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.

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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”.


NT Live: Yerma

Thursday 31st August   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   120 min.

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.  Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

This unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” (The Times) and “stunning, searing, unmissable” (Mail on Sunday).  Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as “spellbinding” (The Evening Standard), “astonishing” (iNews) and “devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

★★★★★ “A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic” The Independent
★★★★★ “Brutal yet ferociously funny” Metro
★★★★★ “Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca” The Observer

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments.  Please note that this broadcast will not have an interval.
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Contains strobe lighting effects

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Thursday 7th September   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 15   111 min

Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

Director: Barry Jenkins

One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016, winning three Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Moonlight is an enormously affecting and emotionally shattering portrait of one man’s search for self-discovery.

A timeless story of the search for companionship, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man named Chiron as he grows up gay in a rough Miami neighbourhood.  From shy child to awkward adolescent to hardened adult, we follow Chiron’s journey through life as he struggles to figure out his place in the world, aided and abetted by his junkie mother, drug dealer mentor and best friend Kevin.

★★★★★ “The combination of artistry and emotional directness in this film is overwhelming” The Guardian
★★★★★ “A luminous coming-of-age heartbreaker ... an honest-to-goodness cinematic landmark” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “This film is, without a doubt, the reason we go to the movies” Time Out

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments
To be screened with subtitles

Contains strong language, sex, sex references, drugs misuse

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Deepwater Horizon

Thursday 14th September   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   107 min

Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich

Director: Peter Berg

The Gulf of Mexico, April 2010.  When the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon explodes and creates the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a heroic story of survival and sacrifice unfolds.

Mike Williams (Wahlberg) is a devoted family man who’s leaving to work on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.  But when the rig explodes, he finds himself in a fight for his life.  A massive build-up in pressure in one of the drill pipes causes a catastrophic explosion, devastating the rig.  As a desperate attempt to evacuate everyone begins, the worst consequences of the accident are still to come.

★★★★ “A terrifically tense and exciting real-life disaster movie ... nail-biting stuff” The Guardian
★★★★ “A great testament to extraordinary courage and the heroism of ordinary men” Empire
★★★★ “The bruisingly real disaster movie these heroes deserve” The Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate threat, occasional gory moments, infrequent strong language

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Sofia Coppola's La Traviata

Sunday 24th September   4.00 pm

Captured live at Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
Cert. 12A   140 min.

Francesca Dotto, Antonio Poli, Roberto Frontali, Anna Malavasi

Director: Sofia Coppola

American film-maker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino Garavani combine their talents to create one of the most ambitious productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera to date.

Coppola brings new life into Verdi’s 1853 opera that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak.  Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous.  However, she’s suffering from a serious illness and living on the money given to her by her male patrons.  She meets and falls in love with Alfredo Germont, a young man from a good family, but tragic circumstances mean they’re torn apart...

Coppola joined this production of La Traviata when Valentino personally invited her to direct.  It has already become one of the most successful revivals of the story, immediately selling out its 15-performance run in Rome.  Now this elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen, captured live with over 100 microphones.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 3.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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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.

★★★★ “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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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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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.

All seats are £10 each.

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

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and Coming Later...

Hell Freezes Over: The Eagles in concert (2nd November)
After the band’s breakup in 1980, Don Henley famously said that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over”. Thirteen years later, they decided to reunite and this was their first live performance.  Cert. exempt

Loving Vincent (9th November)
A film about the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh.  Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.  Cert. 12A (TBC)

NT Live: Young Marx (7th December)
A new comedy about the 19th century revolutionary Karl Heinrich Marx, from the creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors.  Cert. 12A

NT Live: Julius Caesar (22nd March 2018)
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.  Cert. 12A

Baby Driver
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.  Cert. 15

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

Beauty and the Beast
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