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Pictureville Cinema reopening programme announced

The National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema will reopen to the public this autumn with a unique programme of blockbusters, family favourites, independent film, and live cinema experiences.

Last month the museum announced that its cinemas will have a phased reopening, starting with the Pictureville screen on 17 September 2020 and followed by the IMAX and Cubby Broccoli screens on 2 October 2020. The cinemas have been closed to the public since March due to Covid-19 and will reopen with enhanced safety and hygiene procedures in place.

Tickets are now available for Pictureville’s special reopening event on Thursday 17 September in partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive. Visitors can see two showings of Bradford on Film at 16.30 and 19.00, exploring remarkable film footage of Bradford throughout every decade of the 20th century and into the 21st.

The IMAX screen will reopen on the 2 October with Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated action epic Tenet, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences shot with IMAX cameras will visually expand to fill the entire giant screen, allowing audiences to experience more of the image with IMAX’s trademark sharpness and clarity. Tickets for Tenet are available online now.

Highlights on the Pictureville screen from 18 September include Mission: Impossible – Fallout, La Haine (4K Restoration), White Riot, Nocturnal, The Perfect Candidate, Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, and NT Live: Fleabag.

From the 25 September, Pictureville will also be showing The Wizard of Oz, Alien, Parasite: Black & White Edition, Clemency, David Attenborough: Life on Our Planet, and NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac. Trolls World Tour will also be screening as part of the cinema’s Kids’ Club.

Pictureville is also introducing a ‘You-Choose-Day’ on the first two Tuesdays of reopening, giving audiences the power to programme what they want to see in the cinema. On 22 and 29 September the programme will be opened up to visitors, letting them decide what film they would like to see brought to Pictureville, including a musicals and comedy night. Visitors can head to the museum’s Facebook page to cast their vote for either Shaun of the Dead or Monthy Python’s Life of Brian on the comedy night, and La La Land or A Star is Born on musicals night.

Kathryn Penny, Head of Screen Operation, said:

“We are thrilled to be reopening Pictureville Cinema after all this time. The past months have been incredibly challenging for the museum and our cinema operation, as has been the case across the sector. We hope that audiences are as excited as we are to get back up and running and we have an excellent programme of events lined up to mark the occasion. We also want to reassure our visitors that theirs and our staff’s safety is our top priority and we are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure that their trip to the museum and our cinemas is safe.”

The museum also recently announced the programme for this year’s Widescreen Weekend film festival. The popular festival which celebrates the past, present and future of cinema technology, will return on 9–11 October and this year will explore the work of pioneering female film editors, restorations and rediscoveries of cult and classic films, childhood favourites, and a special look at early 3D cinema.

Tickets for Widescreen Weekend will be released in early September, along with details of new additions to the programme. The public can also sign up to the festival newsletter for the latest updates.

For more information about the Pictureville Cinema reopening programme, visit our cinema page. You can also follow Widescreen Weekend on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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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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