Friends of the Picture House

The Friends of the Picture House is a voluntary group that represents everyone who uses the Picture House. Its elected committee meet regularly to consider what its members want from the Picture House and how the Friends can ensure that the cinema continues to thrive. Support is given to the cinema by members of the Friends and particularly by members of the committee. The support is sometimes financial, sometimes practical and sometimes by way of delivery of important ancillary projects, such as the Making Friends scheme.

A member of the Friends committee attends the Town Council’s Picture House management committee meetings to ensure that the views of the cinema-goers are well represented. We also host bi-monthly ‘Friends Presents’ screenings at the cinema.

Membership of the Friends is free and open to anyone who has an interest in seeing the Picture House continue to cater for the diverse interests of its customers. New members are always welcome – you can join either by completing a Friends form, available in the foyer of the Picture House, or by emailing ‘foph(at)’ with your full name and email address, confirming confirm that you’d like to join the Friends and be kept informed about all Friends news and meeting details.

During the Picture House’s second lockdown closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic (effective 5 November 2020) if you would like to support the cinema please consider a donation to the Friends and this money will be used to support the cinema on re-opening. Some customers have indicated they would like to give the value of their refunded tickets to the cinema, and this is the only way to make that donation as the cinema’s ticketing agent Ticketsource does not handle donations.
Please send any donations to the Friends by either
– bank transfer (account number 32110014 sort code 01-03-99) or
– Paypal (select the ‘Friends and Family’ option please) – the PayPal account is
Please use payment reference ‘DONATION’. Thank you for your kind support.

You can also support the cinema at this time by becoming a Centenary Patron to support the cinema with its 2021 Centenary programme of films and events.

If you are happy to volunteer your time with assisting with tasks such as fundraising activities, assisting with organising and attending publicity events, selling raffle tickets, helping with newsletters or other specific projects that arise or can offer any other skills to support the Friends’ projects, please let us know when emailing to join the Friends. Many of these activities are suspended at present for health and safety reasons, due to the pandemic.

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