About RFT

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Reading Film Theatre was established over 40 years ago as an independent cinema with a policy to show the best films from around the world. RFT receives no grants and hires the largest auditorium from the University on a regular basis, using its own equipment and employing RFT staff, most of whom are volunteers.


The cinema is open to everyone, and being based on a university campus, it screens films only during term time. We aim to screen at least one foreign language film (subtitled in English) each week, the rest of the programme being a mix of both mainstream and independent cinema, primarily from the UK and North America. The majority of films are recent releases, but occasionally a classic will be screened if a new print has become available. This website gives details of our current program with informative links to other sites showing stills, reviews, background and comment. Programmes are published three times a year and distributed to all Reading and Wokingham area libraries, civic centres and schools and are sent out to individual members of RFT.


Peter Strickland, Film director, former RFT volunteer


Sir Kenneth Branagh


Start times vary so please check carefully. Performances are in the Palmer Building and the Minghella Building. Click here for detailed directions. Doors open 45 minutes before the advertised start of the programme. Films start promptly and for technical reasons latecomers cannot be admitted after the Box Office has closed. We regret that smoking, the use of mobiles and the consumption of food and beverages are not allowed in the Film Theatre.

Disabled Access

An induction loop system has been installed in the theatre for the hearing impaired. There is space for six wheelchair users. 


Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance

We have adjusted our ticket pricing for 2018/19 to make our concessions pricing fairer and more attractive.

Purchase methodStandardConcession 65+Classic MemberClassic Member 65+Student
On the door at screening£9£8£7£6£5
Online at Ticketsource£8 + 50p booking fee£7 + 50p booking fee£6+ 50p booking fee£5+ 50p booking fee£5

Event Cinema: For live satellite screenings and Encore events such as ENO and NT Live, Members £11.00, £12.00 on the door. Non Members £14.00, £15.00 on the door, senior citizens (65 and over), students and unwaged £13.00, £14.00 on the door, Children 14 and under £11.00, £12.00 on the door. 

Groups of 10 or more can pay the members rate for events. Please contact rft@reading.ac.uk for more information.

Advance Tickets can be purchased by visiting TicketSource any time before the film screening.


If you are a regular RFT patron then you should consider becoming an RFT member to save more money and benefit from our special member benefits.

Click here for more information on membership.


Reading Film Theatre wouldn't be able to run without its volunteers. The main benefit of volunteering is free films. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email RFT: rft@reading.ac.uk.

Registered Charity No. 277615