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 Underwater Season continues with Sphere

When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled.

Directed by Barry Levinson, (1998), 135 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
3/5/2017 18:30

The Underwater Season continues with Das Boot 

A German submarine patrols the Atlantic Ocean during World War II, manned by a crew that must contend with tense conflicts and long stretches of confined boredom. While war correspondent Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer) observes day-to-day life aboard the U-boat, the grizzled captain (Jürgen Prochnow) struggles to maintain his own motivation as he attempts to keep the ship's morale up in the face of fierce battles, intense storms and dwindling supplies.

Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, (1981), 187 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
10/5/2017 18:30

Following on from the event 'An evening of Cinematic Architecture' an evening celebrating the life and work of Pascal Schöning.

A screening of "Without Here and There" - a film by Ron Kenley that documents the life and work of Pascal Schöning through the objects that populated his home, as well as the thoughts, stories and memories of his past students, friends and colleagues.

Please RSVP as the AA Cinema has limited seating so early arrival is recommended.

Byron Blakeley

AA Cinema
12/5/2017 19:00

The Underwater Season continues with The Abyss

Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth.

Directed by James Cameron, (1989), 163 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
17/5/2017 18:30

The Underwater Season concludes with Diving Into The Unkown  (Takaisin Pintaan)

After a terrible accident deep inside an underwater cave, the survivors are forced to risk their own lives to bring the bodies of their friends home.

Directed by Juan Reina, (2016), 90 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
24/5/2017 18:30

The Sand Season begins with Walkabout

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John) into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy (David Gulpilil) who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Directed by Nicolas Roeg, (1971), 96 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
31/5/2017 18:30

The Sand Season continues with Woman Of The Dunes

One of the 1960s’ great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic world of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in a vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle, an achievement that garnered Teshigahara an Academy Award nomination for best director.

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, (1964), 141 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
7/6/2017 18:30

The Sand Season continues with Ice Cold In Alex

Captain Anson (John Mills) is tired and thirsty. Forced to leave his North African post when it becomes clear it will be invaded, Anson is on his way to Alexandria, Egypt, and looking forward to a nice cold beer. Before he gets there, though, circumstances pressure him to take on several passengers. Sister Diana Murdoch (Sylvia Syms) and Captain van der Poel (Anthony Quayle) prove to be excellent traveling companions, but Anson soon realizes that one of them is a German spy.

Directed by J. Lee Thompson, (1958), 141 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
14/6/2017 18:30

The Sand Season continues with Beau Travail

Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels compelled to stop him from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself.

Directed by Claire Denis, (1998), 90 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
21/6/2017 18:30

The Sand Season concludes with Fata Morgana

Partly mystical, partly absurd, this early film by Werner Herzog evokes the chimerical visions of a desert mirage, re-framing and making strange different documentary images of life and decay in the Sahara. Film historian Lotte Eisener reads a Mayan creation myth and unlikely musical choices further twist and confuse our sense of place.

Directed by Werner Herzog, (1969), 79 mins

Only open to AA Students and Members

AA Cinema
28/6/2017 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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