When planning the 88 seat cinema and our new second screen for Northampton, we spoke to a lot of people and visited a lot of cinemas, many recommended by friends, colleagues and audiences members through social media. We wanted to know what people liked or disliked about their local cinema, which cinemas they would rush back to, and what made these film houses special. Rarely did anyone speak about the films. They talked about the seats, the bars, the food, the passionate staff, the glassware.

In short, they valued being treated as grown-ups. We value this too.


All our seats are premium seats and our accessible spaces for wheelchairs have a great view too.

We sourced our luxury leather seats and side tables from Skeie in Norway, and our architects, One 17, and main contractor, Elite Systems, have worked closely with our acoustic engineers to ensure that the sound is as good as it can be. As with the elegant cedar wood clad exterior, the interior of both of the screens is deceptively simple, but works hard to ensure a quality sound and vision experience.


We offer a small menu of delicious and quiet(er) snacks. We considered not selling the cinema classic, popcorn, as it is too often disappointing and noisy. However, having decided that it is an essential part of the film going experience, we sell sweet and salted varieties.

Each of our two screens has a bar at the rear of the auditorium, typically opening 30 minutes before each advertised film start time. Drinks, served in glass or crockery, can be enjoyed from your seat (plastic cups are available too though). As well as excellent wines, bottled beers, juices and spirits, we stock Warner Edwards Gin, Gallones ice-cream, a range of coffee and Fritz Kola soft drinks.


You should expect a warm welcome every time you visit. Our programme includes screenings exclusively for parents and their babies, and silver screenings for our more mature visitors.

Finally, a few words about our ‘start times’. This is the time that we aim to start the main feature (give or take five minutes), however, we strive to open doors to the auditorium and bar 30 minutes earlier. During this period we will be showing adverts and trailers and serving drinks and snacks. But, we promise not to plunge you into darkness until the actual film begins.

We aim to make the Northampton Filmhouse experience available to all. For information on Access, please click here.

We really look forward to welcoming you very soon, to enjoy both a great experience AND a brilliant film.


Prices for the Northampton Filmhouse are:

Adults: £9.50
Concessions: (students, senior 60+, jobseekers and disabled) £8.50
Child: (14 and under) £7
Peak Screenings (Fri & Sat eve screenings from 6pm) £10.50 full, £9.50 conc,
£7 child (14 and under)
Silver Screen matinees: £7 (for those aged 60+)
Parent/carer and baby screenings £8.50 (these screenings are for babies aged up to one year in age  – baby aged under one goes free)
Live Broadcasting screenings £17, £15 concessions, £12 for child.
Non-Live Premium screenings: £15, £13 concessions, £11 child
16-25 year olds: £5 (Monday-Thursday, regular screenings)

It is possible to hire a screen for private screenings, small conferences and presentations. To discuss your requirements and receive a competitive quote, please contact 01604 655729 or email us.

About The Filmhouse

The Northampton Filmhouse was developed by the team at Royal & Derngate Northampton; one of the UK’s most acclaimed regional theatres. The first screen, situated adjacent to the theatre, opened on 20 June 2013.

We opened our second screen in April 2017, built alongside the existing cinema, making even more screenings available of the very best in world, independent, British and mainstream films, along with live screenings of theatre, ballet and opera events from around the world.

Between the two screens is a raised outdoor terrace and seating area, for customers to enjoy our carefully selected local refreshments.

The cinema has been made possible by the generosity and support of a number of partners. We are grateful to all who have ‘named a seat’ and to those who have provided grant, sponsorship and financing for this project, in particular:

West Northamptonshire Development Corporation             Eric Stanton Charitable Trust             Carlsberg             Northampton Borough Council

As a registered charity, Royal & Derngate is generously supported by grants from:

arts-council-england             northampton-borough-council    

We are also proud to be a part of Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise:

All profits generated from the Northampton Filmhouse will be donated annually to Northampton Theatres Trust (on behalf of Royal & Derngate). This assists the theatres to continue to produce highly acclaimed theatre (Made In Northampton) present a wide range of live entertainment and enable young people and families from throughout the county to participate in award winning arts related activities.

The Northampton Filmhouse team

Jo Gordon – Chief Executive

James Dacre – Artistic Director

Christiaan De Villiers – Operations Director

Steve Edmonds – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Northampton Filmhouse is a trading name of The Northampton Theatres Trust Limited.
Charity No.1075741. Company No.3640915. VAT No. 623 5320 71
19 -20 Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1DP United Kingdom