About us


Established in 1974, the Film Theatre ensures that a wider variety of films is shown in Stoke-on-Trent. Our programme contains a wide range of independent, foreign (often subtitled) and more mainstream releases. The emphasis is on films which have either not been shown or have received a very limited release at the local multiplex cinemas. The Film Theatre has been a registered charity (no. 504600) since 1975.

For more information on the history of cinema-going in North Staffordshire, read Lez Cooke's essay on the subject: here.

The Film Theatre is a public cinema. Situated on Staffordshire University's College Road campus, the Film Theatre is independent of the University and operated almost entirely by volunteers.

Films from the main programme are shown at 7.45pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There are typically two films shown each week. On Mondays, specially themed films are shown for which there is no admission charge. In addition, a variety of local interest and amateur productions are regularly shown on Wednesday evenings which are also free of charge.

Please follow these links for more information on tickets and a seating plan



The Film Theatre operates from a purpose-built 213-seat auditorium, with facility for wheelchair access.

Consistent with contemporary developments in the film industry, we now screen all our films digitally using the latest equipment from Dolby, Barco and LANSat.

The bar is open from 7:00pm for the sale of beers, wines and spirits, coffee and soft drinks, and a selection of confectionery.

Please note that no adverts or trailers are shown. All films start promptly at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.


Accessibility Information

The Film Theatre is equipped with special facilities to make films available to everyone. These include:

An audio loop system

The sound from ALL screened films may be heard by switching an appropriately fitted hearing aid to the 'T' position. Alternatively, infra-red headphones are available which, for patrons with hearing difficulties, may improve the audibility of the soundtrack.

Audio Description

Selected films are made available with Audio Description. Returnable infra-red headsets are available for use with these films.

If you require further information on either of these systems, please contact: access@stokefilmtheatre.org.uk


How to find the Film Theatre

College Rd, Stoke on Trent ST4 2EF

The Film Theatre is on the Stoke Campus of Staffordshire University. Located inside the Flaxman Building on College Road, it is easily accessible, within walking distance of Stoke Railway station, on a number of local bus routes and adjacent to one of the University's car parks.

If you're visiting us from outside the city why not have a look at the city's Tourism Site?


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Stoke Film Theatre, The Wade Centre, Hartshill Road ST4 7NY 2EH Registered Charity no. 504600