October brings the sound of music to Balerno in the shape of the 7th Balerno Music Festival. We will be screening Good Vibrations, an insight into 70s Belfast, a record shop and punk music of course. This films gets fantastic reviews! Then in association with Dyslexia Scotland we are showing The Big Picture – a film directed by Robert Redford.
November: we have a four film bonanza. We kick off with Dallas Buyers Club covering the story of America’s attitude to AIDS in the 70s – we suspect not everyone’s cup of tea so please read the review before booking.
Our Saturday matinee is Maleficent – it’s about a vengeful fairy (Angelina Jolie) driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land (little ones might find this a bit scary so parents please take note). On the Saturday night you have a choice: The Book Thief – while subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany a young girl finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others; or if you prefer a thriller Two Faces of January stars Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac – a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.
And we finish up just before Christmas with a double bill of Frozen and it’s a Wonderful Life.
New faces very welcome – and returning guests too!
Ticket booking is now open so please visit our screening calendar page to reserve your tickets. We look forward in welcoming you back to the Screen over this season and we hope you enjoy it.
And please help us raise awareness of The Screen – tell your friends, neighbours, share our information on social media, invite people along and enjoy.
Our films are free to attend – we are funded by donations – refreshments (soft and a bit stronger) and nibbles are always available at our screenings – all we ask is that you provide a donation to help us cover our costs.