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Season 94

Next film : Day for Night starts at 7.30pm on 21st September


Welcome to
season 94


Altrincham Little Theatre


21st September 2024 – 7th June 2025

Welcome to our 94th Season, presenting an eclectic mix of films both classic and new for your enjoyment. Our titles include award winners from around the world. We are delighted this season to show our full programme of films on the Big Screen at the wonderful Little Theatre.

Our aim is to share a special film experience with you. Film notes are available to members for each show, together with occasional introductions by guest speakers. We also like to emphasise the social side of the society for those who enjoy friendly discussions in the cosy Little Theatre bar. Members can also provide film feedback and vote for films for the next season.

We are keen to promote different film opportunities and social events whenever possible. More information about events will be provided to members during the season.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by dedicated volunteers who have a wide variety of interests in film.  We have the longest continuous history in the film society movement in the country so you are in reliable hands. We are also committed to the future and to giving you a very warm welcome and a different but special night out.

It’s easy to join us as a member or guest. We look forward to meeting you soon at our next show at the Little Theatre in Altrincham.

What's on 2024/25

21st September // Day for Night


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About us

We like to think that a visit to us is much more than a trip to a soul-less multiplex. We encourage our members and guests to enjoy the whole night out with a drink in the bar and maybe discuss the film or just meet their friends.

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The Film Society

Manchester & Salford Film Society was established in 1930 and is the longest running film society in Britain, and a founder member of the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All). The society screens the best of contemporary world cinema and classic movies, on Saturday evenings throughout the year, at the Altrincham Little Theatre.

We have excellent facilities, now updated to 21C Digital Standard with a large projection screen. But the Film Society is more than somewhere to watch movies. It’s a friendly, welcoming club where members socialise and meet friends. All the films are chosen by our members.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the society is entirely run by a team of dedicated volunteers whose love for film is the life-blood of the society.

Our president

Marjorie Ainsworth, our president, has been a member of our society for eight decades. On first joining at seventeen she comments:

‘I was completely hooked from the first film I saw. I think it was being with a crowd of people. It’s a communal thing’.




Equality and Diversity

Manchester & Salford Film Society is very keen to support all aspects of equality and diversity.



In the Society’s earliest days it was thought that its purpose was “to cater for those who are dissatisfied with the average productions of the commercial cinema, with their shallowness and divorce from reality, and to offer in their stead films more closely in sympathy with the life and thought of this age.”

Some 93 years later, we hold to their words, showing thought-provoking cinema, seldom shown at the multiplex.

Click here for A Short History of the Society in 9 Objects.

Join us

Our annual membership fee covers entry to all 10 films shown during the season.

For more information about becoming a member, contact us by phone or email (details below). You can also join us on your first film visit by paying by cash / cheque or card at the box office at the Little Theatre in Altrincham, WA14 2ED

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

*Please note that all our shows start at 7:30pm.

For further details of other events at the Altrincham Little Theatre click here.

Doors for the Manchester and Salford Film Society events open 30 minutes before the screening.

The bar is open before and after the film.

PDFs of our brochure for the current season can be found here and here.