Filmhouse Senior Selections Programme in Full Swing Again After Two Year Break

Filmhouse announces that their popular Senior Selections programme, that has been running since 2016 and gives the opportunity for older folks to socialise together after in-person screenings with tea, coffee and biscuits, will return to full service from August. This comes after a two-year break during which online sessions through Filmhouse at Home temporarily took the place of cinema screenings.

In April, Senior Selections brought back in-person screenings with a screening of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday. While a large majority of the Senior Selections audience said they felt safe during screenings, many weren’t ready to take part in traditional social gatherings after the film. Now, with a boost in confidence since then, Filmhouse is able to re-instate the post-film social gatherings from August. To ensure audiences continue to feel safe, both cinema and social events will have reduced capacity, and during the film, Covid control measures – such as socially distanced seating and the encouragement to wear face coverings – will remain in place.

Screenings will now take place in Cinema 1, Filmhouse’s largest screen which is accessible by lift. Where possible, films are shown with hard of hearing captions, or English subtitles.

The Senior Selections programme is for anyone aged 60+ who wishes to enjoy a shared love of film with their peers in a safe and comfortable environment. The Senior Selections programme offers a wide range of films to enjoy, from timeless classics to foreign language films as well as more recent releases, all curated by Filmhouse senior volunteers. Senior Selections volunteers also introduce each film and host everyone for a chat over tea and coffee after the film, echoing the ethos of Filmhouse by showing ‘films that are worth talking about.’

Filmhouse Community Engagement Manager Allan Irvine said “We are so pleased that Senior Selections is returning in all its former glory. The audience’s feedback has overwhelmingly asked for the refreshments and chat to be reinstated after the films which we are excited to be able to do. We can’t wait to invite everyone for a cuppa and hear their thoughts about the film.”

Screenings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 11am, with the ticket price of £4 that includes free refreshments after the film. Senior Selections is made possible due to the kind support of Foyle Foundation, Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, and all those who wish to remain anonymous. 

Upcoming Showings are as follows:   

August 3rd – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

September 7th – La Famille Bellier  

October 5th – Belle  

November 2nd – 1917  

December 7th – It’s a Wonderful Life   

Booking advisable from:

or tel 0131 228 2688 or visit the Filmhouse box office

Irene Brown

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