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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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/

The Misfits come to Aylsham, June 24


Starring Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter.

Our Next presentation at Aylsham Town Hall is the golden oldie and film classic “The Misfits” starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

This is a newly remastered version of The Misfits – a classic Western, (or anti Western) with cowboys in pick-trucks, scratching a living doing odd jobs, and rounding up “misfit” wild horses. Breathtaking cinematography and powerful performances all round – not to be missed!

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

Gay (Gable) meets Roslyn (Monroe), who has left her successful businessman husband in search of a meaningful relationship with someone who can relate to her idealistic notions. They hook up, and the cowboys and Monroe continue their pursuit of dead-end jobs throughout the west with Roslyn acting as their earth mother conscience, whist Miller explores the ennui of their listless characters. The mustang round up at the end of the film provides a symbolic conclusion.

The film became notable for being the last of Gable’s career (he died before it was released), Monroe’s difficulties with drugs during filming, and both she and Clift were to die within a few years if its completion.


Directed by John Huston and written by Arthur Miller, 124 minutes. 1961.

All tickets are £5 and available from Branwell’s newsagent in the Market Place, Aylsham

Moxy Garbanzo play on 22 April

Moxy Garbanzo (Funky Eclectic Eastern Folk)

Andy Kirkham – voice, guitar

Writer and arranger of many of the band’s tunes Andy works as a solo singer/songwriter playing eastern folk, African tunes and original pieces. He has collaborated with Hugh Stanners in the Eastern European influenced band Klunk.

He also performs as a classical guitarist and in the trio Eastern Straynotes playing jazz from the 30s & 40s.

Hugh Stanners – accordion, flugelhorn

Hugh has played in bands since he was knee high to a grasshopper and has played with various outfits covering a variety of styles including World and Roots music, Jazz and Americana. During this time he studied Music at the Royal Academy and at Kingston University with Andy Kirkham.

After playing trumpet/flugel, piano and keyboards Hugh took up accordion. He has since collaborated with Andy Kirkham and others on Eastern European influenced projects, including the popular Klunk and Pinky Umbrella, leading to the current Moxy Garbanzo extravaganza. Hugh also plays with the popular local combo, The Vagaband