A Seat in the Stalls

When it is cold, wet and wintry outside, what better way to spend a couple of hours than to settle down and watch a good film?

The Vale’s Cinema Room is the ideal place to view a favourite DVD, stream a blockbuster, musical or a much loved RomCom. And, with four comfortable viewing chairs, you can share the experience with friends, family or ‘Vale Mates’. Indeed one of our residents is already doing this with a regular Saturday booking.

Here are a few suggested titles, starting with several that make the Top Ten ranked films of all time:

Back to the Future

Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is mistakenly transported back 30 years by his eccentric scientist friend, Emmet ‘Doc’ Brown (Christopher Lloyd). 

The Dark Knight

Part of the Batman series, this one features Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker. The highest grossing film of 2008, this blockbuster raised the bar for superhero movies.

Saving Private Ryan

After Private Ryan’s three brothers are killed in action during WWII, Captain John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, is sent to find Private Ryan in occupied France so that he can be returned home safely to his family.

Some more on the top 10 of all time list!:

The Godfather

La Dolce Vita

Shawshank Redemption

Space Odyssey

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Seven Samurai

Citizen Kane

For family viewing any of these titles will entertain and delight all ages in equal measure: 

Toy Story – any of the 5 movies

Pixar animation about a world where toys come alive when humans are not present, starring the ever popular Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their toy box friends.

The Incredibles

A family of undercover superheroes are forced out of their quiet, suburban life to save the world.

How to Train Your Dragon 

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of one and learns there are more to these creatures than he imagined.

Paddington / Paddington 2

Either of the Paddington films, adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, are a pleasure to watch.


An enchanting animation about a gastronomic rat who dreams about becoming a great chef in Paris.

Finally some Top Ten musicals:

Singin’ in The Rain is ranked the highest, followed closely by La La LandAll That Jazz and My Fair Lady. Beauty and The Beast also makes it into the Top Ten.