All future screenings cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel all film screenings at Screen St Ives for the foreseeable future.

We have been monitoring the advice coming from the UK government and other health organisations about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and while there is no current requirement for cinemas or venues to close, we are mindful that this is likely to change in the coming days and weeks. The safety of our customers always comes first, and as we cannot know how quickly the current situation will develop, we feel it is only right to do our bit to ensure no-one is put at risk unnecessarily.

All ticket sales for next week’s screening of Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood will be refunded. If you bought your ticket online, you don’t need to do anything – you will be fully reimbursed shortly. If you bought your ticket in person at the St Ives Corn Exchange, please call in to get your refund. If you have any queries about your refund, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our next season of films has been planned, but clearly we don’t yet know when we will be able to announce the dates. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates by email, on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter channels.

We’re sorry for any disappointment this decision may cause, and thank you for your understanding. We hope to be back in the Corn Exchange showing great films to our fantastic customers and residents very soon. In the meantime, please stay safe and continue to look out for each other. You can get advice and guidance on coronavirus from the NHS and GOV.UK websites:

Best wishes from everyone at the Screen St Ives team.

Rob, Marilyn, Allan & Gavin

Special Dementia Friendly Film Screening for St Ives

St Ives Dementia Friendly Community and popular local community cinema Screen St Ives are collaborating on a special dementia friendly film screening.

On Wednesday 14 August we will show the classic musical comedy Calamity Jane which stars Doris Day and features many sing-a-long numbers such as Whip-Crack-Away and Secret Love.

The film has been specially selected to appeal to the widest possible audience. The screening will be carefully presented to suit those living with dementia so that they can enjoy a fun cinematic experience in a relaxed, safe, and friendly space. The film will be introduced and then shown with a break in the middle and low lighting in the auditorium throughout.

There will be space for wheelchairs and for the audience to move around if necessary. Singing and talking will be encouraged, and specially trained volunteers will be on hand to make sure those with dementia, as well as their partners, friends, and carers, are able to have a fantastic time. Extra signs will help people find their way around the venue.

The screening will take place in the Tony Burgess Room, upstairs at the Corn Exchange in St Ives. There will be free refreshments after the film and the opportunity for a friendly chat.

Doors open at 1:00pm for a 1:30pm start. Tickets are £5 and free for carers. They are available online, at the Corn Exchange in advance, or on the door.

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Notes for editors

Screen St Ives
An independent community cinema for St Ives, Cambs, Screen St Ives (SSI) is based at the Corn Exchange in the centre of town. Founded in 2011 by a group of film enthusiasts, SSI offers a diverse programme of twice-monthly film screenings as well as other special screenings.

Facilities include: central location, a friendly welcome, disabled toilet, lift, as well as easy access to the guided busway.

Film Screenings
● Screen 1: “The biggest films on our biggest screen”: the third Friday of each month in the main Charter Hall at St Ives Corn Exchange. Where people can enjoy all the spectacle of the latest films on a large 6.5m wide screen.
● Screen 2: “A window on the world”: the first Thursday in the month upstairs in the Tony Burgess Room. S2 launched in August 2017 following a successful application for British Film Institute funding to buy new projection equipment. The award recognised SSI’s work in bringing diverse, entertaining, and thought-provoking films to the residents of St Ives and beyond. Screen 2 events take place in a more intimate space upstairs with special introductions, screening notes, and friendly, relaxed, optional post film discussions.

St Ives Dementia Friendly Community and Alzheimer’s Society
The group aims to grow as a place where people living with dementia are respected, understood and can actively participate as valued members of the community.

Headed up by Ian Jackson, continuing his work with the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative from his previous role as Town Mayor, the group is spreading awareness and understanding of dementia in St Ives.

Retail and other businesses have been approached and offered free Dementia Friends awareness sessions and asked to make positive changes to their customer-facing environment. To date over twenty window stickers have been issued to those premises that have attended awareness sessions and committed to the cause.

Along the way hundreds of Dementia Friends have been recruited and many regular dementia friendly activities set up. St Ives is now recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as working to become a Dementia Friendly Community – the first in Cambridgeshire.

Screen St Ives and Care Network Cambridgeshire present: A Classic Film in the Afternoon

SCREEN ST IVES & CARE NETWORK CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Bringing People Together Through Film

Popular community cinema Screen St Ives, in collaboration with Care Network Cambridgeshire, present a special afternoon screening of the much-loved Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico under the banner A Classic Film in the Afternoon.

Both Screen St Ives and Care Network Cambridgeshire work to bring people together through shared activities in a friendly, safe space.

This will be a warm and relaxed screening in the Burgess Room at the St Ives Corn Exchange. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the film together and perhaps join in an informal chat afterwards over refreshments.  It’s a chance for a break from the routine, to enjoy a great film and meet new people.

Passport to Pimlico is one of the most popular of the wonderful Ealing comedies, made in 1949 and starring Stanley Holloway, and in which some residents decide to declare independence. It’s a timeless film.

The venue has disabled access.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 22 May at 2pm. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Tickets only cost £5. They are available online and at the Corn Exchange, St Ives in advance. Seating is very limited so advance booking is advised.


Notes for editors

Screen St Ives (SSI)

An independent community cinema for St Ives, Cambs, SSI is based at the Corn Exchange in the centre of town. Founded in 2011 by a group of film enthusiasts, SSI offers a diverse programme of twice-monthly film screenings as well as other special screenings.

Facilities include: central location, a friendly welcome, licensed bar, disabled toilet, lift, free parking nearby, as well as easy access to the guided busway.

Film Screenings

  • Screen 1: “The biggest films on our biggest screen”: the third Friday of each month in the main Charter Hall at St Ives Corn Exchange.  Where people can enjoy all the spectacle of the latest films on a large 6.5m wide screen.
  • Screen 2: “A window on the world”: the first Thursday in the month upstairs in the Tony Burgess Room.  S2 launched in August 2017 following a successful application for British Film Institute funding to buy new projection equipment. The award recognised SSI’s work in bringing diverse, entertaining, and thought-provoking films to the residents of St Ives and beyond. Screen 2 events take place in a more intimate space upstairs with special introductions, screening notes, and friendly, relaxed, optional post film discussions. Audience ratings of Screen 2 events have been extremely positive.

Care Network Cambridgeshire (CNC)

A registered charity, helping people to stay healthy, independent and in touch with their communities.  Funded by Cambridgeshire Community Innovation Fund, the Connected Communities Project is active in St Ives and the surrounding villages, and Soham.  It encourages and assists local communities and individuals to set up new groups to meet the identified needs of their communities, including addressing loneliness, preventing crisis and reaching people who are isolated due to their circumstances, such as caring for a loved one.

The collaboration with Screen St Ives arose after talking to older people who wanted an afternoon film club as they didn’t like going out at night. They also expressed a preference for seeing classic films. Having a chance to chat and share some light refreshments afterwards provides an opportunity to keep in touch and make new friends.