Royal Victoria Infirmary

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MediCinema logoThe MediCinema at the RVI is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built cinema which comfortably accommodates 54 seated visitors, four wheelchairs and four hospital beds, providing respite and entertainment through regular easy-access screenings.

MediCinema is a registered charity that has formed a unique partnership with the health sector and film industry. It works in UK hospitals and places of care to build cinemas and bring the latest movie blockbusters to patients, their carers and families – completely free of charge.

Therapeutic benefit

A visit to MediCinema is a unique experience providing therapeutic benefit to patients by relieving the stress and boredom of a hospital stay.

MediCinema screens the latest box office releases – generously donated by the major UK film distributors – on a big screen. The facility provides a genuine cinema-going experience with the added reassurance of knowing that nursing staff are in attendance throughout.

The MediCinema at the RVI was the first purpose-built hospital cinema in the UK and comes complete with:

  • Digital projection
  • Big screen
  • Dolby surround sound
  • RealD 3D technology
  • Tiered seating
  • Specialist cinema lighting

Visiting MediCinema

Patients can find out details of the film programme and screening times from their ward staff. The MediCinema team also visits wards on screening days to give patients information and issue tickets. All tickets must be signed off by the ward nursing staff.  

Spaces within the MediCinema are limited so please speak to the ward staff who can book your ticket directly with the MediCinema Manager.

Generosity of local organisations

The facility was developed after the RVI formed an alliance with MediCinema, a national charity supported by some of the biggest names in the British film Industry.

The installation of MediCinema at the RVI was made possible by the generosity and support of a number of organisations and companies in Newcastle, including Fenwick and the Newcastle Healthcare Charity. MediCinema is especially grateful to these donors, as well as to Laing O’Rourke, Healthcare Support (Newcastle) Ltd., Interservefm, EOMAC, Johnson Wright Flooring and the British Board of Film Classification. 


For more information on MediCinema contact Joss Spires, MediCinema Manager:

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