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Monico Movies Newsletter Spring 2018

How do you follow a Saturday night spent watching a classic film on the big screen? With another, even bigger adventure just a few weeks later!

Goldfinger 12th May

Fresh from showing Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary North by Northwest, Monico Movies will be bringing the one and only James Bond to Rhiwbina on May 12 with the unforgettable Goldfinger (PG). This was the Sean Connery film that set the standard for Bond’s adventures for decades to come: a dramatic opening sequence, a Shirley Bassey theme tune, beautiful women (including Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore), and a dastardly villain with a lethal plan. Striding through it all is MI6’s super-spy, armed with his wits and his Walther PPK and driving the car that every boy (and his dad) wanted: an Aston Martin with an ejector seat.

After enjoying 007’s death-defying mission, why not join us on June 9 for an adventure of a different kind: the unusual relationship at the centre of the highly-praised romantic drama Venus (15)

Venus 9th June

Peter O’Toole received his eighth Oscar nomination in his role of Maurice, an actor in his seventies who spends his days putting the world to rights with his friends (Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths) and snapping up occasional bits of work on TV. His humdrum existence is transformed when a boisterous and determined young woman (Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who) enters his life. Their growing relationship takes funny and unexpected turns, with each of them looking for something from the other. But will they both get what they want?


Tickets for each film will be on sale at our usual suppliers—Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot—as well as our new ticket outlet, the Victoria Fearn Gallery. Thank you very much to the gallery on Heol Y Deri for becoming our latest outlet. Be sure to check out its wide range of artwork.

See you all soon at Monico Movies, your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.

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Ginger Whites, Thank You and Farewell


It is sad to see the closure of a much loved and colourful feature of the Rhiwbina community. Jason and Claire at Ginger Whites brought something unique to Rhiwbina.

Monico Movies would like to send a big thank you to them both for the support and help they have offered us; they have been selling our tickets since we launched in 2015. We couldn’t run Monico Movies without the support of our ticket sellers, at which point it seems apt to also thank The Deri Stores, Serenade and The Honeypot for their continued support.
The Victoria Fearn Gallery has very kindly agreed to be our new ticket outlet.
As of 10th March 2018 tickets will be available from Victoria Fearn Gallery (6b Heol Y Deri, South Glamorgan, Cardiff CF14 6HF)

So once more a big thank you to Ginger Whites and the very best of luck to Jason and Claire in your future endeavours.

From all the crew at Monico Movies

Newsletter for February/April 2018

A heart-warming journey with a pensioner determined to be reunited with his brother. A hazardous mission to Mars with a brave couple cut off from the rest of humanity. A madcap rescue attempt with a grandmother and singing triplets. And a dramatic bid to escape from a deadly conspiracy. Settle down for all this and more over the next few months with Monico Movies.

thestraight storyThe latest packed schedule at your local community cinema begins on 10th February with The Straight Story (cert. U). This charming film is a relaxing change of pace from David Lynch, a director better known for his more extreme productions. It tells the true story of war veteran Alvin Straight, who wants to make amends with his estranged brother before it’s too late. Unable to drive, he sets off on the 240-mile trip in the only way he can: on a lawn tractor. Critically acclaimed and featuring moving performances and picturesque scenery, it earned star Richard Farnsworth an Oscar nomination and also features Harry Dean Stanton and Sissy Spacek.

Tickets are on sale now at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

501days pictureBe sure to join us on 10th March for something different: a double bill. It starts with the short film 501 Days (no cert.) from Rhiwbina’s own Laurence Patrick, who made the set of a Mars-bound spaceship in his bedroom. It puts the audience alongside a couple as they attempt to become the first humans to reach the red planet. When they lose contact with everybody else on Earth, they have to decide how to reach their target alone. With almost every decision a matter of life or death and nobody able to help them, can they survive the isolation and complete their mission?

bellevilleRen01This will be followed by the lively and tune-filled animated film Belleville Rendezvous (cert. 12). Told almost entirely in song and action, the story follows grandmother Madame Souza as she teams up with her pet dog and three music hall singers to rescue her grandson from the French mafia. The charming combination of a fun plot and unique animation style was rewarded with two Oscar nominations.

nxnw001A month later you’ll have the rare opportunity to enjoy a classic, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (cert. PG), on the big screen. This legendary film thrusts mild-mannered executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) into a whirlwind involving mistaken identity, spies, deadly encounters, government secrets, and a mysterious woman (Eve Marie Saint). Regularly included in lists of the greatest films of all time, it is renowned for its terrific dialogue and fast-moving story, and the scene involving a crop-dusting plane has become a benchmark for on-screen chases. Don’t miss the action on 14th April.

As always, tickets for each film will be on sale at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

See you all soon at Monico Movies, your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.

Winter at Monico Movies

With the nights drawing in and temperatures falling, the time couldn’t be better for getting away from it all at the cinema. So you’ll be pleased to know that Monico Movies has something for everyone during the winter.

Now two years old, we’ve built up a reputation for showing films of all kinds, from animation and classics to the latest dramas and comedies, and the next few months are no exception.

On Saturday (11th November) we are pleased to be showing Belle (cert. 12), an unusual costume drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of an enslaved African woman and a British naval officer. Directed by Bafta-winning Amma Asante, the film follows Dido as she is thrown into the world of London’s social “season” and the tense aftermath of a slave massacre. Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw won awards and widespread acclaim in the lead role, and she is joined by a cast of familiar faces including Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson and Emily Watson.

As always, tickets are going fast, so be sure to buy yours now at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

In a complete change of pace, we’ll be bringing Christmas to Rhiwbina a little early with the terrific family comedy Nativity! (cert. U) on 9th December.


Featuring Martin Freeman as Paul Madden, a wannabe-star-turned-teacher, it follows the chaos that begins when he is teamed up with Mr Poppy (comic actor Marc Wootton), a unique teaching assistant, to produce a Nativity play. Mr Madden must create stars out of his mischievous young cast, win back his ex-girlfriend (Ashley Jensen) and rein in the over-enthusiastic Mr Poppy, all while going up against a local private school and its determined drama teacher. Along for the ride are Jason Watkins, Pam Ferris and Ricky Tomlinson, along with a hilarious cast of children.

Tickets will be on sale from Saturday, 11th November, at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

Once Christmas is out of the way, why not take a break from the January chill with a trip to India and Australia, thanks to the Oscar-nominated Lion (cert. PG) on 13th January.

This drama, which won two Bafta Awards and is one of the most successful Australian films of all time, follows young Indian boy Saroo as he is separated from his family and forced into an orphanage. His adventures take him to Australia, but as he grows up he cannot forget his family and decides to search for them, hoping to be reunited at last.

Besides award-winner Dev Patel, Lion features Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara, and tickets for it will go on sale from 9th December at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

See you all soon at Monico Movies
your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.


Autumn Leaves

Yep, autumn is well and truly with us and when its cold and rainy outside that’s the perfect excuse to hunker down in front of a good movie.
But for us at Monico Movies anytime is a good time for a good movie and we’ve got some cracking movies on the way.
After the summer break we kicked off again on 9th September with the tense true story Captain Phillips. This was the first time for us to use our brand new screen that was part funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

It hardly seems possible but Monico Movies is almost two years old.  Our 2nd anniversary is on 14th October and we will be having a little gathering  before hand to celebrate. Amazingly, all the tickets for Very Annie Mary sold out within a couple of days of going on sale. Of course, we are delighted this has proved so popular, but we wish we could accommodate a bigger audience, as many of you have been disappointed not to get tickets this time.

Just a reminder, the tickets for the next Monico Movies film always go on sale on the same Saturday as a screening, so if you are looking forward to seeing our 11th November movie Belle, they will be available from Saturday 14th October from Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

Belle (cert. 12) is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, from the Bafta-winning director Amma Asante, this is one of the most unusual costume dramas to hit the big screen. The fabulous gowns, eligible young men and barely suppressed class anxieties of London’s social “season” are all present and correct. But other, rarely registered aspects of Jane Austen’s England are in the frame. The film centres on Dido’s relationship with an aspiring lawyer; it is set at a time of legal significance, as a court case is heard on what became known as the Zong massacre, when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner filed with his insurance company for the losses. Lord Mansfield rules on this case in England’s Court of King’s Bench in 1786, in a decision seen to contribute to the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.

11th November

Tickets will be on sale from 14th October at Ginger Whites, Serenade, Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

See you all soon at  Monico Movies
your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.

Monico Movies at Rhiwbina Summer Festival 2017

The Artist (PG) 8th July

It’s summer festival time and although we didn’t get the headline slot at the Glastonbury festival this year, Monico Movies will, of course, be very proudly taking part in the Rhiwbina Summer Festival 2017  this Saturday 1st July from 11am.
Come and see us in the main hall at the Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre, we will be showing a trailer for our next movie The Artist (PG) 8th July. Tickets will be available to buy from us at the stall, but don’t forget you can also purchase tickets from our friends at Serenade, Ginger Whites, The Deri Stores and The Honeypot.
The Artist sees Jean Dujardin play George Valentin, a silent movie star struggling to come to terms with the arrival of the talkies. Bérénice Bejo, is Peppy Miller, whose star is in the ascent as Valentin’s fades.artist-oscar-poster

The Artist made in 2011 is a multi-award winning film, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and many other awards at The Oscars, Cannes, The Golden Globes and Bafta.
The Artist also won Best Original Score, the grand, gorgeous orchestral music of The Artist, composed by Ludovic Bource, finds much of its precedent in the sumptuous film scores of the 1940s. It is a wonderful uplifting film that is a reminder of the great skill of the silent movie makers of the 1920s and 30s.

Buy your tickets from Serenade, Ginger Whites, The Deri Stores and The Honeypot.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon
From all the Monico Movies crew

Champions League Final!

The UEFA Champions League Final is in town and it is expected that 170 000 people will be visiting Cardiff.
So this Saturday you might find it just a little busy in Cardiff.
If you are a family with young children or grandchildren the place to be at 3pm on Saturday afternoon is Bethany Baptist Church, Heol Llanishen Fach.

sing-witherspoonMonico Movies presents the fabulously funny Sing (U) a great movie for all the family. Great for kids and adults alike.

Tickets are available from our ever helpful friends at

Ginger Whites
10 Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Deri Stores
1 Wenallt Rd, Cardiff, CF14 6SA

The Honeypot Newsagent
93A Heol Llanishen Fach, Cardiff, CF14 6LB

13 Heol-Y-Deri, Cardiff CF14 6HA

Saturday 3rd June
Doors open at 2.30pm
kick-off at 3pm


See you there!

Special family matinee at Bethany Baptist Church, Heol Llanishen Fach

Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 3pm
Sing (U)

Tickets are on sale now for a special Monico Movies event. This June half term, a family matinee film Sing.
For the first time, we will be popping up in a new location, as we are screening the matinee in  Bethany Baptist Church, Heol Llanishen Fach.

sing-witherspoonSing is an animated musical comedy starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. The film is about a group of  animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater.

So come and join us 3rd June – bring your friends and family and enjoy sharing a big screen experience in your local community.
Tickets are on sale in our usual outlets:

Ginger Whites
10 Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Deri Stores
1 Wenallt Rd, Cardiff, CF14 6SA

The Honeypot Newsagent
93A Heol Llanishen Fach, Cardiff, CF14 6LB

13 Heol-Y-Deri, Cardiff CF14 6HA

eye-in-the-sky01Our next monthly feature film is the exciting thriller Eye in the Sky (15) 10th June

for more details click here- What’s On


Who else wants to see a great movie?

Start the Half term holiday with some Celtic magic!

Song of the Sea (PG)
Saturday 18th February 3pm doors open 2.30pm

Song of the Sea (PG)

If you have young ones or you just haven’t had a chance to come to one of our evening shows, this Saturday (18th Feb. 3pm) afternoon is your chance to join in the Monico Movies fun.

Song of the Sea (PG) Saturday 18th February 3pm doors open 2.30pm
Tickets are available now £4(each child gets a free ice cream) from
Ginger Whites, The Deri Stores and The Honeypot

“Every scene of Tomm Moore’s beautifully drawn, Oscar-nominated animation feels like a warm hug at bedtime.” 5/5
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“an enchanting and very moving “family film” 5/5
Mark Kermode, The Guardian

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