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Pictureville Cinema returns to the Alhambra Theatre’s Studio with new programme of films

Following a residency at the University of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill, the National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema will be returning to The Studio, while the main cinema remains temporarily closed.  

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

Featured film seasons include Acts of Rebellion, provocative films following characters rebelling against the norm; Star Nhà Ease, the best of Vietnamese cinema, making 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 May half term, 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 queer thrillers to mark Pride month in June.  

Sally Folkard, Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement commented: “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. Cinemagoers 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 Cinema remains closed as Reinforced Aerated Autoclave Concrete (RAAC) remediation works continue.  

For more information about Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio and to book tickets, visit our website.


For more information, please contact Brittany Noppe, Senior Press Officer, / 01274 203356

A media pack of images is available to download.

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

About the National Science and Media Museum

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. It draws on more than three million objects from its national collection to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.

The museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and is 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.

Please note, the museum is now temporarily closed to the public until 2025 to undergo a ‘once-in-a-generation’ transformation. Pictureville Cinema and Bar is currently temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of staff and visitors, following a survey into the presence of Reinforced Aerated Autoclave Concrete (RAAC) in the building.  For more information and updates on re-opening, please visit our website.