This video of Gordon's first visit to Rusthall is a perfect portrayal of what we are about. An excellent introduction for those contemplating visiting us for the first time and a wonderful vignette of some good times for the old hands.
We welcome all visitors, new and old. We show films every other Saturday evening throughout the year. Doors usually open at 6:30pm and the programme starts 30 minutes later. If you are not able to reach us until after the lights go down, please wait at the back until a suitable interval before taking your seat.
Entry is free for annual subscription holders (except for event cinema) and there's 50% off for active volunteers.
On-the-night visitors are always welcome - entry is just a suggested £5, cash or card. Advanced bookers will have the largest seating options and we do sometimes sell out.
On Saturdays we start with a short entertainment related to the main feature - this is often a 20 minute short film or live entertainment that complements the theme of the main film and gives us something to discuss for those who like to join our Zoom discussion group after the film.
Since 2016 (see our history) we have offered a special greeting for those who come dressed in costume related to the film, but all are welcome. Our volunteers run a licenced bar before the show and during the interval serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream, baked snacks themed to tie in with the main film, wines and beers.
The post film discussion group is highly recommended for those who can stay as usually some see aspects of the film that many miss. It is typically led by someone who has been at a previous discussion group and all are encouraged to join in although some visitors prefer to remain silent, absorbing the insights.
Our hall has air conditioned temperature control, independent ventillation to replace stale air with fresh, and has facilities for those with disabilities. We offer free transport for locals unable to reach us under their own steam, and maintain an induction loop for those with hearing difficulties.
All films are screened in 4K resolution where media permits with 7 surround sound speakers onto our 4 metre wide screen. We have padded seating with enough room for 100 chairs. We normally omit rows A and B to allow extra leg room, but for the most popular shows one or both of these rows are added. Row A is about 3m from the screen.
Our hall has off-road car parking for about 18 considerate drivers and we are just 200 metres from the bus 281 stop at Rusthall High Street. See the map here.
The programme of films is chosen by popular vote as described here. Enhanced voting rights and discounted entry are given to volunteers as a token of thanks; anyone thinking of helping in this way should see our volunteers page.