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What is it?

  • Going to the cinema is something you can do just casually for fun or with a more serious purpose of learning from the film as well, or learning more about the cinema and film making.  

  • You can go to see films either at a commercial cinema complex or a film theatre if there is one near you.  You can also join a film club which may have a special programme of film showings.

  • There is a wide range of types of films that you can take an interest in, including documentaries and shorts as well as the normal feature films.  Film theatres (or art movie houses) are more likely to show foreign language films and others of particular interest to serious film goers.

  • You can also add to your knowledge of films by renting special videos or investigating movie sites on the Internet.

Find out more


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Getting started

  • Find a local film group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre or film theatre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of cinema and film.

  • Check in your local library/paper, film theatre or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Providing you are above the age limit for the film in question, and can afford the admission charge, anyone can go to see films. 

  • You can go to films on your own, but many people like to go with friends, and others like to join a local film club or group which puts on films and videos and holds discussions about them on a regular basis.  

  • Membership of such groups is likely to range widely in terms of age groups and will include both sexes.

Equipment or clothing
  • As an individual film goer you don't need any special equipment, though putting on films requires projectors and a screen in addition to the film itself.

A place or facilities
  • In addition to the commercial cinema complexes in or near most towns, there are special film theatres in most regions of the country.  

  • Local film groups and clubs may hire a local hall or theatre to put on shows.

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