The AA Cinema opened in November 2009. Pascal Schöning, who was Diploma Unit 3 master for many years, cut the ribbon on the night of the launch – appropriately enough, since it was his presence at the AA that was instrumental in making a space for film in the school.

The Film Club, which is curated by students, runs weekly screenings and the Cinema is booked by Units every day to watch films that are relevant to their courses and unit trips. The Photo Library holds a growing selection of feature films for use by AA students, to screen in the cinema or watch elsewhere as well as an important collection of lectures, conferences, symposia and other events presented at the AA.

The Cinema has 20 seats, which came from the Spa Theatre in Bridlington, and a screen, projector and Surround Sound. Popcorn can be arranged.

Contact for bookings.

The AA Cinema is licenced to screen films for AA students and staff only.

Cinema Bookings

The 'Films On Film' Season continues with American Movie

In this cult-favorite documentary, Mark Borchardt, an aspiring filmmaker from a working-class Wisconsin background, is set on finishing his low-budget horror movie, despite a barrage of difficulties. Plagued by lack of cash, unreliable help and numerous personal problems, Mark wants to complete the film to raise funds for a more ambitious drama. With the assistance of his bumbling but loyal friend Mike Schank, Mark struggles to move forward, making for plenty of bittersweet moments.

Directed by Chris Smith (1999), 107 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
25/1/2017 18:30

The 'Films On Film' Season continues with Lost In La Mancha

Visionary director Terry Gilliam has a dream. He wants to film the classic story of Don Quixote by recasting it as a trippy, time-traveling, mistaken-identity adventure with Johnny Depp as Quixote. After struggling for years to get financing, insurance and a cast in place, Gilliam travels to Spain and promptly watches his dream fall apart. From flash floods to cast no-shows to serious injuries, Gilliam and his crew suffer one setback after another.

Directed by Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe (2002), 93 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
1/2/2017 18:30

The 'Films On Film' Season concludes with Jodorowsky's Dune

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Directed by Frank Pavich (2013), 90 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
8/2/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season begins with In The Mood For Love

In 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment, but Chow's spouse is often away on business. Before long, the lonely Chow makes the acquaintance of the alluring Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk), whose own significant other also seems preoccupied with work. As the two friends realize their respective partners are cheating on them, they begin to fall for one another; however, neither wants to stoop to the level of the unfaithful spouses.

Directed by Wong Kai-Wai, (2001), 98 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
15/2/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season continues with Wings Of Desire

Two angels, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), the angel longs to experience life in the physical world, and finds--with some words of wisdom from actor Peter Falk (playing himself) -- that it might be possible for him to take human form.

Directed by Wim Wenders, (987), 130 min

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
22/2/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season continues with Death In Venice

Composer Gustave Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde) travels to a Venice resort to escape personal and artistic stress. However, peace eludes him as he develops a disturbing attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio (Björn Andresen). However, their lives are both threatened with a sudden outbreak of cholera.

Directed by Luchino Visconti, (1971), 130 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
1/3/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season continues with La Jetée & San Soleil

La Jetée - Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man, a slave, sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the world's fate. To replenish its decreasing stocks of food, medicine and energies, and in doing so, resulting in a perpetual memory of a lone female, life, death and past events that are recreated on an airports jetée.

Sans Soleil - This experimental film by acclaimed French director Chris Marker collects footage recorded in various countries around the world and presents it in collage-like form. The movie features no synchronized sound, but instead ties the various segments together with music and voice-over narration, which ponders the topics such as memory, technology and society. As the scenes shift, locations range from Japan to Iceland to Africa, creating a truly international work.

Directed by Chris Marker, (1962) & (1983), 28 mins & 100 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
8/3/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season continues with Beyond The Clouds

The director (John Malkovich) is flying to Italy following the conclusion of his latest film. On the airplane, as he looks out beyond the clouds, he begins to think about his next film and the art of filmmaking. Upon landing, he drives through the night through thick fog, with people appearing and disappearing like apparitions.

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni & Wim Wenders, (1995), 112 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
15/3/2017 18:30

The Schöning Selection Season concludes with Le Mépris

A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb at the box office, he brings in a screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) to energize the script. The professional intersects with the personal when a rift develops between the writer and his wife (Brigitte Bardot).

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, (1963), 105 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
22/3/2017 18:30

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00–18:00,
closed 13:00–14:00


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+44 (0)20 7887 4066

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