Richmond Film Society
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Richmond Film Society
Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened nearly 790 films. Our objective was, and remains, to bring our community the very best in World Cinema.
Our seasons run from September to April or May and our current season (our 56th) is projected to attract an aggregate audience of over 4,000 attendees. Our success in achieving a near doubling in attendances last season was recognised at the ‘Film Society of the Year Awards’ in September 2018, where we were Highly Commended in the ‘Marketing and Publicity category’. This growth has continued unabated and, indeed, has accelerated in the current Season 56.
Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.
See http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk for full details of the programme.
Since January 2018, we have screened all our films at The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre, lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café. On screening nights, the bar is open from 7.00pm, as well after the film, drinks can be taken into auditorium and tea, coffee and snacks are also available. Screenings start at 8:00pm sharp, with no trailers or advertisements.
The Exchange is directly opposite Twickenham station, which is served by trains to and from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Kingston and Reading. Bus routes 110, 267 and 281 stop outside The Exchange, the 290 stops in Arragon Road and the 33, 490, H22, R68 and R70 all stop in central Twickenham, which is a 5 minute walk away.
There is no onsite parking at The Exchange and no public parking on the Brewery Wharf Estate. There is, however, free car parking nearby at: (i) Waitrose Arragon Road multi-storey car park from 6:00pm to midnight; and (ii) Holly Road car park from 6:30pm.
Season 56 - Membership Closed
A core objective of RFS (a not-for-profit charity) is to promote and encourage interest in World Cinema as an art form and to make our screenings affordable for everyone in our community. With that objective in mind and in recognition of the sharp increases in attendances, the membership fee for Season 56 was reduced by one third to £40 (£25 full-time students) and the season was extended from 15 to 16 films.
Membership includes free admission to all 16 screenings, admission to the Christmas party, input into future film selection and details of other local arts-related events through our affiliation with Arts Richmond.
Given a tripling in membership for Season 56 and a major increase in attendances, the Committee have given consideration to an appropriate cap on both membership and the number of non-member tickets which are made available for future screenings, so as to ensure that capacity is not exceeded and that all attendees can watch our films in comfort.
The RFS membership of 231 represents just over 80% of The Exchange’s 285-seat capacity. The fact that only around two-thirds of members typically attend each screening has, thus far, provided a degree of ‘headroom’ in terms of the auditorium’s capacity. Given the current trend, however, and the fact that attendances at a number of recent screenings have approached 90% of capacity, membership for Season 56 has now been closed.
Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ - or, alternatively, on the night (cash only).
The number of non-member tickets available via The Exchange’s Box Office is currently capped at 60 per film in order to enable the Committee to determine how many tickets should be available for sale on the door at any given screening. Cash sales on the night will, therefore, also be limited and, to be guaranteed a ticket, we recommend early advance booking via The Exchange.
Extension to Season 56
The current season of 16 films is to be extended by five additional films:
- one in The Exchange's Science Week, provisionally on 12 March 2019;
- one in conjunction with the Exchange's 'Beatles in Twickenham' events, provisionally on 21 May 2019;
- two additional World Cinema films, provisionally on 14 and 28 May 2019; and
- a screening as part of the Twickenham Festival in or around mid-June 2019.
As in Season 55, admission to all five additional films will be free to RFS members.
Please note that all the above dates remain provisional at this stage. Details of each of the films and their respective screening dates will follow once these have been selected and confirmed.
For further information about RFS and our current season of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film
All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.
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