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Become a friend...

As a friend, not only are you supporting Suffolk’s oldest cinema, but you are directing helping to raise vital funds to improve the experience of using Leiston Film Theatre.
Benefits to friends include weekly programme updates, quarterly newsletters, discounts to ‘friends’ events and selected Film Theatre screenings and priority booking on selected Film Theatre events.

What is a Leiston Film Theatre Friend?

The Leiston Film Theatre Support Club is an independent group, founded in 1992 to raise funds to improve the facilities and interior décor of the Leiston Film Theatre.

Through numerous fund-raising activities and social events, the Club provides financial assistance towards the many improvements made at the venue.

Since 1992, the Club has funded £135,398 of improvements at the Film Theatre.

Club benefits …

Weekly programme updates by email.

Invitations to ‘Friends Only’ events.

Discounts on admission to selected films and events.

Priority booking for some Film Theatre films, live shows and events.


How to join …

Membership currently runs from March – February.

Membership forms are available from the Film Theatre box office.

Alternatively, contact the venue on 01728 830549, email: staff@leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk, and we’ll be pleased to forward a membership form to you.

What we’ve achieved so far …

In 2006, the Club embarked on its first ambitious project to totally refurbish the stage area for live shows and cinema presentations, with a fund-raising target of £33,000. This project included the provision of a new sound system, new lighting, new stage curtains and a new scenery storage area with additional dressing room facilities. This project was successfully completed in July 2009.

The Club also raised funds in 2008/09 for improvements and the enlargement of the Film Theatre foyer.

In January 2010 the ‘Digital 3D Project’ was launched to assist the Town Council to provide the venue with the very latest in 3D digital technology, enabling the venue to effectively remain open, at a time when the cinema industry moved to digital format of projection.

Before embarking on our current project, the Club financed new drapes throughout the auditorium.

The Club has provided a sound relay to the toilets during a film screening and sound and visual relays to the dressing rooms during live shows, has purchased LED up-lighting and microphones to enhance live show performances, as well as a new sound and lighting desks and also funded bespoke stage scenery and refurbishment of the proscenium arch.

Most recently, the Club has funded a new stage floor covering and also part funded an electric winch system for scenic backdrops.

Currently, the Club is offering match funding towards the Film Theatre’s new website and will be considering support for further improvements in 2024.

Leiston Film Theatre

Suffolk's oldest purpose built cinema

74 High Street,
IP16 4BZ

01728 830549