Welcome to the Film Loughton Website. Film Loughton has its roots in the strong wish of many Loughton residents to see cinema return to Loughton after an absence of nearly 50 years.
The town’s only cinema, the “Century” closed its doors in 1963. A modest, single screen cinema, its demise was predictable in the economic environment of the time, when television was enticing many former cinema goers to stay at home.
The Loughton “Century” was one of many cinemas in the local area to close during this period and a number of fine cinemas in the art deco style closed, one of the last being the Walthamstow Granada, which still stands but in a sorry state. By the mid seventies only the South Woodford “Majestic” remained, albeit renamed “Odeon” to provide the required level of dull commercial uniformity so beloved by large corporations.
However, in recent years there has been a strong growth in community cinema, where small groups of like minded enthusiasts have joined together to promote the screening of films in church halls, private clubs and other suitable premises. In 2010 Loughton Town Council and Epping Forest Council promoted a screening of “An Education” and from that initiative Film Loughton, at first known as Loughton Film Society, grew. Film Loughton is entirely run and supported by volunteers and we have provided the first regular screenings of films in the Loughton area since the closure of the “Century” over fifty years ago.
We use two very central and convenient venues to show films, Lopping Hall in the High Road and Loughton Club in Old Station Road, which are both licensed and we screen films to a high level of technical quality in a friendly, cafe style environment. We show a rich mixture of films, many of which have received only limited general release, including the best of British drama as well more exotic but very enjoyable films, such as French comedies. We select films by prior consultation with audiences and use trailers shown at screenings to judge likely support.
With your support, we aim to continue our monthly screenings and develop our role in the community.
Why not join us and help to ensure the future of Film Loughton? Of course we would be delighted to see you at a screening in the near future, but becoming a member at the very modest annual fee of £10 will provide you with discounts on ticket prices and periodic newsletters to keep you up to date with future screenings. Details of how to join are on the website.