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Richmond Film Society


Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened nearly 800 films. Our objective was, and remains, to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. 


Our seasons run from September to June and our current season (our 56th) is projected to attract an aggregate audience of over 4,000 attendees. Our success in achieving a near doubling in attendances last season was recognised at the ‘Film Society of the Year Awards’ in September 2018, where we were Highly Commended in the ‘Marketing and Publicity category’. This growth has continued unabated and, indeed, has accelerated in the current Season 56.


Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.



See  http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk for full details of the programme.



Our Venue


Since January 2018, we have screened all our films at The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre, lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café. On screening nights, the bar is open from 7.00pm, as well after the film, drinks can be taken into auditorium and tea, coffee and snacks are also available. Screenings start at 8:00pm sharp, with no trailers or advertisements.



The Exchange is directly opposite Twickenham station, which is served by trains to and from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Kingston and Reading. Bus routes 110, 267 and 281 stop outside The Exchange, the 290 stops in Arragon Road and the 33, 490, H22, R68  and R70 all stop in central Twickenham, which is a 5 minute walk away.  



There is no onsite parking at The Exchange and no public parking on the Brewery Wharf Estate. There is, however, free car parking nearby at: (i) Waitrose Arragon Road multi-storey car park from 6:00pm to midnight; and (ii) Holly Road car park from 6:30pm.  



Season 57 Membership - 10 September 2019 to 16 June 2020


Season 56 membership was closed earlier this year owing to a sharp increase in membership and attendances, although non-member tickets have remained available for all films (see below).

The Committee have now finalised plans for next Season - our 57th - which will  commence on 10 September 2019.


Cost


For the current Season 56, membership subscriptions were reduced last year by a third to £40 - a return to the 1998 fee. For the forthcoming Season 57, the membership fee will be held at £40. The Season will also include two extra films in May and the Twickenham Festival Film in June, so that the cost of the 19-film programme is the equivalent of £2.11 per film.


For full time students, membership will continue to be offered at the concessionary rate of £25 for the season.  


Members’ Priority Period for Renewal - until 30 June 2019


Having regard to The Exchange’s 285-seat capacity, there is a cap on membership at 230.


Membership renewal for Season 57 is now open to existing members, who have a priority window to renew until 30 June. Thereafter, Membership will be opened up to those on our membership waiting list. 


Existing members should please complete the Subscription Renewal Form on our website and hand it, together with your remittance, to Sally or Sara on the ticket desk or to any other committee member. Regrettably, the Society is unable to accept credit card and contactless payments. Alternatively, please send the form and a cheque to: Sally Maynard, 89 Third Cross Road, Twickenham, TW2 5DY - tel. 020 8893 3503. Membership cards will be sent out in late summer 


Join The Membership Waiting List 


Any non-members who wish to join the membership waiting list should also please fill in the same form on our website, ticking the relevant box. After 30th June, we shall contact you and, assuming that the cap has not been reached, you will then have until 31st July to join before we open up membership to all from 1 August.


Should membership be closed, there will always be a number of tickets available to purchase for individual screenings.


Hard copies of the Subscription Renewal Form will be available at all our forthcoming screenings, including a provisional list of the 30 films from which next Season’s 19 will be chosen.



Non-Member Tickets



Non-member tickets are £5 (full-time students £3). Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office – in person, by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events/ - or, alternatively, on the night (cash only).



The number of non-member tickets available via The Exchange’s Box Office is currently capped at 60 per film in order to enable the Committee to determine how many tickets should be available for sale on the door at any given screening. Cash sales on the night will, therefore, also be limited and, to be guaranteed a ticket, we recommend early advance booking via The Exchange.


Extension to Season 56 


The current season is to be extended by four additional films in May and June 2019: 



14 May - '120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)' (France 2017)


21 May (TBC) - 'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years’ (USA/UK 2016), as part of The Exchange's 'Beatles in Twickenham' events


28 May - 'Glory' (Bulgaria 2016)


11 June - 'The Old Man and The Gun' (USA 2018)



As in Season 55, admission to all four additional films will be free to RFS members.



Further Information



For further information about RFS, our current season of films and membership for Season 57, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk 



You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film



All are very welcome, so do please come along and join us at The Exchange.

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