The Venues

During the Roald Dahl on Film Season, venues across Wales, the UK and Europe put on many far from average events, which included everything from Scratch ‘n Sniff screenings of Matilda to celebrate the film’s 20th year anniversary and chocolate tasting classes, to Q&A sessions with original cast members and animation workshops for the whole family. The season also catered to adult audiences, with films such as Night Digger and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which captivated us when we really should have been in bed.


Roald Dahl on Film Interactive Map

Each pin in the map below represents one of the fantastic venues involved in Roald Dahl on Film. To find out more about what was on offer at a particular venue, click on an Oompa Loompa!


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Arts Alive: Flicks in the Sticks hosted four screenings during Roald Dahl on Film Season for audiences in rural and under-served areas of Mid-Wales, the South West and the borders.  These were planned for the grown-ups, serving community audiences, although both Hitchcock and classic family titles were on offer.  Their outdoor screening in Whitchurch was particularly successful; they worked with two local organisations, Blackberry Fair and Whitchurch Allotments, bringing a storyteller and peaches and cream to make it extra special for their guests.




"It was a great pleasure to offer low-cost, participatory, creative activities for families over the summer holidays."  - Broadway

Broadway in Nottingham offered six screenings from the Roald Dahl on Film catalogue over August and September 2016. These were accompanied by four workshops inspired by Roald Dahl's work.  Two drawing and making workshops were held following The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by an experienced artist whom Broadway worked with on the ICO's release of The Big Knights.  Two digital animation workshops followed James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr Fox, led by lecturers in animation from Nottingham Trent University.  The workshops were suitable for ages 5-12 and the animation workshops were suitable for absolute beginners.



Film Hub Wales and Chapter led the UK-Wide celebration of Roald Dahl on Film.  Based in Cardiff, Chapter kicked off the school summer holidays with The BFG.  Before the screening, they treated attendees to a wonderful pop-up photo studio, compete with handmade backdrops and vintage and hand-crafter props, supplied by Guest Who.  Chapter went on to run a retrospective of all the screen-based material across the season, from July to September, together with a venue wide campaign of engagement activities, in-house decoration and cafe bar tie-ins.  These screenings included Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda which launched at Chapter with audiences across a full weekend, and a return screening for Roald Dahl's birthday.  Chapter also hosted a week-long Stinky Flicks workshop with 12 young people who produced and performed an immersive screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, creating props, fancy dress costumes and selecting smells.  Audience Feedback:  "It was incredible!", "I really love the diversity of the Dahl Season."  "Wonderful atmosphere."  "Really enjoyed, please do more of these!"




Cinemagic delivered 4 extremely successful film events in Belfast's Queen's Theatre, The Ulster Museum and Strand Cinema from July to September 2016, engaging with young people and the family audience.  Special events included a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Veruca Salt Actress Julie Dawn Cole, Matilda Scratch 'N Sniff, James and the Giant Peach with an animal and plant life workshop and The Witches with a storyboarding workshop.  They attracted much interest and media coverage and helped bring to life Roald Dahl on Film to new audience, allowing them to use the film as the vehicle to raise awareness of Roald Dahl's work.  Young people were also given the opportunity to create a short film inspired by Roald Dahl's work and storytelling entitled "The Great Homework War" and this was screened twice for public audiences over the course of the season.  





Cardiff's Darkened Rooms screened Fantastic Mr Fox alongside Moonrise Kingdomanother Wes Anderson film said to be inspired by Roald Dahl's storytelling magic.  The screenings were held at the Norwegian Church were Roald Dahl was baptised.  The screenings were almost entirely sold out (with a waiting list for Moonrise Kingdom) and attracted audience members over a wide age range.  The venue was imaginatively decorated with figures and illustrations from the films.  They played The Carnival of the Animals and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and a portable record player before the features and gave "Khaki Scout" badges to everyone attending Moonrise Kingdom.





Roald Dahl films formed the bulk of Filmhouse's summer programme for families, with a theatrical run of The BFG and weekly screenings of other Dahl titles in the Filmhouse Junior programme.  Within this, the Scratch 'n' Sniff Matilda screenings were a notable success.  Once schools returned for the Autumn term, they worked with Into Film to host two screenings of Fantastic Mr Fox as part of a Scots language event.  The screening of the feature film was preceded by a reading from Sleekit Mr Tod by the Scots Scriever (Filmhouse) and Doric speaker (Belmont) and followed by brief exercises in Scots/Doric.

Audience Feedback:  "Great fun, great venue!"  "The film was fabulous."  "Roald Dahl rocks!"




HOME, Manchester's new leading cultural centre, delivered a programme for adults with the nostalgia-heavy screening of Tales of the Unexpected, and for family audiences with Scratch 'n Sniff of Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Home also screened The BFG and arranged additional activities to accompany these screenings, including a Drop-in Roald Dahl Book Corner in collaboration with Manchester Central Library and four Storytelling Workshops.

"A lovely experience!" - Audience Member, James and the Giant Peach, 5th August 2016





Llancarfan Village Hall was transformed into a chocolate factory, bringing the tastes and sensations of Willy Wonka to life with homemade props which included a chocolate fountain.  This special sell-out performance also helped to raise money for The Cerys Potter Foundation (through a raffle and concession sales) and members attended in fancy dress.  The venue emphasised the importance of events like this to small, rural communities, "Very few of our audience had seen it on the big screen. For many of our youngest audience members. it was completely unknown and provided a very different family viewing experience to contemporary films aimed at this audience."

"What a joy to see the children enjoy a day they will long remember."  - Llancarfan's oldest audience member




mac birmingham screened 5 films over 4 months and was successful in engaging many children, young people, unemployed people and senior citizens.  Events included a free off-site screening of Matilda at the beautiful Highbury Hall, which was preceded by a visual arts workshop which saw many families creating new pieces of art work in response to the themes of the film (working with poet Dreadlock Alien).  They also ran a relaxed screening of Fantastic Mr Fox and Willy Wonka for families with children on the autistic spectrum.






Macroberts Arts Centre at the University of Stirling have organised an array of storytelling sessions inspired by Roald Dahl's classic books George's Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes, and the films themselves of course!






Based at Lancaster Library, Metamorphosis Open Cinema will be running workshops from late July into August. They'll transform the community cinema space into a place where children and grown-ups can re-discover the books together before watching the films inspired by them. The season culminates in the city-wide Dahlicious Dress-up Day, raising money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children’s Charity.





Visit the Paget Rooms for a fun filled day of Roald Dahl-inspired cinema screenings and interactive activities at the historic theatre. Immersive yourself in the magical library, secret chocolate factory and a fox-inspired storytelling den.






Nineteen Picturehouse Cinemas all across the UK accompany their school and kids' club screenings with animal fancy dress, flipbook making, Scratch 'n Sniff and study days exploring Roald Dahl's influence on film.







Showroom, Sheffield’s much-loved independent cinema, housed in a former car showroom, presents a summer season of Roald Dahl films, screening a film every day though the school holidays and adult titles across the autumn.






Storyhouse - formerly Chester Performs, is an award-winning production house and cultural centre in Chester. As part of their open-air cinema season, Moonlight Flicks, there are exceptional outdoor screenings of Roald Dahl on Film coming up at three amazing locations:Castle Park;Frodsham,Chester Roman Gardens and Ashton Park; West Kirby. 





TAPE Community Music & Film: The Coastline Film Festival 2016 bring their blow-up air-screen to present the magic of Matilda at Ysgol Bryn Elian and Fantastic Mr Fox at Myn Y Don, with close-up magicians and extra fun and games.






The Dukes - This 45-year-old independent cinema will run a season of Roald Dahl on Film screenings and children’s activities during August, linking in with Lancashire Reading challenge run by the Creative Learning Department.






They Eat Culture are working on a programme of events across the city with local partners, including outdoor movie screenings, short films,  workshops, tie in events, and films programmed by their Young Programmers group.






Watermark, Ivybridge -  Choose from a full programme of Alfred Hitchcock, Devon summer reading challenge and an unexpected evening filled with a choir and murder mystery.







Watershed Bristol’s leading independent cinema will have family-friendly Dahl screenings throughout the summer holidays, family-focused activities, young peoples’ programming and editorial facilitated by award-winning youth culture magazine Rife.







Wicked Wales:16: Wales International Youth Film Festival: The all new international youth festival taking place in Rhyl launches with a wonderful celebration of Roald Dahl! Not only will there be atmospheric screenings of Matilda and The BFG at Bodelwyddan Castle but young programming groups will be making extra special selections for the Rhyl Little Theatre in North Wales.





Other venues taking part in the project



One of the UK's last surviving video and DVD rental shops, 20th Century Flicks is a haven for film lovers. They're screening several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents written by Roald Dahl in their small cinema area.







The Acorn is the southernmost voyage for Roald Dahl on Film and Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda, all the way down in Penzance, Cornwall.






The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy is a community-owned space on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, and they're screening the Alfred Hitchcock Shorts written by Roald Dahl, as well as showcasing Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda.





Scratch 'n Sniff cinema has a sell out show in Blue Door Cinema in Great Missenden, the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived for the latter part of his life, and where the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is based.





Bristol's Cube Cinema is one of the most fiercely independent, leftfield cinemas anywhere - Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda was right up their street.






Curzon Community Cinema is a purpose built cinema that dates back to 1912. It had a great mini Roald Dahl season with James and the Giant Peach, Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda and even the rarely-seen 2015 TV production of Esio Trot featuring Dustin Hoffman.






Dunoon Film Festival brings a "kino-ceilidh" of movies, music and guests at the town's historic Burgh Hall, where Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda joins the other on-screen entertainment.





Empire Cinemas got involved with the fun of the Roald Dahl on Film season, screening Fantastic Mr Fox and James & The Giant Peach all over the UK alongside new release The BFG. Check out Empire Cinema's guide to cinema etiquette for human beans - no whizzpopping!




Falkirk Community Trust organised a Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda experience in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema, the Hippodrome at Bo'ness.




Birmingham's vibrant Flatpack Festival organised a run of pop-up Dahl screenings at Sandwell libraries during the holidays.








Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda was shown at Glasgow Film Theatre to celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday.





Theatr Gwaun, a cinema since the 1920s in the historic West Wales town of Fishguard, ran a week of Roald Dahl films for schools during the day and off-duty kids in the evenings. The town's Roald Dahl celebrations culminated in a sold-out Fictional Food Festival - a taste trail around Fishguard and neighbouring Goodwick with Roald Dahl inspired recipes along the way.







On the beautiful Cambrian coastline of Wales, The Magic Lantern - established as a cinema in 1919 - delighted viewers with the multi-sensory magic of Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda






Penarth Pier Pavilion hosts a marvellous mix of movies and excellent extra events at its iconic waterfront locale, featuring The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda, dementia-friendly screenings and a family picnic film feast, including cider and apple juice that's even tastier than Farmer Bean's!







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The Phoenix Cinema at the Pickaquoy Centre is Orkney's only digital 3D cinema, and the islands got to experience the sights and smells of Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda.







On one of Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda's trips all the way down south, it reached an iconic listed building in the heart of Falmouth, where charity The Poly promotes engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.








Pound Arts in Corsham is the arts hub for north Wiltshire, offering a year-round programme of performances, workshops, youth theatre and exhibitions - now including Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda.








Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency. It's also our most northerly screening of Scratch 'n Sniff Matilda!







Showcase Cinemas across the UK will be screening a Roald Dahl film - chosen by public vote - on Saturday 17 September. Cast your vote on their Facebook page.







The Scratch 'n Sniff Cinema experience of Matilda visits the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where Way Out West Picturehouse provide a much-needed and vibrant alternative to the nearest permanent cinemas, which are over an hour's drive away.





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.In the wildest, least inhabited part of Scotland, the intrepid mobile Driftwood Cinema links up with the much-loved community event, Wigtown Book Festival, to bring all the Roald Dahl-written episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents to Dumfries and Galloway.