Theatre Info

Leiston Film Theatre, or Leiston Picture House as it was originally named, opened in October 1914 and has traded continuously for 104 years. Following a decline in cinema attendances in the 1970's, the venue was saved from closure in 1976 by Leiston Town Council, who have invested in carefully updating the building to meet the expectations of today's cinema audiences. Despite being Suffolk's oldest surviving purpose built cinema, this versatile venue boasts a very comfortable 252 seat auditorium, with a choice of standard, cuddle or premier seating and features Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround EX sound and the very latest in digital projection, including the superior Dolby 3D experience.

Leiston Film Theatre was shortlisted for the prestigious Cinema of the Year award at the 2015 Screen Awards.


Cinema Admission Prices

Adult: £8.40 (aged 15 and over)
Child: £5.40 (aged 14 and under)
Senior: £7.40 (aged 60 and over)
Family Ticket: £23.80 (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children)

A £1.80 surcharge is applicable for all tickets for 3D screenings and includes returnable Dolby 3D glasses.

Please ask for the correct ticket type at the time of purchase, as errors cannot be amended once tickets are issued.

Admission prices for event cinema vary. Please check our programme for details, or contact us to clarify the admission price for these performances.

Premier and Cuddle Seats

Premier seats are available for customers aged 18 and over and are subject to a £2.00 surcharge. These popular chairs are positioned at the rear of the auditorium, offering unrestricted viewing and are wider, with higher backs, a table for your movie munchies and a generous one meter of legroom. Alcohol may be purchased and consumed within the 'premier' section for films. Proof of age may be requested.

Cuddle seats are available as pairs, to customers aged 16 and over and are subject to a £2.00 surcharge per seat. These chairs are the width of two standard seats without the central armrest and are perfect for couples who wish to 'snuggle' up and enjoy a film. Under 16's may use the cuddle seats, at the managements discretion, when accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 years and over.

Box Office Opening Hours

Mornings: Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Evenings: 7.00pm - 9.00pm.

During holiday periods, the box office may be open during the afternoon and early evening when a matinee screening is programmed.

Alternatively, you can book your seats at any time online by clicking here. Please note: Online bookings for films and live shows closes one hour prior to show times.

Advance Bookings

Advance bookings may be made for all films and live shows in person at the box office, by telephone during box office opening hours on 01728 830549 and online by clicking here. Please note a booking fee of 50p per ticket is applicable to all telephone and online bookings. If you wish to book a wheelchair space then please contact the box office as these are unavailable for online booking. Online bookings for films and live shows closes one hour prior to show times.


There are various places to park whilst visiting Leiston Film Theatre.The most popular car park is located in the High Street, adjacent to the cinema. This car park is free at evenings from 6.00pm and all day Sunday. There is alternative pay and display car parking in Sizewell Road (IP16 4AB) and free car parking, for a maximum of two hours, at the East of England Co-operative, also in Sizewell Road. Please note: If you are planning to visit Leiston Film Theatre between the 7th-9th December, the High Street car park will be closed for the Leiston On Ice event. Free parking is available all day at the East of England Co-operative on these days.

CEA Card and Seating for the Disabled

The CEA card entitles the holder to one complimentary ticket for their accompanying carer. For further information, please visit the CEA card website at: We currently have three wheelchair spaces situated on the right of the auditorium. To book these spaces, please contact the box office on 01728 830549 and we will be pleased to book the seats next to the wheelchair spaces if required. Please note: CEA cards can only be accepted for standard film performances and cannot be used for event cinema.

Meerkat Movies 2-for-1 Ticket Offer

Meekat Movies is the reward scheme for customers of, offering 2-for-1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year when you buy a qualifying product*

*For Full terms and conditions please visit:

You can claim your 2-for-1 tickets in 3 easy steps:

STEP 1: Download the MEERKAT MOVIES app or visit

STEP 2: Log into or set up your account to activate your membership and claim your voucher code. You have one voucher code to use every Tuesday or Wednesday at Leiston Film Theatre.

STEP 3: Present your 2-for-1 voucher code at the Box Office before purchasing tickets.

Meerkat Movies customers are welcome to upgrade to premier or cuddle seats, subject to availability, which are subject to the relevant surcharge.

Loyalty Card Scheme

Leiston Film Theatre is the only local cinema to offer a loyalty card scheme. Loyalty cards are available to any customer and are valid for six months from the date of issue. Collect eleven loyalty card stamps (one per visit) and on your twelfth visit, you can enjoy the film for FREE! Loyalty cards are subject to availability and may only be stamped for regular film programmes and not live shows or special events.

Services Available

  • Online bookings for all films, live shows and special events.
  • Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround EX sound system.
  • Digital projection and Dolby Digital 3D.
  • High Frame Rate 2D and 3D.
  • Premier and cuddle seats.
  • Comfortable 252 seat auditorium with generous legroom.
  • Induction loop system for the hard of hearing.
  • Easy access and facilities for the disabled.
  • Free booster seats for movie juniors.
  • Free car parking - evenings and Sunday only.
  • Movie munchies and Theatre Showbar.
  • Costume hire available - viewing by appointment only.
  • Gift vouchers - the ideal gift - ON SALE NOW!
  • Theatre hire available - please ask for details.

Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted in any part in the building.

Age Restrictions on Films

Leiston Film Theatre reserves the right to request photographic identification to verify a customers age for 12A, 15 and 18 certificated films. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by someone who is aged 18 or over at all times, regardless of film classification. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or over to be admitted after 7.00pm.

Film Classifications

Universal - Suitable for all ages
Universal - Suitable for all ages
Parental Guidance recommended
Parental Guidance recommended
May be unsuitable for children under 12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 or over
May be unsuitable for children under 12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 or over
Passed for person aged 15 and over
Passed for person aged 15 and over
Passed for person aged 18 and over
Passed for person aged 18 and over

For more information on film classification please visit the BBFC website

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