CINEMA

NEXT FILM: MOONAGE DAYDREAM (15) – FRIDAY 10th MARCH

7:30pm Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS. Tickets £7 available in advance and on the door (cash/card). Seating around small tables ‘cabaret’ style. Drinks available from Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club bar.

For all Bowie fans! A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. From visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen, and sanctioned by the Bowie estate.

It’s been a while since Fulbourn Cinema showed a documentary film, but this is no ordinary documentary. Described as, ‘A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey’ (IMDb), the film was made by visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen, and sanctioned by the late singer’s estate.

Critics have called it, ‘A mindblowing labour of love’ (The Guardian), ‘Gorgeous, immersive, overwhelming and intimate’ (Movie Nation) and ‘A stunning achievement’ (Roger Ebert). Vogue said, ‘Astounding, among the best films about any artist I’ve ever seen’. It’s been nominated for 32 awards and the producers have limited the streaming rights, encouraging people to see it on a big screen – so what are you waiting for? Time to paint your face, dig out those platforms and clomp down to the Townley Hall to re-live your Golden Years and find out if there is Life on Mars!


PAST EVENT: Elvis (cert 12A) 2022

Friday 13th Jan – 7:30pm Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS

The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks

This is everything you might expect of a Baz Luhrmann biopic. It’s brash, loud, maximalist, and certainly never boring, but also keeps its subject at a distance, enthralled by his glamour not his soul… Where Luhrmann absolutely excels, making some of the best work of his career, is in showing the addictive but destructive romance between Presley and his live audience. The performance sequences are a triumph… Austin Butler is sensational as Presley. It’s a huge ask for an actor to disappear into a man so well known that everyone and his uncle does a bad impression of him. Butler convinces at every age, from teen to 42. He’s not a particularly close visual match for Presley but he’s mastered vocal inflections and imperceptible details in Presley’s moves on stage that mean he captures his presence. More importantly, he gives a sense of a person, with normal insecurities, beneath the public image. (Empire)


PAST EVENT: The Duke (cert 12A) 2020

Friday 9th Dec – 7:30pm Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS

Based on actual events, this acclaimed movie has Jim Broadbent as Kempton Bunton, (Helen Mirren plays his long suffering wife) the man who in 1961 stole Goya’s portrait of The Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery


PAST EVENT: Downton Abbey – A New Era (cert PG) 2022

Friday 11th Nov – 7:30pm Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS

In a follow up to the hugely successful Downton Abbey TV series and first movie, in this new 2022 film, the Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess’s newly inherited villa.


PAST EVENT: Licorice Pizza (cert 15) 2021

Friday 7th Oct – Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS

‘Licorice Pizza’ is the story of two youngsters growing up, running around and falling in love in California’s San Fernando Valley. Set in 1973, it was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master, The Phantom Thread).

The lead roles are played by two newcomers, Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, who are ably supported by a huge cast including Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper and Tom Waits. The soundtrack is like a ‘70s jukebox, while the lush-but-edgy theme music is by Anderson’s go-to composer Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead).


PHANTOM OF THE OPEN – Shown on Friday 9th Sept

The heartwarming true story of Maurice Flintoff, who entered the 1976 British Open despite never having played a round of golf before.

The extraordinary story of an ordinary man, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is an uplifting and moving comedy drama about pursuing your dreams and shooting for the stars, no matter what hand you’re dealt.

‘It’s a particularly British story. And it is a sort of fairytale, taking liberties in the way it’s presented but very charming and very funny.’ (Mark Kermode)

‘A quirky Britcom with bite and soul.’ (The Times)

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Sir Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (2015), which was shown at Fulbourn Cinema last year. Speaking of Sir Mark’s role in ‘Phantom of the Open’, The Guardian reviewer Simran Hans wrote, ‘There’s an earnestness to Rylance’s performance, which encourages us to find inspiration in the underdog.’


Holiday Cinema: Encanto (U) 2021

Shown on Weds August 24th at 2:30pm in Townley Memorial Hall to a large audience of children and accompanying adults.


SING-ALONG CINEMA: GREASE (1978) shown on 23rd July.

Back by popular request, another joint Fulbourn Cinema / Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club event in the Fulbourn Institute bar with a sing-along screening of the 1978 classic – Grease (PG).

A musical about teens in love in the 1950s. It’s California 1958 and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High.


BELFAST – Certificate 12 (2021) – shown on June 10th

North Belfast, 15 August 1969 and nine-year-old Buddy is trying to understand the world of violence and intimidation around him as sectarian conflict grows, pitting neighbours against each other and forcing people to flee their homes. Buddy’s family must face a heart-breaking decision: should they stay and risk their lives or start packing for England?

Director Kenneth Branagh earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the screenplay, based on memories of his own early years. Buddy’s family, played by Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds, Catriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan, have all had multiple awards nominations too, though many people thought that young Jude Hill as Buddy completely stole the show. Branagh quite deliberately chose to place the darkness and violence of the adult political world in the shadows, in favour of a rose-tinted memoir of family life seen through the eyes of innocence.

‘There is a terrific warmth and tenderness to Kenneth Branagh’s elegiac, autobiographical movie about the Belfast of his childhood: spryly written, beautifully acted and shot in a lustrous monochrome.’ – The Guardian

‘Branagh’s playful nostalgia warms the heart even as it makes blood run cold.’ – The Standard

‘Branagh has made a masterpiece.’ – The Times

‘A gorgeous, proudly unreliable glance over the shoulder. A tribute to an often maligned city. No doubt a source of incoming controversy. What else would you expect from a film called Belfast?’ – The Irish Times


Sally Hawkins starred in ‘Maudie’, a film about a Canadian ‘naïve’ artist, which was very warmly received when it was also shown at Fulbourn Cinema last year.


Friday 6th May 7:30 for 7:45pm – Ammonite – a 2021 History / Drama set in 1840’s England. Showing in Townley Memorial Hall, CB21 5BS, starring Kate Winslett and Saoirse Ronan.

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

Critical acclaim:

‘Ammonite’ is an absorbing drama that sensationally brings together two superlative performers. (The Guardian)

One of the finest films of the year. (Daily Telegraph)

It is a story of connection, something we all seek, even after our lives seem to have made it impossible to find. (Roger Ebert)

Another tenderly executed triumph from Francis Lee, and a captivating, serrated starring performance from Kate Winslet. (Empire)

3 awards and 32 nominations, including:

BAFTA nomination – costume designs (Michael O’Connor)

Women Film Critics Circle award – Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan

Secure your seat at a reserved table in Townley Memorial Hall at 7.30pm by emailing fulbourncinema@btinternet.com. Entry is £7 on the door by cash or card.


Fulbourn Cinema showed ‘The Station Agent‘ (15) on 8th April. A very subtle but sweet drama about three loners who meet up and become close friends. It is full of emotion, humour, and wonderful characters, and stars Peter Dinklage. Since his first role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays, probably most notably, Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011). For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – and he is currently appearing in Cyrano.

Mamma Mia, Here we go again! (2018) was screened on 12th Feb and was our first combined event with Fulbourn Institute Sports and Social Club (FISSC) hosted on the big screen in their bar. It was the sing-along version (with a special Valetine’s entry price of £5, FISSC members entered free), much enjoyed by the fifty attendees on the night.

The feel-good, village community themed film DREAM HORSE (rated PG) was screened on Friday 14th January at Townley Memorial Hall to a substantial audience. Great to see people returning to attend events again! We’ll keep the films coming every month if you keep coming too!

‘Dream Horse’ tells the true story of Jan Vokes (Academy Award nominee Toni Colette), a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a race horse. She persuades her neighbors and friends to contribute financially to the scheme.


The Cinema organising group reserve the Townley Memorial Hall for regular film nights. Doors open at 7.30 pm and shows commence at 7.45 pm.

We had to increase our entry price a little in 2022 to cover our increased hall hire and film licence costs. Tickets £7 in cash (or card) on the door (under 12’s free). To purchase tickets in advance please use the links published for each film and on our TICKETS page

Certifications are shown for all films. Please take them into account when deciding whether or not to bring children with you.

The new socially distanced cinema layout provides seating around small tables and with extra seating available further back. Please bring your facemask if you want to. Drinks are available from the Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club bar.

Keep an eye on these pages and if you’re not on Facebook then just drop a line to fulbournarts@gmail.com and we’ll let you know about the next screening.


Summer holiday family film shows were a new departure for Fulbourn Cinema but they are proving well worth doing. On 4 August 2021 we showed Paddington to an audience of 35 children and parents. Whether people had seen the film before or it was their first time didn’t seem to matter – everyone seemed glued to the screen throughout. Of course, it’s one of those films that works on two levels, with sly humour provided for the adults as well as the more obvious bits for the children.

For our second show on 25 August 2021 we screened Raya and The Last Dragon, a very recent Disney animation, with an audience of 45. The dialogue and plot line were maybe more suitable for the older kids but everyone seemed to enjoy it, with lots of ‘Oohs!’ and ‘Aahs!’ at the exciting bits. One young man was heard to announce proudly that this was the fifth time he’d seen it.

We had learnt from the first show that free soft drinks and snacks throughout the show was perhaps not the wisest strategy, so all children were given raffle tickets for one free drink and one snack. Everyone seemed happy with that so we will do the same for future shows.


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  1. Sorry Shelagh. Its a typo. Belfast is TONIGHT – June 10th not on July 10th.

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