RFT – Reading’s Independent Cinema

RFT -  Reading's only Independent Cinema

Important Message - RFT and Coronavirus

In line with the latest Government advice on limiting all but essential social contact, and the University’s closure of the Palmer Building this evening, we have had to make the decision to close RFT for the remainder of this season as of today.

This will mean that the following films will not now be screened as advertised:

Tues 17 March: The Marriage Story

Thurs 19 March: Knives Out

Tues 24 March: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Thurs 26 March: Cinema Paradiso.

For those of you who have already bought tickets in advance we will be issuing refunds. We ask you to be patient while we process these.

Please check our website regularly for further updates regarding our summer season (April – June 2020).

We thank you all for your continuing support of RFT and wish you all the best at this time. 

RFT (Reading Film Theatre) was established 50 years ago as an independent cinema bringing the very best in world films to you. Our programme includes the latest blockbusters as well as a wide range of smaller budget and foreign language films. We also screen beautifully made films which raise important and challenging issues you won’t find on the multiplex circuit.

We are proud of our top quality digital projection, huge screen and state-of-the art Dolby surround sound, providing a great immersive cinematic experience. Our 300 seated auditorium is located in the Palmer building, which we hire from the University of Reading each week.

RFT is 50 – help us to celebrate!

Reading Film Theatre is working with the Museum of Reading to produce an exhibition to celebrate Fifty Years of bringing independent cinema to Reading. We are looking for anecdotes, memorable films and moments to put in the 'show and tell' display. We can use voice recording or videos. So please dig deep and tell us your stories!!  

Please send a message to glenys.hart@gmail.com

RFT features on the March What’s On Reading podcast

RFT Chair, Juliet Hanfling celebrates our big birthday alongside two other local ‘institutions’, the Purple Turtle and Basildon Park! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-908256809/whats-on-reading-podcast-march/s-drTsh Juliet (2nd right) at the Purple Turtle

Support RFT through the Reading Community Lottery

You can now support RFT and win up to £25,000 in the new Reading Community Lottery which is an initiative to support local good causes in Reading. Tickets cost only £1 per week and 50p of every ticket goes to your chosen good cause i.e. RFT. Every ticket has a