The Silver Screen Cinema is an independent twin-screen cinema located inside the historic Town Hall at the heart of Folkestone in Kent. Originally a site of Kent’s first film screenings in 1896 and a ‘Cinema De Luxe’ until 1912, the upper levels of the Town Hall re-opened as the Silver Screen Cinema in 1990. To learn more, read about our history.
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The Silver Screen Cinema is based in Folkestone Town Hall at the junction of Guildhall Street, Sandgate Road, and Rendezvous Street. Follow the signs to the Town Centre & Visitor Information. The cinema entrance is to the left of the main building entrance. For more information, see our section on getting here.
Our main auditorium has a classic design and seats 379 across two levels. The stalls have a capacity of 248, while the balcony has 131 seats, including a row of double seats at the back. The seating was refurbished in 2023 to improve comfort. Framed portraits of film stars from the past century are illuminated within the arches along the walls.
Our second auditorium seats 59 and is a mixed-use room with modern facilities in a historic setting, catering for film screenings and special events alike. Built as a courtroom and council chamber in 1905, the wooden panelled walls feature the names of Folkestone mayors from the past century. The room was refurbished by Folkestone Town Council in 2016.
Our kiosk serves traditional cinema snacks, such as Jimmy’s warmed sweet & salted popcorn, sparkling drinks such as Pepsi Max, Tango & 7up, ice-creams, packets of sweets, crisps, and bottled water. Our popcorn is allergen-free, and our sparkling drinks on-tap are sugar-free. Please see information on individually packaged items for further allergy information, or ask staff for assistance.
We also serve a range of hot drinks, including Kent’s independently roasted Viking Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Decaf options are available on request.
Please note that we do not currently serve hot food or alcohol, and we do not allow hot food or alcohol inside the cinema.
Our food hygiene rating of 5: Very Good can be viewed at the Food Standards Agency.