Film lovers assemble: 75 years of Bedford Film Society


If you’re searching for a place to see films that don’t usually get an outing at the local multiplexes and want to meet with like-minded movie lovers, then Bedford Film Society is the place for you.

Established in 1949 (it’s their 75th anniversary next season), it aims to offer the people of Bedford the chance to see films from the UK and around the world, screened weekly in the 200-seat auditorium at the University of Bedfordshire on Polhill Avenue.

Each season runs from October to April, showing around 20 films selected by the Society’s members.

“The choices are all critically acclaimed, some you’ve heard of, some you haven’t,” said Bedford Film Society’s Thom McKiernan. “They’re all accessible – not too arty and everyone is welcome to come along.”

Each season’s films cover all genres, from art-house to horror, coming-of-age dramas to comedies.

“We only show one ‘classic’ film per year,” said Thom. “It’s always the last film of the season and this year, it’s Cinema Paradiso (15 April 2024).”

Cinema Paradiso

Membership of the society is £69 per year or you can ‘pay as you go’ for £5 per screening. Just turn up with cash and pay on the door or book in advance via eventbrite.

“We’d love to welcome new members this season,” said Thom. “Everyone’s welcome, so please bring your friends and either join up or just come along.”

After the Christmas break, Bedford Film Society returns on 29 January with its first film of 2024. You can find the complete programme for the rest of the season on their website at and each week’s screening is featured in the Bedford Clanger’s What’s On Guide, published online every Thursday.

Bedford Film Society screenings take place on Mondays at the University of Bedfordshire at 7.30pm. There is plenty of car parking available 

This article is featured in the January 2024 issue of the Bedford Clanger.
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