The Walton & Weybridge Film Society
The Walton & Weybridge Film Society is one of the oldest film societies in the UK.
During the winter of 1963/64 a group of local residents were stimulated into forming a film society
in the area. There was a common interest in world cinema and also a wish to offer the people of
Walton and Weybridge an opportunity to further their knowledge and enjoyment of films not
readily available at that time outside the West End of London.
The first experimental season of three films was shown in the Spring of 1964, with a full-length
season mounted from September of that year. A total of 70 members joined. From 1968/69 to
1992/93 meetings were held in the Lecture Hall of Weybridge Library, and membership numbers
regularly exceeded 100.
From September, 1993, W&WFS secured the exclusive use of a cinema screen at the then
Screen at Walton, which offered higher standards of comfort, projection and sound equipment.
Membership was capped at 155, and there was a waiting list.
With the upgrade to their seating in July 2012 and subsequent adoption of the venue by the
Everyman Cinemas chain, the capacity was reduced by more than half, which made continuation
After a two-year transfer to the Performance Hall of Cleves School, Weybridge, the society
moved to the current venue at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on- Thames.
With high quality projection and sound provided by Pro Screens, comfortable banked seating and
the use of a bar/café area, W&WFS continues to offer a great programme of highly acclaimed
Our new season begins in September 2017. Check out the W&WFS website at
http://www.wawfs.com/default.htm to see more about previous programmes, contact details, and
(very soon) the new season for films for 2017/18.
Our Film Society meets at the performance hall at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, usually commencing at 8pm (times shown on programme page).
The full address is: Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1AT
Hurst Grove is off Hepworth Way (A3050)