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Movie Memories FAQ

What is the latest update on Movie Memories?

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) has been temporarily closed for most of the past year due to nationwide precautions around public health. We were delighted and relieved to reopen on 5 June, however due to social distancing regulations and the ongoing public health considerations for vulnerable people, live Movie Memories events remain paused until further notice.

Thank you to all those who completed the Movie Memories questionnaire. Your views and feelings about what Movie Memories means to you have been wonderful to read and your feedback is never more valuable to us than during these times.

With the support of our funder, Life Changes Trust, we look forward to re-starting and continuing the great success that has been built so far in dementia-friendly film engagement. 

What is Movie Memories?

Movie Memories is a monthly programme funded by Life Changes Trust. We present classic and contemporary film screenings alongside a programme of multi-arts entertainment. 

This programme is designed especially for people affected by dementia. This encompasses people living with a type of dementia and their carers, friends and family. 

With dementia aware staff and volunteers (Movie Memories Ambassadors) a safe and social environment is created where everyone is welcome.

People living with dementia play a central role in the programme delivery - Agnes Houston MBE is our Movie Memories Coordinator. 

Movie Memories is developed and informed by a steering group which includes; GCVS Community Connectors, Dementia Carers Voices, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland,DEEP network, Glasgow’s Golden Generation (formally Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association), Alzheimer Scotland and Together in Dementia Everyday (TIDE).

Running alongside the programme we work with an academic researcher who is analysing how a dementia-friendly film programme can promote a ‘dementia positive’ community.

Why is this programme important?

A new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world every four seconds. This is something we can’t ignore, particularly as 34% of the 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK don’t feel part of their community, 61% felt anxious or depressed recently and 40% felt lonely. (Data from Alzheimer’s Society). 

Closer to home, 90,000 people have a diagnosis of dementia in Scotland and 10% of those people live in Glasgow. Research has shown that many people with dementia grow to fear that they will no longer be socially welcome, and stop taking part in activities they enjoy. 

At GFT we recognise the changes in our audiences, and understand that we need to be doing more to make sure people living with dementia - together with their family and friends - can enjoy a cinema experience in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Film not only has the power to bring communities together but it is a powerful tool to improve mental wellbeing and confidence.

What can I expect at a Movie Memories event?

A welcoming and safe environment.

A social space, where conversation is encouraged.

Dementia aware staff and volunteers.

An interval with live music and free refreshements.

All tickets are £3.

Venue Access Information

All events will be seated.

The venue will have clear signage.

There is an accessible toilet.

The flooring in the cinema is short pile carpet.

The venue is well lit – the cinema stairs are lit at all times.

The venue is well ventilated.


How do I find out about upcoming events through the website?

Each month Movie Memories will present either classic or contemporary film screenings or archive screening events alongside multi-arts entertainment. 

Full details of upcoming events can be found on our website, by using the ‘Dementia Friendly’ filter option on the ‘What’s On’ page. Throughout the year we will host Dementia Friendly pop up film events that will happen in community venues.

Find out what's coming up here.

How do I get to GFT?

If you are arriving to us by car or taxi there is a convenient drop off point located directly in front of the GFT. The drop off point does not have a drop curb.

The GFT does not have its own car park. The nearest public car park is Cambridge Street Car Park (G2 3HN). Open 24 hours and located off Cowcaddens Road with 9 accessible marked Blue Badge bays.


How do I stay up-to-date with Movie Memories events?

For news and updates on dementia friendly screenings and events, sign up for monthly dementia-friendly event Enewsletter here. Just sign in online through your GFT account and select dementia-friendly Enewsletter. 

If you have any problems, email and we will be happy to help.

This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust.  The Trust is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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