RFT – Reading’s Independent Cinema

Important Message - RFT and Coronavirus

In line with guidance from the Government RFT remains closed. This means that unfortunately we have had to cancel our summer season of films.

If you would like to continue to support RFT at this time please do so by buying a ticket for the Reading Community Lottery  Congratulations to the supporters of RFT who have already won prizes in the Lottery!

Please continue to check our website for news of when we are able to re-open. We hope to show the three winning films from the RFT archives once we re-open.

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