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About The Occasional Cinema

Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are shown from September to March, with occasional special events and a separate programme of films in the summer at Caban. Members are admitted on a first come first served basis. Children cannot become members themselves, but may attend suitable films if accompanied by an adult.

Films are shown at the Caban, Brynrefail on the second Wednesday of the month and at the Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor on the fourth Thursday and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm.

You must become a member to attend a screening. Membership is available on the door on film nights for a cost of 5 per lifetime: the first film is free, after this film entrance is 3.00. Member's guests may watch a film for 4. Any surplus made is put back into the society for the purpose of showing films and providing for the arts locally. Members are welcomed to play an active part in the running of the society.

Food is usually available from 6.30pm and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (about 10.00 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.  Reservations for a meal are recommended and often essential (several recent films have been fully booked) - Caban 01286 685500, Blue Sky 01248 355444. You can't book for the film only, which is on a first come first served basis. Generally everyone who arrives before 6.45pm and has booked food should get to see the film.

Details of films are available on the website and we send out regular electronic mailings - please enter your email address in the sign-up box at the end of the programme pages on our website or click here.

Until 2005 the usual venue for screenings was Electric Mountain, Llanberis. Since September 2006 screenings have been at Y Caban, Brynrefail (between Llanberis and Llanrug) and from October 2008 films are also being shown in Bangor at the Blue Sky Cafe.

Thanks to all those who continue to support the Occasional Cinema.


Y Caban Brynrefail
Blue Sky Cafe
The Rialto Film Club at Colwyn Bay Theatre
The Real Institute at Betws-y-Coed
The British Federation of Film Societies BFFS
The British Film Institute BFI Southbank London