A BREAK-IN at The Picture House won't scupper the Keighley cinema's planned reopening on May 17.

That was the message this week from cinema owner Charles Morris, who was speaking after intruders targeted the North Street building at the weekend.

The premises were broken into sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday.

After gaining entry to the building, the burglars smashed two internal doors to access the office.

It's not believed anything was stolen.

Mr Morris said the incident was a blow at a time when the cinema was busy preparing to welcome back the public, but that the reopening plans were still on track.

"They made a bit of a mess – the worst problem is repairing the doors," he said.

"I'm still getting prices from prospective contractors but I imagine repairing the damage will run to several hundred pounds, if not a thousand or two.

"We've still time to sort things out before we reopen – with Peter Rabbit 2 and the award-winning Nomadland – on May 17, but we really could have done without this; there are enough other preparations we need to make, including installing some new seats."

Cinemas have been severely hit by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with lengthy periods of closure due to the Government restrictions.