Silver Screen Sessions at Mercury Cinema

Every Tuesday and Friday a community of film lovers gather in the West End of Adelaide at the much beloved Mercury Cinema. They are attracted by the long and rich tradition of Silver Screen.

Silver Screen is a specially curated screening program for older South Australians. Its purpose is to build an accessible and welcoming community for people to gather, socialise and connect over a common love of films.

Silver Screen’s biggest ambassador is The Mercury’s Programmer Ryder Grindle. Known by name by all the Silver Screen patrons, Ryder introduces each film and stays around after the screening for a chat, while patrons linger longer in the lounge foyer and socialise over morning or afternoon tea.

“We screen the best Australian and international cinema available, usually from the past eighteen months. The program is selected from well-reviewed films from the international trade papers, film festival circuits and award ceremonies, including the Oscars” says Ryder 

“For mature movie goers The Mercury enriches our lives with plenty of mental and social stimulation as we age well,”

says patron Kay Nowak.

Consistently the feedback from patrons is that the quality of the films on show is outstanding. The variety of programming and the addition of less familiar languages and voices has provided unique opportunities for cultural groups to experience the familiarity of childhood languages while piquing the interest of adventurous audiences.

Regular patron Malgorzata Schmidt puts it perfectly when she says “The benefits remain hidden behind the facade of the unique and exuberant cultural program, professionally curated for decades with an intellectually premeditated and artistically fulfilling sophistication.”

Silver Screen goes beyond watching films. Peter and Peter are two mates who met at The Mercury and now enjoy weekly excursions to the cinema together. Forming new friendships seems to be a common theme.  Patron Kay Nowak regularly attends with her girlfriends. “For mature movie goers The Mercury enriches our lives with plenty of mental and social stimulation as we age well.”

Everyone is welcome! Silver Screen offers affordable cinema tickets with complimentary morning or afternoon tea through support from Office for Ageing Well and Retire Australia. Screenings are at 10:30am and 2:00pm every Tuesday and Friday. Tickets available at the door and online.

Mercury Cinema

13 Morphett St, Adelaide


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