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Museum’s new independent cinema operation to launch this week

On Friday 1 November 2019 the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford will launch its new independent cinema operation, Pictureville.

The launch follows the announcement in September that the museum has appointed INDY Cinema Group to deliver its diverse and exciting film programme from November onwards.

In its opening week Pictureville will be showing the much-anticipated new Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep, plus Terminator: Dark Fate, and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You. There will also be special event cinema showings, including a Royal Opera House Live screening of Concerto & Other Ballets and a National Theatre Live showing of Hansard. Tickets are also now on sale for the Bolshoi Ballet Le Corsaire screening on 17 November 2019.

During October half term, cinemagoers can also see A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon as part of the museum’s wider programme of family activities in partnership with Aardman Animations and STUDIOCANAL, including model making workshops, animation activities and a chance to see sets and characters from the new movie.  

The new programme will explore a broad range of classic cinema, starting in late November with a special ‘Breathless Sensation’ series to accompany the museum’s exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of British cinema pioneer Robert Paul, with screenings of King Kong (1933), Mary Poppins (1964) and The Matrix (1999).

Pictureville will also show the latest blockbusters including soon to be released fan favourites Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Tickets for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are on sale now, and it was recently announced that the cinema will host special screenings of the previous movies in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), on 18 December 2019 ahead of a midnight screening of the latest film at 00.01am on 19 December 2019.

Commenting on the new cinema operation, Head of Screen Operation, Kathryn Penny, said:

“We’re really excited to officially launch our independent cinema operation, Pictureville, on 1 November. The new cinemas will show a diverse range of films from the best indie releases to family favourites and blockbusters. We have a fantastic programme lined up for opening week, including showings of the latest Shaun the Sheep movie, Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, plus special event cinema including National Theatre and Royal Opera House Lives.

“We also recently announced that tickets for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are now on sale, including a special midnight screening on the day of its release. Despite only going on sale last week the tickets are already selling fast, so don’t miss out on getting yours!”

The National Science and Media Museum boasts unrivalled facilities—three individual cinema theatres, the only public Cinerama screen outside the USA, the ability to screen digital 4k, 35mm, 70mm, as well as IMAX 3D on the biggest screen in West Yorkshire. It will also be launching a brand-new membership scheme to come into effect in November (existing Picturehouse members will continue to get their same benefits for the full duration of their scheme).

More details about Pictureville, the upcoming programme and tickets can be found on our cinema page.


For further details or images please contact: Katie Canning, Press and PR Manager, National Science and Media Museum / 01274 203 027

Notes for editors

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.

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