Yorkshire’s independent cinemas are more than just places to catch a film – they’re proper cultural hubs. Here are five of our favourites:
Hyde Park Picture House
This utterly gorgeous palace of cinema in the suburbs had the seal set on its revival over the last decade with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year. It’s been a true local institution since 1914, and along with its handsome Art Deco looks it’s endeared itself with a proudly arthouse and independent programme.
73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD
0113 275 2045
Just like pretty much everything else in Ilkley, their cinema is adorably snack-sized, deeply charming and of really high quality – it’s Europe’s smallest 4K cinema, which means you get ultra-high def screenings of both blockbusters and esoteric picks in a cute building with a very nice bar and café and a balcony with views of the moor. It’s like your living room, basically, but absolutely loads better.
45–50 Leeds Road, Ilkley LS29 8DP
Hebden Bridge Picture House
If there’s any town in Yorkshire which screams ‘THIS IS A PLACE WHERE AN INDEPENDENT CINEMA SHOULD BE’ very loudly, it’s Hebden Bridge. Happily, this one’s a pearler: on top of mainstream stuff, they show cult classics past and present, sharp documentaries and host occasional Q&A events with filmmakers.
New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD
The two screens here pack in a surprising amount of big-hitting releases as well as National Theatre and Royal Opera productions recorded for the screen, and under-the-radar critical smashes.
Station Yard, Richmond DL10 4LD
The four screens here show mainstream, arthouse and cult flicks, with dementia-friendly screenings and their excellent Cine 26 scheme, which pegs ticket prices at £4.50 for film fans aged 26 and under. It’s a venue for the BFI Film Academy, too, which gives creative types between 16 and 19 a chance to hone their skills.
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX
0114 275 7727