The Royal British Legion MediCinema at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey, is the UK's only dedicated cinema for recovering Service personnel.
The 50-seater, 3-D enabled, fully digital, state-of-the-art picture house with plush red seats, a snack bar and a mind-blowing surround-sound system opened in September 2012.
The cinema has been a huge hit with the recovering Service personnel at Headley Court who regularly fill it to capacity to watch the latest blockbusters, sport and television shows.
At the weekends they can bring their families — and it's all free, thanks to the Legion, who provided the upfront cost of £410,000, and the film charity MediCinema, who built and manages it.
Screenings are put on four evenings a week and season of films aimed at those staying at Headley Court is prepared. MediCinema then approach the film distributors and ask them to donate the films for free. Most say yes. During the day, the space is used as a lecture facility and as a venue for events and activities for patients and their families.
“We used to take patients to the local cinemas, but you can imagine the logistics of that - we could only take so many wheelchairs on a bus and we'd have to turn people down. Now we don't have to turn anyone away. It's right here but at the same time you're escaping and going into a normal cinema.”Captain Dean Shenton
Cuban Fury with Nick Frost
A screening of the film Cuban Fury was personally introduced by Nick Frost and Richard Marcel, the choreographer for the film who held an exclusive Salsa class for patients. They had a wonderful day, and really enjoyed the full film experience.
Carry On Again Doctor with Barbara Windsor
To coincide with screening Carry on Again Doctor a mini quiz was held. Barbara Windsor made a special guest appearance and spoke to patients before the screening started. Barbara shared her personal experiences on the Carry On movies which was greatly appreciated by patients.