2020 is Reading Film Theatre’s 50th Birthday!

It’s hard to believe that despite all the up and downs over those years, with changes in technology and in audience viewing habits, Reading Film Theatre is still going strong. Over the coming year we will be holding a number of special events to celebrate this great achievement.

We originally started as a volunteer group of film enthusiasts in collaboration with the University of Reading, the British Film  Institute and Reading Borough Council. We are still a group of volunteer film enthusiasts but, other than some occasional grant funding for special projects, we are completely independent financially.

We provide a brilliant contribution to the cultural life of Reading, showing a wide range of diverse films from British independent film makers to world cinema and a host of foreign language films. We have a great deal to offer over and above the usual cinema experience with our huge screen and amazing sound quality through our state of the art Dolby surround sound.  Our special film events invite visiting producers and directors to talk about their films. We recently hosted the award winning film directors Fernando Meirelles and Peter Strickland.

Our films are a mix of light-hearted entertainment, moving and informative documentary style films, pure escapism and heart rending, true to life portrayals that enlighten and challenge our perceptions of the world.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we have been asking our audience to select their favourite films over the decades. The most popular three will be shown in reverse order during our anniversary year, as the last film in each season. These films will be free to watch, thanks to  support from the University of Reading. The tickets will be available on a first come first served basis so we are encouraging everyone to get here early. 

Our main screenings are on a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the University of Reading, Palmer Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6UR (for satnavs) and the full listings for our Spring season are attached and are on our website, www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information, email: rft@reading.ac.uk or Tel: 0118 378 7151.

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