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Richmond Film Society Screenings have been suspended since March 2020 but, subject to developments over the next few months, we plan to recommence screenings with the start of Season 58 in September 2021.

With many cinemas reopening from 17 May - albeit with COVID-19 mitigation measures remaining in place until at least 21 June - the Committee has been working towards reopening, potentially as early as late July with a free screening for members in advance of the new season.

In summary:

- we have been closely monitoring evolving government and industry guidance, including that from the UK Cinema Association;

- the BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub London have circulated some very useful practical advice and checklists, whilst representatives of the Committee attended a recent ‘Cinema For All’ online Zoom event, ’Reopening Right’, at which many film societies shared their reopening plans and preparations;

- we have held Zoom meetings with The Exchange to discuss their plans for reopening the venue and the steps which will be taken to minimise the risks of COVID-19. The Exchange have subsequently shared their highly detailed and comprehensive risk assessment with us and further discussions are taking place with them;

- at the same time, whilst we are largely in the hands of our venue, the Committee is, in accordance with best practice, finalising an independent RFS risk assessment. The details of this are being discussed with The Exchange and the document will be shared with our members.

Declining rates of infection and the success of the vaccination programme provide real grounds for optimism that we shall be in a position to commence Season 58 in September 2021. A degree of uncertainty nevertheless remains and we believe it makes sense to have a contingency plan in place to meet the possibility that, contrary to current governmental expectations, “all legal limits on social contact” will not be lifted by the earliest date of 21 June and/or that we and our members will not feel comfortable resuming screenings without social distancing and other mitigating measures being in place.

Members’ Free Virtual Screening of Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain & Glory' - 8 June 2021 at 8:00pm

After its long enforced COVID absence, RFS is presenting a free Member’s Only online showing of ‘Pain and Glory’ from one of RFS’ favourite directors, Pedro Almodóvar.

This film is the society’s first ever virtually screened film. Using Filmbankmedia’s Virtual Screening Room, members can login from home and utilise the ‘chat room’ facility to rate, comment upon and discuss the film, thereby replicating in part the experience of a scheduled film screening. 

Potential Members' Live Screening of‘Wild Rose’: 20th July 2021

We are arranging a free members’ screening of ‘Wild Rose’ on 20 July - both as a thank you to members for their support and patience and as a taster for Season 58. The film was originally scheduled to be our June 2020 Twickenham Festival Screening.

Further updates will follow and, in the meantime, the Committee is working to finalise the Season 58 Programme. Details of the 19 selected films will be published in July.

Our Best Historic Screenings

With screenings currently suspended, the Committee has, since March 2020, been making weekly recommendations of films to watch, whether through streaming services or on discs available from Amazon, eBay or other retailers. The recommendations are drawn from those films screened by RFS during the last 20 years which were particularly well received and highly scored by members and guests.

Our recommendations from March 2020 to the end of June 2021 (when they will cease): Monsieur Lazhar, North Face, A Hijacking, Wadjda, Wild Tales, Royal Affair, The Hunt, Salt of the Earth, Angel's Share, Ida, Good Vibrations, The Lives of Others, Lantana, I've Loved You so Long, Broken Embraces, Untouchable, Les Choristes, Man on Wire, The Source, Volver, The Wave, Days of Glory, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, Not Here To Be Loved, Pan's Labyrinth, The Counterfeiters, Flame and Citroen, Tehran Taxi, My Best Friend, The Secret in their Eyes, The Sea Inside, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis, The Patience Stone, Mystery Road, The Edge Of Heaven, The Visitor, The Commune, A Very Long Engagement, Still Life, Slow West, A Man Called Ove, The Other Side of Hope, The Fencer, Mother, Persepolis, Truman, Julieta, I Got Life (Aurore) !, Tangerines, Eight Days A Week, A Second Chance, Jar City, Anything For Her, Nosferatu, Hidden Figures, Faces Places, Like Father Like Son, Letters From Baghdad, Marshland, Out In The Dark, Broken Circle Breakdown, The Past, I Wish, A Separation and Outside The Law.


Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened over 800 films. Our objective is to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. Our seasons run from September to June and attract an aggregate audience of over 4,000 attendees.

Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (no trailers and no ads) and are screened at The Exchange. Subject always to any COVID-19 restrictions, the Bar is open from 7.00pm and remains open after the film. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

See for further details.

Our Venue

Since January 2018, we have screened all our films at The Exchange, the community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre (whose capacity can be expanded to 310), lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café. 

The Exchange is directly opposite Twickenham station, which is served by trains to and from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Kingston and Reading. Bus routes 110, 267 and 281 stop outside The Exchange, the 290 stops in Arragon Road and the 33, 490, H22, R68  and R70 all stop in central Twickenham, which is a 5 minute walk away.  

There is no onsite parking at The Exchange and no public parking on the Brewery Wharf Estate. There is, however, free car parking nearby at: 

• Waitrose Arragon Road multi-storey car park from 6pm to
• Holly Road car park from 6:30pm 
• Local streets from 6:30pm

Season 57 Cancelled

Season 57 was scheduled to run from 10 September 2019 to 16 June 2020 - although it was cancelled earlier this year, with members offered pro rata refunds of £15 for the 7 films we were unable to screen. 

Season 58 Membership

The number of members that we can accommodate will depend upon the pandemic and the capacity of The Exchange if social distancing and other precautionary measures remain in place. 

Further details will be published shortly.

Non-Member Tickets

The availability or otherwise of non-member tickets will be determined by the requirements of social distancing and capacity when screenings return.

Non-member tickets will remain at £5 (full-time students £3). Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office – by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online

Further Information
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