What's it all about and how to join

Altrincham Film Club is a not-for-profit film club, providing grown-up nights out at the movies to see films that aren’t teenager-aimed blockbusters and don’t require 3-D specs. We value sociability and comfort, and aim to make every film club night one Members and guests can look forward to. We are run by Members for Members.

There’s time and space to chat before and after the films, a licenced bar inside the cinema (that is, right inside our ‘private’ theatre), short films or cartoons like in the old days, and trailers for the films coming up. Sometimes we have had the film’s director at the showing for some revealing Q&A sessions.

How do I join?

Membership of Altrincham Film Club costs £5 per month payable by standing order, this gets you entry to all our screenings with nothing more to pay. And to help spread the word, as a member you can bring one guest for free to one screening each year. Just bring them along to a screening (no need to book). If you would like to join just drop us an email to altrinchamfilmclub@gmail.com and set up a standing order for £5 per month to Altrincham Film Club at the Cooperative Bank, sort code 08 92 99, account number 65524495, with something to identify you as the reference.

If you’d like to come but you’re not a member, you’re welcome to come along and pay £9 on the door. (We take cash or cheques on the door). If you want to book and pay in advance by card, you can click through from our event listing at the Cinnamon Club.

We expect to run a minimum of ten screenings over the next year. Your membership funds are used only towards the cost of screenings (ie room/equipment hire and film licence) and a tiny wee publicity budget.

What do I get for my membership?

You get the right to attend Altrincham Film Club events while ever you keep paying your £5 per month standing order. We get enough security to plan exciting events in advance and you get to support a local, sustainably sourced, artisan supplier of nights out for Altrincham.

How do you choose the films?

We get one Mark Elliott to schedule the films. We chose him because of his unerring taste obviously, but also because he is a member of BAFTA and gets sent lots of DVDs to review. He will of course listen to members suggestions – send yours to altrinchamfilmclub@gmail.com.

Where does the money go?

We pay a licence fee to show the film, we buy the DVD or BluRay, we rent the room space, and we hire the needed technology bits. We sometimes provide film-appropriate refreshments for free, and we spend a bit on posters and postcards to bring new people in.

Can I try before I join?

Yes you can, just come along on the night and pay the £9 guest fee or book online. After the first showing we will invite you to join as by becoming a member you help to give the Club security of income for planning the year’s programme.

But surely someone in your club knows about marketing and suggested you put together a list of key reasons why I should be a member?

Yup. Being a member brings nice privileges and good feelings:
you get to go to the movies in a rather special way
you participate in a community venture for our town
you watch in your own theatre with in-cinema bar, accompanied by your own friends
you get to see films which are wonderful but you may never have heard of (plus shorts and trailers)
you can bring guests (and one guest is free each year)
you can invite your friends to join
and you can join in the conversation afterwards, or at www.facebook.com/groups/altrinchamfilmclub

Have you got any unsolicited testimonials?

Yes we have:
“I enjoyed last Monday’s film so much that I’ve now paid my yearly subscription. Looking forward to the next cinema experience very much indeed. You’ve done a wonderful thing in putting huge amounts of time and effort into setting up this film club. Thanks, JM”

Can I help? And what is it with this question-and-answer format?

Well, we really need someone to write publicity material which doesn’t default to this tired Q&A format all the time, that’s for sure. But any Member who would like to join the committee and help with any other jobs is likely to be welcomed with suspicious eagerness.