thanksRegrettably, Calver Children's Cinema has closed.  Due to rising costs it had become unsustainable. Diane and Peter would like to thank everyone who has been part of the Cinema and they hope you have enjoyed it as much as they have.

We thank them for 12 years of entertaining local children and wish them both well.

Calver Children’s Cinema is run by local couple Diane and Peter and is in its 12th Season.

Running from September to March, it shows a different children's film each month. 

An initiative by Derbyshire County Council saw local groups and individuals in rural areas being encouraged to set up film clubs in local halls. Peter and a friend decided to start a film club in Calver. At that time, it showed a range of films with different certifications, aimed at different age groups.

Some years ago, after the sad passing of a young girl from Curbar, the club decided to have a fund raiser for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, raising much needed money for a unit where parents could live while their children were very ill in hospital. This fundraiser took the form of the showing of a children’s film at Calver Cinema Club.

calver village hallThis proved so successful that Diane and Peter decided to find out if local people would welcome a regular children’s cinema. The answer was a resounding YES! and Calver Children’s Cinema was born. The profits from the showings go to local schools and children’s charities and this has raised a great deal of money for local causes over the years.

In the last 8 years, it has grown in popularity.  With an approximately 120 person capacity, it regularly runs with between 50 and 100 viewers and it is becoming advisable to book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Calver Children’s Cinema won a National award for Best Children’s Cinema Club, and the plaque is proudly displayed in the hall - a testament to the time and effort put in by Diana and Peter, and by fellow volunteers Sam and Chris, who help set up the room each month. Sam runs the film itself, being the technical bod of the group!

calver village hall entrance on main streetAs well as the occasional users, Calver Children’s Cinema has a core group of regulars, who attend most shows, coming from as far afield as Walton in Chesterfield to support this brilliant rural venture. People get to know one another and the club is a fun social event. High Peak Radio is also supportive, ensuring that shows are always promoted on its newsdesk.

As well as raising funds for local schools and good causes, Calver Children’s Cinema supports the local Guides Group. 1st Curbar Guides run the refreshment stalls and raffle, raising much needed funds for their troup.

Calver Children’s Cinema runs monthy between September and March in Calver Village Hall. Tickets are £3 for children and adults (under 3s free). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Disabled Facilities
Free Parking


Doors open from 1:30pm. Film starts at 2:30pm

See Events section for details - click here

Show up on the day or book tickets on 01433 631298 (December's film is always booking only).


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Previous Calver Children's Cinema articles

Kicking off Season 8 in style!

The opening of the 8th season of Calver Children's Cinema was a popular event, with not a spare seat in the house.  Andy Kershaw performed an official opening, interviewing Peter and Diane and several of the attendees, for broadcast on Radio Sheffield.

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My Calver Children's Cinema Experience!

the viewing of RioI took my children to see December's film, 'Rio'. I was impressed by the friendly and lively atmosphere.  So different from the main cinemas, the Children's Cinema Club has more of a social - dare I say 'party' - feel to it? With lots of interaction between the adults present and the children playing together before the film starts. It is definitely the place to go for a family friendly experience.

The organisers have clearly spent time thinking how best to make this a friendly group and entertaining for the children and have worked to create a relaxed environment.   The big mats at the front are very appealing to the younger children and sitting there gives them a great view of the film.

The wide range of treats for the children are provided by The Little Shop in Calver and are very reasonably priced.  For the adults - tea, coffee and cake. Bliss!

Letter from Peter & Diane

Santa & Mike Longdon with some Cinema Club regularsr Children's Cinema had a ticket sell out with the visit from Santa at the December film.  We apologise to the people who hadn't booked by December 1st and couldn't get in.  We are now back to pay on the door or reserve your tickets if you wish.

Santa was his usual jolly self, giving out gifts to the children with the help of Julie Hespe.  Mike Longdon, County Councillor Chair of Education & Schools came along to see how popular the cinema was and how it worked and took time during the interval to chat with the children. He also gave out chocolate lollies after the film.

He was able to speak with many of the adults present who run activities for local children, including Amy and Carolyn who run the 1st Curbar Guides. Members of this local troop serve teas, coffees and delicious cakes during the film each month, supporting the cinema and raising much needed funds for the troop.  We would like to thank them for their continued involvement.

We would also like to thank Mike Longdon. He does a lot of work in the community, particularly with schools and children's organisations. We thank him and hope he will come and visit us again.

Thanks also to all those who help out at the cinema, with running it, with the technical side and with the snacks and refreshments.

Diane & Peter


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