Your visit


At Film Unit, we believe that cinema is for everyone. That’s why it's important to us that no access issue gets in the way of you enjoying the cinema experience.

That's why all of our matinee screenings are hard of hearing friendly, we have dedicated wheelchair spaces in our auditorium and we hold regular autism friendly screenings throughout the year. If you have any other accessibility requirements or suggestions to improve our service, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Discounts in the Students' Union

Did you know we have a coffee shop, bar and restaurant, shop and even somewhere to post your packages at the SU?

  • Our shop - 10% off any purchase (excluding stamps, cigarettes)

  • Interval - get any pizza for just £5

  • Coffee Revolution - get a large drink for the price of a small drink

  • Bar One - Any main meal and drink for just £7. (Drink selection; a pint of Carlsberg, Somersby, Barnsley bitter, coke/lemonade, J2O or a single vodka and mixer. 'The Big One' burger is not included in this deal.)

These discounts only apply on the day of the screening - simply show your Film Unit ticket to the relevant member of staff.

Film Unit alumni

Have you ever been involved with Film Unit? Graduating doesn't mean saying goodbye forever - especially not with Film Unit Alumni Passes.

These are available to anybody who has ever been involved with Film Unit (committee members, projectionists, house managers and fire officers). It will give you 50% off any Film Unit screening.

Purchases must be made at the box office, with valid ID, for the discount to be applied. To apply for one of these cards, contact us on We can either send the card to you, or you can collect it from the Sheffield Students' Union.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get there?

We’re a single screen cinema based in the Sheffield Students’ Union Nelson Mandela Auditorium. Make your way to the Students’ Union, located in Western Bank (just off Glossop Road).

Once inside, you can find us by descending the stairs located outside Coffee Revolution. You can collect your tickets from SU Welcome Desk. If you can’t find us, any of the SU staff will be able to point you in the right direction.

Who can come and see films?

You don’t have to be a student to enjoy Film Unit. Everyone can come and see our films.

Where can I buy a ticket?

You can buy a ticket in the Students' Union building (from the Box Office during the week and from the Welcome desk on the weekends), or from Remember to collect the ticket from Welcome Desk before the screening.

Can I bring young children?

If the film is appropriate, absolutely! We even offer discount children’s tickets for those aged 12 and under.

We show a number of child friendly films throughout the term and even run a fortnightly Saturday Kids Club, which show a family friendly film at the earlier time of 12:00.

We now offer a Family Ticket exclusively for Kids Club screenings, which will admit three people for only £5 - two children and one adult, or one child and two adults.

Check our full schedule for details on which films are part of Saturday Kids Club. ID or proof of age may be required for films 12A and above rated screenings.

What are hard of hearing screenings?

All of our matinees, unless stated otherwise will be hard of hearing friendly. This means that the film will be shown with closed caption subtitles.

There will also be signs displayed outside the auditorium, explaining our house rules and staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have.

If the fire alarm sounds, the house lights will come on, the sound will cut and the curtains will close. In this case, we will have printed cards explaining the situation and the procedure that must be followed.

Please note, autism friendly screenings will not be subtitled.

What are autism friendly screenings?

Our autism friendly screenings differ from standard screenings in the following ways:

  • There is no music played before the screening.

  • The volume is reduced.

  • Lights are dimmed more than usual.

  • Screen brightness is reduced.

  • The audience capacity is capped to avoid the screening from being too crowded.

  • A separate safe space/calm down area is available.

  • Audience members are free to move around and sit where you like.

You can bring your own food and drink (although no hot food or alcohol). Carers receive free entry.

Do you have wheelchair spaces?

The cinema has disabled access and dedicated wheelchair spaces.