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Viewing theatre hire

We have two 36 seat viewing theatres available for private hire, located in the heart of London’s West End.

View a film from the BFI collections

Anybody can hire our viewing theatres to watch a BFI film release, or material from the extensive holdings of the BFI National Archive. Visit the BFI Distribution website to browse a list of popular titles.

View your own project

If you’re a filmmaker looking to screen your own work, our viewing theatres are an ideal choice. Whatever your project, we can screen it for you – from rushes and dailies, presentations and castings to effects shots, title sequences and finished film prints. We offer high definition digital cinema.


We have a small hospitality room available for use before or after your screening for informal gatherings.

Both theatres are fully accessible to wheelchair users. We welcome assistance dogs.

To arrange a viewing please contact Roger Young by calling 020 7957 8976 or emailing at least one week before your desired screening date. Our standing opening times for screening hire are Monday-Friday, 09:00-21:30. Other times available on request.

How to get here

BFI Viewing Theatres
21 Stephen Street

By bus
Routes 7, 8, 176, 73, 10, 25, 242, 55, 1, 8, 29, 98, 390, 14, 24, 29, 134

By Tube
Northern Line to Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Streets

Car parking
On site parking can be arranged on request. There is an NCP car park available in Brewer Street. The BFI Viewing Theatres are within the congestion charge zone.

  • Research viewing services

    Research viewing services

    If you wish to view a title held in the BFI National Archive for research, we may be able to help.

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