THE Pictureville Cinema is re-locating to a city centre theatre, while the main cinema remains temporarily closed.

Following a residency at the University of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill, the National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema will returning to The Studio, next door to the Alhambra.

Returning on May 23, Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio will deliver a programme of independent and world cinema, as well as special collaborations and family favourites throughout May half term.

Themed film seasons include Acts of Rebellion, provocative films following characters rebelling against the norm; Star Nhà Ease, the best of Vietnamese cinema, makings its debut to UK audiences; and animated favourites exploring New Worlds as part of Kids’ Club. A new Kids’ Club loyalty scheme will also be launched over the school holiday, offering two free tickets after every fourth visit.

Wrapping up the programme at the end of June will be the Northern premiere of The Queen of My Dreams (2023), in partnership with the Yorkshire Indian Film Festival, and a special collaboration with Yorkshire’s Queer Fear, screening thrillers to mark Pride Month in June.

Sally Folkard, Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement, said: “After a five-week residency up at Theatre in the Mill, we’re really excited to return to The Studio with another fantastic film programme.

“Cinema-goers can expect a diverse programme of classic and world cinema plus some special collabs to mark Pride Month. We look forward to welcoming audiences once again to The Studio, and back to Pictureville at the museum once it reopens.”

Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Pictureville Cinema remains closed as Reinforced Aerated Autoclave Concrete(RAAC) remediation works continue.

Home to Pictureville, Yorkshire’s biggest independent cinema with three screens including Europe’s first IMAX and the only public Cinerama venue in the world, the National Science and Media Museum is closed to the public until 2025 to undergo a “once-in-a-generation” transformation.

Pictureville Cinema and Bar is currently closed as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of staff and visitors, following a survey into the presence of RAAC in the building.   

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