SANTA! I know him…

Well it’s that time of year. If your tree isn’t up yet then it soon will be I’m sure! We are all in the festive spirit here at Film at the Folk Hall HQ and gearing up for our Christmas event on Sunday 17th December! This year we will be showing ELF!  We can’t wait. No Christmas is truly complete without watching this modern classic and laughing along at Will Ferrell with a great group of people in our favourite Folk Hall will be so much fun.


Elf follows the journey of Buddy (Will Ferrell) who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.

Originally Jim Carrey was hoped to play Buddy but we think Will Ferrell’s performance is what made this the smash hit it was! Perhaps it was because Will Ferrell himself was once a ‘Mall Santa’ which gave him the right to scream… ‘SANTA! I KNOW HIM!’. He has point blank refused to make a sequel to Elf unfortunately, despite being offered $29 million to do so! Luckily for us the first one is still so good it doesn’t get old!

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Tickets are at the usual low cost of £4 adults, £3 members and £2 children! To keep any restless little ones busy we will also be making some Christmas tree decorations too. Doors and crafts from 2pm then the film starts at 2:30pm.


See you there!



We’re going crazy for Swayze!


It’s finally happening! The film we’ve all been waiting for (particularly our volunteer Anna) is coming to our community cinema on 24th November 2017. This film has everything! Romance, drama, dancing, PATRICK SWAYZE!

It started off as a low budget film from a new production company but went on to win the hearts of fans and it quickly became a cult classic. It was the first VHS to sell over a million copies and still managed to sell a million DVDs in 2005! The movie only cost £3.2 million to make yet made £172 million at the box office. That’s almost £400 million in today’s money! As well as winning an Oscar for Best Original Song the soundtrack has also gone multi-platinum with over 31 millions copies sold world wide. Easy to see why with hits like (I’ve had) The Time of My Life, She’s Like The Wind and Hungry Eyes on there to name a few.

Can you believe Patrick Swayze wasn’t the original choice for the part of Johnny? He was supposed to be 10 years younger and Mediterranean so Billy Zane was pegged for it. Sharon Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker also auditioned for the part of Baby too. Thankfully the film makers saw the chemistry between Swayze and Jennifer Grey and it was a simple choice!

There’s some classic scenes from this film too, the obvious one being ‘THE LIFT’! Believe it or not, the final lift scene was done in one take and Jennifer Grey has never done it since.


Patrick Swayze sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in September 2009. A talented, singer, dancer and actor he is sadly missed across the world and we will have a short tribute to him during the interval of our screening.

We can’t wait to share such a fun and classic film with our audience. We will also be giving away the collectors edition blu ray of the film and the 2 disc special edition soundtrack to 2 lucky audience members!

Tickets are available from the Folk Hall or via our Facebook page.

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Fright at the Folk Hall!

Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in ‘Psycho’

We like to put something fiendish on for you in October! We’ve obviously missed the mark over the last two Halloweens and we don’t mind admitting it when we get it wrong. So earlier this year we decided to ask our audience to help us pick from a selection of fantastic films. With questionnaires and a Facebook poll in June our audience have now decided that on Friday 27th October we will be enjoying Hitchcock’s timeless classic ‘Psycho’ (1960).


It follows secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who goes on the run with her boyfriend after stealing from her employer. She decides to stop at a motel during a heavy storm where she meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

With genre defining suspense and some iconic scenes, the film also boasts a memorable score. Hitchcock famously said “33% of the effect of Psycho was the music”. As well as being his first horror film it was also his highest grossing movie and we can’t wait to enjoy his artistry in all its glory with you on our big screen!

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Following this we will have ‘Dirty Dancing’ on the 24th November and our kid friendly ‘Elf’ matinee on Sunday 17th December. We are also already considering our next season of films for you and working with some new volunteers to keep trying to improve our service. We’d love to hear ideas from you, whether you’ve been before or not. We exist primarily for local residents and we need you to keep us going so feel free to get in touch at or 07891 47463.

You can get tickets the usual way from the Folk Hall or online from our website and now on Facebook too!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sam and the team!

We’re going La-la for Gosling and Stone!

Film at the Folk Hall will be back with you in September with an incredible season of films starting with the hugely popular ‘La La Land’.

Click to watch the La La Land trailer!

It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as Sebastian and Mia, lovebirds drawn together by their desire to do what they love but faced with tough choices about their relationship. It’s a unique look at the way careers can get in the way of matters of the heart as well a dreamy romantic romp through Los Angeles with catchy songs and beautiful cinematography. Gosling even learned to play the piano from scratch in order to make sure he could do the musical scenes himself! It broke box office and awards records winning 7 golden globes and an endless array of other accolades! If you haven’t seen it then you need to, if you have then surely, it’s time you saw it again?

Following ‘La La Land’ (12a) we will have ‘Psycho’ (15) in October, ‘Dirty Dancing’ (12) in November and ‘Elf’ (PG) in December! Pick up a new programme and tickets to La La Land from the Folk Hall now! Tickets to our next film also available online from


While I’ve got you, if you have any interesting news or would like to speak to our audience about something important to you then please do get in touch. Part of being a community cinema is having a chance to get together with local people and find out more about each other. On film nights where we don’t already have a guest speaker we would like to open up the floor to members of our community. Whether it’s a big birthday or anniversary or perhaps you belong to a group and would like to share your hobby with us, get in touch to discuss further by calling 07891 497463 or emailing

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Sam and the team!



We’re all going on a summer holiday!

As has become customary here at Film at the Folk Hall HQ, we are taking a hard earned break over August. I am using the time wisely and going to the other side of the world for a few weeks! It’s been an incredible 9 months running our amazing little group but I have found myself run ragged a bit so a much needed break couldn’t have come at a better time.

Tegan Pearce

Thanks to everyone who came along for our ‘Life, Animated’ last night. Having one of our very own volunteers get up before the film to share some of her work and experiences of Autism was really something special. This along with incredible news that a film project she has pitched to channel 4 has just been given the green light! How exciting, well done Tegan!

We are nipping off for a month but don’t worry, we will be back with our new season of films starting in September! I’d like to personally thank everyone who joined us for a film during this season. It’s certainly been an emotional one, but I hope you’ll agree an inspiring one too! All three events (‘Still Alice’, ‘Carol’ and ‘Life, Animated’) have dealt with big issues in our society which we felt we could help shed some light on. We feel very proud to be able to bring such motivating guests to speak to us about their work in our community. If we ever touch on a subject which you’d like more information about or you’d like to make contact with any of our guests please do get in touch. By email on or by phone on 07891 497463. Or you can check out our Local Links page.

In other news we are very excited to announce some new volunteers who have joined us recently taking us up to 13 currently! We have lots of new ideas we will be working on over the next few months so watch this space! We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the New Earswick Resident’s Forum for assisting us in buying our very own laptop, it’s a bobby dazzler and it will be put to great use.

Following our break in August, our next season of films will take us from the musical to the frightful, from the romantic to the hilarious! Starting in September we will be bringing you the magical ‘La La Land’, winner of dozens of awards and starring the enchanting Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, we can’t wait to experience it with our audience! Then in October we have Hitchock’s classic ‘Pyscho’, which is our first ‘Audience Voted’ Film at the Folk Hall. Then in November… wait for it… ‘DIRTY DANCING!’ That’s right, it’s happening, it’s been requested several times by audience members and is an absolute classic so we know it’s going to be a great night. Get practicing your best lift! Finally, kickstart your Christmas with a matinee showing of the brilliant ‘Elf!’ With games and competitions this will definitely be one for the whole family to enjoy. We can barely wait!


Also, please do grab a new programme from the Folk Hall from the end of July and keep track of what we’re up to on

See you soon!

Sam and the team


Bringing us back to ‘Life, Animated’

Before our third and final film of the current season I thought it might be worth putting some facts out there about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For starters, it affects more than 1 in 100 children. Some studies put it as high as 1 in 68. Boys are nearly 5 times more likely to have it than girls and despite some myths, people do not ‘normally’ grow out of it. Estimates are that 700,000 people in the UK have ASD and there is no medical cure or detection for it.

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If, like me, you read some of those facts and realised just how little you knew about something which affects so many of the population, then perhaps our next event is for you. In fact, it is in the hope of raising awareness and shaking off some of the taboo around the subject that we felt it was the right time to show this film at the Folk Hall. Not only that, but also the fact it is a beautiful movie which really showcases the power of film and how it can affect people’s lives.

Screenshot of Owen Suskind from Life, animated. 

In this case the person in question is Owen Suskind who, early in his life, went silent. Growing up in a modern age meant much of his life was caught on camera and Academy Award Winning directer, Roger Ross, seamlessly weaves childhood footage from Owen’s life alongside classic Disney sequences and beautiful new animations. These help to give us a unique glimpse into an autistic boy’s world and the magical role that animated film had in allowing him to become the man he was meant to be.

Screenshot of new animation from Life, animated.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and won the Critics Choice Documentary Award along with a host of other accolades. We are also proud to welcome along Mary Thompson from the City of York Council again who attended during our Still Alice showing in May. Mary will be making sure relevant help and information is available for anyone wanting to find out more.

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We will be starting the evening with a short introduction by one of our very own volunteers, Tegan Pearce to talk to us about her experience of Autism and how it has formed her next film project. We would love to see you along and appreciate you supporting your local community cinema.






Step back to 1950’s New York with us and get swept away with this critically acclaimed, beautifully shot love story.


‘Carol’ is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, ‘The Price of Salt’ and follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair at a time when convention makes things a challenge for them.

We are excited to welcome back Christine Appleton from the Joseph Rowntree L.G.B.T. plus network after she introduced us to their work at our showing of ‘The Danish Girl’ last summer. Christine will be updating us on her work since we last saw her, introducing the film and her network have kindly offered to help us with funding the event.

As a community organisation we want everyone to feel welcome and accepted when they walk through our doors. By inviting various groups and speakers to join us for our events and chatting to our audience, we hope to add an extra level to our events that leaves people talking about more than just the movie! We are also lucky enough to have the beautiful setting of the Folk Hall, a licensed bar and ice cream at the the interval!

We are also taking votes for our Halloween film this year. Pick between four amazing films spanning four amazing decades! ‘Psycho’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Ghostbusters’ or ‘Get Out!’. Email with your selection to be in with a chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to the event on Friday 27th October 2017!Halloween options.jpg

Following this event we will have ‘Life, Animated’ in July. We hope to see you at an event soon!