Welcome to The Regal Film Society -

celebrating its 25th anniversary this year


The Regal Film Society screens an annual programme of monthly films for members from September to the end of June.  In addition the film society organises fund-raising public screenings of mainstream film titles every month as well as live screenings of opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 


The members' programme features at least 11 newly-released films from the UK and around the world.  Many of these are independent films which do not receive the exposure they deserve in commercial cinemas.  The season of films opens and closes with more high profile titles which are open to the public.


The Regal Film Society has its home in the voluntarily-run Regal Theatre in Minehead, Somerset, is itself entirely run by volunteers and is a member of the MATA Regal Theatre Company Ltd, which runs the theatre.  


Founded in 1994, the film society has grown to become the largest film society in the south west and the second largest in the country with nearly 600 members.  


The Regal Film Society operates a digital cinema package (DCP) of the type now used in most commercial cinemas and has one of the largest screens in the area which measures more than 9 m (30ft) by 4.5m (15ft). 


The film society is a registered as a charity no 1162286.  We acknowledge with enormous gratitude financial support to purchase the DCP and the new screen from our members and:

The Clark Foundation

The Elmgrant Trust

The Golsoncott Foundation

The Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust

The Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust

The Garfield Weston Foundation

Victoria Thomas



A co-founder of the film society in 1994, Victoria's favourite film directors are Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Louis Malle, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Akira Kurosawa, Woody Allen, Nic Roeg, Luigi Visconti, Jacques Rivette, Lukas Moodysson, Agnes Jaoui, Susanne Bier and Sofia Coppola. In her opinion the most overrated directors are HItchcock, Kubrick, Scorsese and Haneke.

Her favourite film critic was Roger Ebert.


James Windle




James Windle wants to see the Regal Film Society flourish and believes it offers excellent opportunities to see the latest films but also those not generally available in mainstream cinemas, particularly thought-provoking foreign productions.  Away from the film society, James, a journalist, enjoys walking – especially on the South West Coast Path – gardening, ornithology, wildlife and all things natural.

Monica Hartwell



Monica moved to Somerset with her sister in 2013, rather than feeling sad after each brief holiday came to an end.

She is now ‘living life backwards’, gainful employment all but over - 16 years in the Bank of England, BA Hons at York University, a second career in the voluntary sector, then freelancing in the sector - she spends time helping the film society, the Regal Theatre, the Old Hospital  and Simonsbath Festival. 

Fi Windle

Membership Secretary


Loves: films, walking, gardening, reading, writing, South West Coast Path, Exmoor. Favourite film: Elvira Madigan. Likes most films except sci-fi, horror and anything with a dragon in it. Earliest film memory: running away screaming at the sealing of the tomb in Land of the Pharoahs. I think we are so lucky to have the Regal Film Society for its great atmosphere and wide variety of films.

Pam James




Pam was introduced to the film society by a friend a few years ago and has been amazed at the variety of films she has 

seen in that time, so is pleased to be involved in the organisation.  Pam enjoys walking on Exmoor, gardening and she also tap dances with a local group - even performing on the Regal stage from time
to time.