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Bradford Cathedral to host pop-up cinema
Bradford Cathedral is to be transformed into a ‘pop up cinema’ as part of a partnership between Bradford City of Film and Cine Yorkshire.
Other venues in Bradford, Keighley and Ben Ryhdding will also be screening films as part of Bradford Community Cinema, which is being rolled out following a successful run elsewhere in the region.
Backed with £400,000 Lottery funding through the British Film Institute, Cine Yorkshire – a consortium of the National Media Museum, Blaize and Screen Yorkshire – has presented 1,119 screenings to 47,495 people since it started in October 2010.
The community cinema scheme will be unveiled at Bradford Cathedral on Friday, January 25, with a screening of This Sporting Life. The 1963 film, starring Richard Harris as a young rugby league player struggling with personal demons, was shot at locations across the region including Bolton Abbey and Leeds.
The screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with Bradford rugby league legend Brian Noble, is part of Bradford Cathedral’s Artspace programme, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the completion of the east end of the building. Other venues participating in the Bradford Community Cinema initiative include The Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding, where there will be a series of ‘film and supper’ evenings; Culture Fusion at the YMCA in Bradford, which will be screening a programme of films for young audiences; and Keighley Central Hall, home to the newly-established Keighley Film Club.
Upcoming screenings include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Woman In Black, School of Rock, My Week With Marilyn and Tom Jones.
Rachel McWatt, Cine Yorkshire project manager, said: “We hope to reach an increasingly diverse audience for cinema in Bradford by working closely with each venue to develop a specially tailored programme and providing new and exciting ways for people to share and enjoy film.
“We’re delighted to be starting the new year by welcoming these new venues on board and particularly excited about extending Cine Yorkshire’s screening programme into urban areas for the very first time with our local partners Blaize, thanks to support from Bradford UNESCO City of Film.’’ David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, said the Community Cinema initiative was an opportunity to “spread film fever” across the district.