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City Screen York

City Screen is located in the centre of York, just off the main shopping street, behind the church of St. Martin-le-Grand. Its history as a repertory cinema operating from Tempest Anderson Hall in Museum Gardens blossomed in 2000 when City Screen joined the Picturehouse stable and relocated to its present location, occupying the former printing press and offices of ‘The Yorkshire Herald’. The complex forms an arts hub for York comprising three luxury state-of-the-art cinemas, an art gallery, The Basement live music venue and the Riverside Cafe-Bar. The Riverside enjoys glorious views from a spacious terrace overlooking the River Ouse. The cinema is equipped with THX sound and Real-D 3D capability, programming both mainstream and independent films for a discerning audience. Live satellite feeds of opera, ballet, and National Theatre Live complement the cinematic offering.

Updated:
4 March 2020
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Arts
Local Alliances:
York Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

York’s city centre cinema City Screen are proud to be showing Dementia-Friendly Screenings with the aim of making cinema more inclusive and accessible to our local dementia community.

Screenings take place on the last Monday of every month at 1.15 with free tea, coffee and biscuits served from 12.45 in the upstairs lounge to give people the chance to meet and socialise with others, and get to know the space.

Dementia-Friendly Screenings seek to provide a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, and their families and carers, to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment.

Screenings are open to everyone; the screenings are enhanced to suit the needs of people living with dementia: the lights are left on low, the volume is reduced and many of City Screen’s staff are Dementia Friends.            

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The key is keeping all staff aware.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    A manager is a Dementia Champion and delivers Dementia information sessions for new staff to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help

    Status:
  • Ingrain a culture of inclusivity in the staff body

    Staff are genuinely understanding, aware and open minded as a matter of course.  

    Status:
  • Raising awareness within our customer population

    We have been playing Dementia-Friendly cinema for the  last four years and our website and newsletters and in-house publicity highlight screenings to our customers.

    During our monthly screenings the building has information about Dementia and sign posting for support, as well as additional signage for the audience which raises the profile of screenings as well as challenges faced by those living with dementia which may not be otherwise seen by the public.

    Manager happy to host Dementia information sessions for customers upon request in our central venue.

    Status:
  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    A manager is a Dementia Champion and delivers Dementia information sessions for new staff to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.

    Status:
  • Ingrain a culture of inclusivity in the staff body

    Staff are genuinely understanding, aware and open minded as a matter of course.  

     

    Status:
  • Raising awareness within our customer population

    We have been playing Dementia-Friendly cinema for the  last four years and our website and newsletters and in-house publicity highlight screenings to our customers.

    During our monthly screenings the building has information about Dementia and sign posting for support, as well as additional signage for the audience which raises the profile of screenings as well as challenges faced by those living with dementia which may not be otherwise seen by the public.

    Manager happy to host Dementia information sessions for customers upon request in our central venue.

    Status: