Lympstone Film Society

The Return of Cinema to Lympstone
Lympstone Film Society’s 2019/20 season was cut short. We could not show our March and April films.  And we had to abandon the whole of the following season.
But Now We Are Back,
Keeping us safe We will be running the film showings in ways as near normal as possible, with social distancing, air conditioning and open windows (bring a thick jumper!).Entrance will be through the Function Room where the bar can be accessed. There will be a few well spaced tables in the Function Room and the outside patio with awning will be available (bring two thick jumpers).
Masks are preferred when moving through the Function Room and in the Main Hall, These can be removed when seated or outside.
No mingling in Main Hall so those who prefer to stay seated can remain socially distanced.
In the Main Hall the rows will be spaced 1 ½ metres apart. Anyone who wishes can be be given pieces of paper with a  cross to place on seats either side of themselves as social distancing..
Payment for entry (unless a member), bar and ice-creams, by card.
So much to look forward to
We are happy to announce that our new programme begins in September, with no fewer than NINE Friday evening films, including the two that were lost to the pandemic, and SIX Wednesday afternoon matinees.
The season opens with Knives Out, the entertaining American murder-mystery starring Daniel Craig, and ends in May with The Constant Gardener, based on one of John le Carré’s own favourite novels.
This season (2021/22) membership will continue to be £20 for the full season. This year there will be 15 free films to watch, 9 on Friday evenings and 6 as Wednesday matinees. (There will be a charge of £2 for matinee refreshments.) Entry for single films on Friday evenings will continue to be £5 and £5 for matinees (including refreshments). Membership through Helen Dimond by BACs or card reader..See Tickets/Membership page for full details.

Friday Evenings:
Sep 10    Knives Out  Daniel Craig plays the detective in this enjoyable murder-mystery, one of the wittiest and most entertaining films of the year.     
Oct  8    The Two Popes  Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are a joy to watch in this unexpectedly light-hearted and very funny film.  
Nov 12   Woman at War  This story of an Icelandic eco-warrior is a triumphant and exciting film, and unlike anything you’ve seen before.     
Dec 10  The Personal History of David Copperfield   A Christmas treat. Armando Ianucci’s hugely enjoyable version of Charles Dickens’ great novel of childhood and growing up.
Jan 14   Maudie  The life of the Nova Scotian folk artist Maudie Lewis, brilliantly played by Sally Hawkins. Irresistible and heart-warming.
Feb 11  Il Postino   Our classic film this season tells of a shy postman’s friendship with the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. An international gem.
Mar 11   Bait  Tensions between locals and tourists in a Cornish fishing village.You have never seen a film quite like Bait.
April  8  Wild Rose  Fresh from prison, a Scottish girl pursues her dream of becoming a country music star. A truly star-making turn from Jessie Buckley.               
May 6   The Constant Gardener  Good old- fashioned storytelling, with a terrific pulse of energy. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz are riveting.

Wednesday Matinees:
In the Function Room at the Village Hall
Doors Open 2.00pm Programme starts 2.30pm .
Classic Films
With introductory talk by Martin Fisher
Nov 24 Ninotchka (1939) Starring the legendary Greta Garbo in a rare comedy role as a Russian commissar on a mission to Paris. Involving diamonds, bungling countrymen and unexpected romance.
23 Feb Brighton Rock (1948) Adapted from Graham Greene’s novel, Richard Attenborough stars as a ruthless gang leader working the race tracks.
27 April The Last Picture Show (1971) Dealing with the inhabitants of a small Texas town in the 1950’s. Strong performances from a mainly youthful cast, this film has become a classic.
Local Films
With introduction by Brian Mather.
27 Oct Tied to the Tide (2014) Lympstone film makers follow the skipper and crew of the small trawler, the Compass Rose, based in Lympstone.
26 Jan  ‘Allo ‘Allo! (2011) Lympstone pays homage to the hugely popular and long-running 1980s sitcom set in France around the end of the Second World War.
23 Mar Lympstone Past Featuring fascinating old footage of Lympstone 1930’s to 1950’s.

For 12 highly-successful seasons, Lympstone Film Society has been bringing cinema to the village. With an enthusiastic audience of 100 or more, we have shown recent and older films which are not usually seen in the commercial picture houses. We welcome new members from the village and beyond, and offer social and enjoyable evenings with great entertainment.
   Our cinema is Lympstone village hall. With a Lottery grant we installed a large cinema screen, which fills the proscenium arch at the press of a button, a top quality projector with Blu-Ray DVD technology, and a surround–sound system.
   The programme runs from September to April, with the Friday films normally screened  the second Friday of the month, and with six Wednesday matinees. And so members can see 15 films each year for their £20 annual subscription.
   Doors usually open at 6.45 pm for the Friday evening showings, so that members can meet beforehand and have a drink from the bar, a friendly and popular social occasion. Screening starts at 7.30 pm. There is usually a short film and advertisements for Lympstone events, followed by an interval where ice creams and drinks are on sale. After the interval we show the main film.
   Excellent programme notes are distributed, which this coming season can also be read in advance on this website. Each of the three Wednesday afternoon classic films is preceded by an entertaining talk by Martin Fisher, former Head of Light Entertainment for BBC Radio, who selects this part of the programm. The local films are introduced by Brian Mather.
  Once a year, usually in February,.we serve a very popular meal that precedes a film

  A lending library of DVDs of films we have shown is free to members. Contact

Upcoming films 2021/22
Friday evenings:
Sept 10
  Knives Out 
Oct 8  Wild Rose
Nov 12  Woman at War
Dec 10  The Personal History of David Copperfield
Jan 14  Maudie
Feb 11  Il Postino
Mar 11  Bait
Apr 8  The Two Popes
May 6  The Constant Gardener
Wednesday matinees
Classic Films
Nov 24  Ninotchka
23 Feb  Brighton Rock
27 April  The Last Picture Show
Local films
27 October  Tied to the Tide
26 January ‘Allo ‘Allo!
23 March  Lympstone Past

See ARCHIVE for all our previous films

Film timings 2021/2022
Friday evenings
Doors open 6.45pm
Shorts start 7.30pm
Main film starts c. 8.00pm
Wednesday matinees
Doors open 2.00pm
Programme starts 2.30pm with introduction

Get in touch

Membership Secretary    Helen Dimond

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