Rochester Picture Palace


We are a not-for-profit film Society run by a group of volunteers, screening films not usually shown at local cinemas – Contemporary independent British, American and world cinema as well as documentaries, avant garde and experimental Films.

A member of the British Federation of Film Societies, we operate in an open and democratic way, with programming and other decisions made collectively.

Currently we have screenings every Tuesday evening at the ‘Rochester Picture Palace’ (held at the Corn Exchange in Rochester High Street), and monthly on a Sunday evening at the ‘Cine Lounge’ at Sun Pier House

The Picture Palace shows world and European cinema and British and American Independent films, whilst at the Cine lounge it’s more cult classics. There are usually introductions to the films and the option to take part in an informal post-screening chat, where thoughts on the films are shared over a drink.

We have also staged pop-up events at the Nucleus Gallery in Rochester, the Historic Dockyard and on the Edith May barge and have had a number of successful Q&A events with directors, writers and actors from the films we show.

Our ambition for the future is to create a permanent home for alternative cinema in Rochester.

If you’d like to find out more, or to get involved, please contact us at

Rochester Picture Palace
Corn Exchange (Princes Hall)
51-55 High Street

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