RFT – Reading’s Independent Cinema

Reading Film Theatre makes new home in Reading Biscuit Factory

After over 50 years supporting independent cinema in Reading, Reading Film Theatre (RFT) is delighted to announce that it will continue to show the best in independent and foreign language films after being welcomed into the fold of the new Reading Biscuit Factory (RBF) situated in the centre of Reading.

RFT and RBF have agreed to show films selected by RFT once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings starting on Weds 27th April. The first film to be shown will be the French classic Amélie which was voted by RFT audiences as their favourite film of the last 50 years. Subsequent films will be announced when available on both the RFT and RBF websites.

For RFT, Chair Juliet Hanfling said: “We were devastated  when we had to close our doors at our old home at Reading University last year. The combination of the COVID pandemic and projection equipment failures had made it no longer viable to operate independently. We were thrilled when RBF approached us to offer a new home and we look forward to continuing to show the best in independent, foreign film and classic cinema for the people of Reading.”

For RBF, General Manager Matt Ferguson said: “RBF is delighted to welcome RFT to our bustling community hub. Our comfortable three-screen cinema plus bar and coffee shop provide a fantastic venue for RFT and its discerning audience. We look forward to working with RFT to continue the long tradition of cinema in Reading.”

RBF’s Programme and Marketing Manager Federica Pugliese added: “For decades, Reading Film Theatre has been supporting independent cinema in town; we’re delighted to enable RFT to keep doing so in our venue. We’re very excited about this partnership, which will bring to Reading an excellent selection of arthouse titles and enrich our diverse film programme even further”.


Health & Safety Advice

In line with current recommendations from government and our hosts, we are suggesting the following safety measures:

  • All films will start at 8pm; ads and trailers take about 20 mins.
  • Parking is available at the Butts Centre or the venue is accessible by many bus services. See Reading Biscuit Factory How to Get There for more information
  • RBF is cashless so either order your tickets online at Reading Biscuit Factory or bring a card and use the card readers (contactless or PIN).
  • Please wear a mask while moving around but feel free to remove when you are seated.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in the foyer.

In the meantime if you have any comments or suggestions about RFT we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us.