Aylsham Picture house featured on BBC Radio Norfolk

Listen to today’s interview with Paul Vater on the popularity of film in the UK and in particular a focus on local cinema’s like ours.

There was also mention of our education project working in partnership with St Michaels, Aylsham High School and Norwich University for the Arts (NUA). More details of this project will be published soon. We hope you will get involved with this as much as possible.

Listen to programme from 8:51

BBC RADIO NORFOLK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_norfolk


We have received 97% approval votes for our last film from an audience vote on the night. A near full house enjoyed cocktails delivered by our returning friends “THE MIXOLOGISTS” who gave us delicious cocktails throughout the evening with dreamy drinks named “The Red Army” and “Bolshevik Bullet””Dr Zhivago” and “Larochka Twinkle”

Here are a selection of pictures taken by Lorna Townsend (our front of house supremo) – our audience enjoying this delightful evening

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Owls and other raptors on show at our screening of The Eagle Huntress

We were delighted to welcome Simon and his team from Norfolk Wild Encounters to the screening of The Eagle Huntress. Our audience enjoyed meeting them and their owls, hawks and other birds of prey.

NWE is a Norfolk based friends and family organisation offering raptors for local shows and events. They offer a home and rescue raptors at their local sanctuary.

Click here for more about Norfolk Wild Encounters

Our new season of films

We are pleased to announce the launch of Season Five (September 2017 to February 2018)

Join us in Aylsham’s Town Hall for films voted for by our audience as well as our first live-recorded theatrical performance in December. From the sweeping Mongolian Steppes to the passionate musical West Side Story – November’s film classic comes with two intervals with cocktails from the Mixologists. Witness the lives of East Germans terrorised by their own secret police in October and discover the story of three African American women written out of the history of America’s space agency NASA … until now.


Setting the scene

We are thrilled that we are due to screen the award-winning film from Iceland on Frdiay 20 January. Tony Escritt, Aylsham resident and long-time traveller to Iceland gives us an insight into the background to this wonderful film. Tony will also be giving a short introduction before the film starts.

In the mid-1900’s two farmers, Gummi (Guðmundur) and Kiddi (Kristján) fell out over a lady in a big way never to speak to one another for 40 years. That this was possible stemmed from the fact that since Viking times the farmers built their newer farm close by the old one without attempting to demolish the first one. In this way the older houses became barns until replaced by more modern ones. This especially applied to the more remote farms in the north-east of Iceland.

As with Norfolk farms the livestock are prize possessions often exhibited at shows. We all recall the devastating impact of CJD (Mad Cow Disease) on our livestock; imagine the impact on a small farm at the head of a remote valley in north Iceland where the snows linger longer than down south. The scene is set.

Here are some of Tony’s personal shots of his recent visits to Iceland. For more about Tony’s work in Iceland click here

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FILM CLASSIC : The Misfits

This classic film, starring Monroe, Gable and Clift – is to be screened  this Friday 24 June in Aylsham’s Town Hall presented by Aylshan Picture House. The Bar will be open from 6.30pm when the doors will open, with the main feature starting at 7.30pm.

All tickets are £5 and can be bought from Barnwell’s Newsagent in advance with some available on the door, subject to availability.

“… swansong for Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable .. emotionally potent as ever” The Daily Telegraph

This will also be the last chance for you to vote for your favourite film to be screened in our next season. Here are the leading choices:

The Lady in the Van
The Piano
Little Miss Sunshine
West Side Story
The Theory of Everything
Bridge of Spies
Secrets and Lies

You can see more information and trailers for all our film suggestions here: http://www.aylshampicturehouse.com/current-programme/which-film/