RFT – Reading’s Independent Cinema

RFT -  Reading's only Independent Cinema

RFT (Reading Film Theatre) was established nearly 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.

Happy New Year! Happy 50th Anniversary to RFT!

This year RFT is celebrating the 50th anniversary of bringing independent cinema to Reading. We will be marking this fantastic milestone with a number of special events including anniversary film screenings throughout the year (see separate panel for further information on how you can be involved in this). Also check our website and social media for details of other events during 2020.

Spring is the season of awards and many of our films for this season have been predicted to be winners: Judy (Tues 14 Jan), The Farewell (Thurs 16 Jan), Joker (Thurs 23 Jan), Little Women (Thurs 13 Feb), Harriet (Thurs 20 Feb), The Good Liar (Tues 10 Mar) and others.

We will be marking International Women’s Day on Thurs 5 Mar with the film Bombshell (another possible award winner!).

Juliet Hanfling

RFT Chair

RFT 50 Years of Film – Vote for your favourites

The paper votes are in and we have shortlisted the top two films from each decade into your top ten film choices. A short summary of each film is given after the voting table below. Please vote for your favourite from the list below. Remember you can only vote once