Ropetackle cinema goes dementia-friendly

Besi Besemar May 26, 2019

After becoming officially dementia-friendly, Ropetackle Cinema launches new programme of relaxed and friendly screenings with a showing of Mamma Mia on June 10.

ROPETACKLE cinema’s committee successfully bid for extra funds from the BFI (British Film Industry) and has worked with the local Alzheimer’s Association about the type of films that might be successful as well as the correct setting.

Around 25 volunteers, staff and Committee members were given a morning’s training by Tim Wilkins of the Alzheimer’s Association, which has officially made Ropetackle Arts Centre a Dementia Friend. The training highlighted key aspects of life with dementia and allowed staff to understand more about this growing condition.

Mr. Wilkins said: “Having a provision within Shoreham aiming to provide dementia friendly screenings of films is an added bonus to the area.”

Maria Reeves, Ropetackle’s interim centre manager, added: “We are very pleased to be able to support this initiative from the Ropetackle Cinema and look forward to seeing a number of successful screenings over the summer and beyond.”

The screenings will happen once a month on a Monday afternoon. Each film will have a technician in attendance as well as a good number of volunteer stewards.

Ropetackle Cinema won a prestigious award from the BFI (British Film Industry) to put on this short programme of nine films which are deemed Relaxed and Friendly (with a focus on people suffering any form of memory loss)

This means in practice that some auditorium lights will remain on, and there will be a relaxed attitude to any noise. The films will start at 2pm but there will be a cup of tea available as from 1.30pm.

Funding for the refreshments has been donated by Adur Masonic Lodge (with match funding from the the Mason District)

If you would like to know more about this initiative, contact Simon Thorpe, at

Mamma Mia on Monday, June 10, £4 (carers are free)

The Lady in the Van on Monday, July 8, £4 (carers are free)

Bohemian Rhapsody on Monday, August 12, £4 (carers are free)

Refreshments: 1pm, Film starts: 1.30pm.

Youh will find Ropetackle Cinema at High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG, telephone number 01273 464440