In 2014 we started a cinema club with a tentative two visits to the local cinema, 10 people and a bag of popcorn! Since then the club has grown and grown. In 2015 we went to nine blockbuster films and so far in 2016 we have seen eight. The number of people has gone up to an average attendance of 25 to 28 people.
Some of the films we have seen over the past two years include: Into the Woods, The Foxcatcher, The Wedding Ringer, Home, Fast & Furious 7, Age of Adaline, Maze Runner 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Burnt, 5th Wave, Point Break, Eddie the Eagle, X-Men Apolocalypse, Teenage Mutant Turtle 2, Tarzan, Secret life of Pets and Captain America- Civil War.
Every Wednesday during the winter, and outside of school holidays, Movies@Swords show a newly released film at 11.00 am and we like to take advantage of this. The staff and facilities at the cinema are great. The staff are very helpful and have even put on a certain movie for us when we requested it.
Going to the movies is a fun way of using local facilities, interrogating into the community and promoting independence. Initially when we started to go to the cinema we travelled by car, brought snacks from home and handed our money to staff to pay for us. Now more of the group are travelling independently, meeting at the cinema, buy their own snacks and pay into the movies themselves.
Movies@Swords is a wonderful facility to have on our doorstep. Since the start of the club, more of the participants have started going to the cinema at the weekends or in the evenings. The club has given participants the confidence to try new experiences in the community.
“I really enjoy going to the cinema.” – Tom Morgan
“I like the cinema. I love going with my friends.” – Linda Mooney
“It is great that I can meet the group at the cinema myself.” – Suzanne Hyland
“I to buy my ice cream in the cinema before I go to see a film.” – Mary Mc Guirke
“I like to get a coffee before I go to the movies.” – Chris O Neill