Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

The Village Picture House

Welcome to the Village Picture House at Cuddington, screening a diverse range of films from current blockbusters to classic movies of the past, along with Live and Encore presentations from the National Theatre.  All in high definition and in high fidelity, multi-channel surround sound.

Buy tickets from Cuddington Stores (cash only, please), or book now and pay online by credit card or PayPal.  We operate a ticketless system online: no tickets are sent out either by post or email.  On the day, we have a list of all those who have bought tickets online, so we shall know that you have bought seats.  Online bookings close approximately two hours before the start of the show.

All events are screened at the Bernard Hall, Upper Church Street, Cuddington  HP18 0AP.  Please note that car parking outside the Hall is very limited.

Our grateful thanks to AVDC Community Chest, a partnership with Vale of Aylesbury Housing, which provided nearly half the funding for this project.

To contact us, email cinema@cuddingtonvillage.com

For details of National Theatre Live events, email ntlive@nationaltheatre.org.uk

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New Induction Loop System

We are delighted to announce that we have now installed an induction loop system in the Hall, for use during all our films, NT Live plays and other productions.

Most hearing aids are able to receive the signal from our new amplifier, which will “broadcast” the centre audio channel (which carries the actors’ speech) from our films and stage plays.  To pick up the signal, switch your hearing aid to “T” or “Telecoil”.

 

Their Finest

Thursday 28th September   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   117 min

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Paul Ritter

Director: Lone Scherfig

The year is 1940.  At the height of the Blitz, the War Ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home.  Realising their films could use “a woman’s touch”, the Ministry hires Catrin Cole (Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue.

Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Claflin).  Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy).  As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colourful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

★★★★★ “There are some films that hit you right in the heart.  Their Finest is one of them” The Mail on Sunday
★★★★ “You’d need a heart of stone and a funny bone of porridge not to enjoy this sweet-natured and eminently lovable British film” The Guardian
★★★★ “The kind of handsome, rousing, rigorous entertainment you can’t help but play along with” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy shine in a celebration of the golden age of British cinema” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex, injury detail

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NT Live: Hamlet

Thursday 5th October   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Encore presentation
2015   Cert. 12A   205 min.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.  Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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Hidden Figures

Thursday 19th October   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. PG   127 min

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Director: Theodore Melfi

Hidden Figures is the inspiring true story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, three African-American women who played a pivotal role in the birth of NASA’s space programme.

NASA are putting a man on top of a missile and shooting it into space: they’ve never done it before and it’s incredibly dangerous.  They need the best mathematicians and engineers they can find, which gives these three women a long-overdue chance to prove their value.

★★★★ “This biopic of the scientists behind John Glenn’s space flight is irresistibly uplifting” The Guardian
★★★★ “A space-race segregation drama full of star power” The Telegraph
★★★★ “A moving, important and furiously upbeat tale for our times” Empire
★★★★ “Captures all the grit, grace and brilliance of its three female protagonists” Radio Times

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains a discrimination theme, mild bad language

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Hell Freezes Over: The Eagles in Concert

Thursday 2nd November   8.00 pm

1994   Cert. exempt   95 min

Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit

After the band’s breakup in 1980, Don Henley famously said that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over”.  But time, as the old saying goes, can heal all wounds and, thirteen years later, the unimaginable happened and the band decided to reunite.

Their first public appearance was in April 1994, for an MTV special.  The performance was recorded live in front of an audience at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.  Songs include Tequila Sunrise, New York Minute, The Last Resort, Take It Easy and a superb new arrangement of Hotel California with an extended acoustic guitar and percussion opening.

A superlative surround-sound recording, outstanding musicianship and top notch vocals from Don Henley et al. make this a concert not to be missed.

“Far better than anyone but their accountants had a right to expect” Rolling Stone
“An exhilarating blend of high-fidelity multi-channel recording and excellent musical performances” SoundStage!

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

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Loving Vincent

Thursday 9th November   8.00 pm

2017   Cert. 12A   97 min

Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent explores Vincent van Gogh’s life and work by bringing to life some of his most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

Armand Roulin (Booth) – a regular model for the artist’s portraits – becomes obsessed with van Gogh’s death, caused by a bullet wound to the stomach.  Was it an accident?  Was it suicide?  Loving Vincent sets out to explore one of art’s great mysteries.

More than two years in the making, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully-painted feature film.  Every one of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by a team of more than 100 painters using the same technique as van Gogh.

“Astonishing” The Independent
“I’ve not experienced anything like it before” The Telegraph
“A one-of-a-kind work of art” Variety

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains suicide theme, infrequent moderate sex, injury detail

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NT Live: Follies

Thursday 16th November   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   210 min.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is to be staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

New York, 1971.  There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.  Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

★★★★★ “Unmissable.  Razzmatazz, poignancy and cracking songs” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner” The Guardian
★★★★★ “Triumphant.  Produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together” Sunday Times
★★★★★ “Stunning.  An extraordinary cast” Time Out

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: Young Marx

Thursday 7th December   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   220 min.

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx, and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.  Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho.  Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures.  His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius... his only hope is a job on the railway.  But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Contains strong language, sexual references and violence

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NT Live: Julius Caesar

Thursday 22nd March   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 12A   180 min.

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job)plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony.  Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate.  Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down.  After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

 

and Coming Later...

 
Baby Driver (30th November)
Getaway driver Baby is the best in the business and can get out of any jam.  He wants to escape his life of crime and bring the girl of his dreams with him, but his boss forces him to take one last job that could cost him everything.  Cert. 15

What We Did on Our Holiday (14th December)
Doug and Abi take their three children on a family holiday.  Surrounded by relatives, it soon becomes clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability...  Cert. 12A

Beauty and the Beast (5pm 30th December)
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson star in this live-action remake of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.  Cert. PG

The Lion in Winter (11th January 2018)
1183 AD: King Henry II’s three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won’t commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins star.  Cert. 12A

Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan brings his vision to the story of the evacuation from Dunkirk, one of the defining events of the 20th Century.  Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance star.  Cert. 12A

Victoria & Abdul
Judy Dench stars as Queen Victoria, who forms an unlikely and devoted alliance with a young Indian clerk named Abdul.  Cert. PG