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About Pictureville Cinema

Pictureville—where cinema lives. Set inside the National Science and Media Museum, our three fantastic screens show everything from blockbusters to arthouse in Bradford, UNESCO City of Film.

We’re making some changes

Pictureville is the new name for cinema at the National Science and Media Museum from 1 November 2019. 

Following a successful five-year partnership with Picturehouse, we’re excited to announce that we’re returning to an independent cinema operation. We’ll be working with INDY Cinema Group to continue to bring you a diverse and exciting programme on your favourite screens, and we’ll be offering a great new membership scheme too.


Along with our new name, we’ll launch a brand-new membership scheme from 1 November 2019. Read more about membership, including FAQs for existing members.

Our programme

We have three screens: Pictureville and IMAX on Level 0, and Cubby Broccoli Cinema on Level 1. They show everything from the latest 3D blockbusters and family favourites to arthouse film and cult classics—see what’s on.

Look out for our special seasons, which bring classic movies and undiscovered gems back to the big screen. And every October we host Widescreen Weekend, a film festival devoted to the past, present and future of cinema.

Our history

In the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, the National Science and Media Museum has a long history of cinema firsts. The museum is also home to a world-class sound and vision collection, including the camera that shot the world’s first moving images.

When it opened in 1983, our IMAX theatre was the first in Europe; it’s still the biggest screen in the region. In 2015 it was upgraded with state-of-the-art digital projection and premium seating—a truly mind-blowing way to experience the movies.

Pictureville theatre opened in 1992 and was described by film producer Lord David Puttnam as ‘the best cinema in the world’. The beautiful auditorium is equipped with the latest 4K digital projection system and 7.1 surround sound, as well as its famous, deeply curved screen. It’s also one of only three public venues in the world that can still show 3-strip Cinerama.

Pictureville has played host to scores of celebrity guests, from legendary actors like Jenny Agutter, Aamir Khan and Ray Winstone, to YouTube superstars The Yogscast and astronaut Tim Peake.

Bradford is the perfect location for our fantastic cinemas—it became the first ever UNESCO City of Film in 2009.


In 1952, Cinerama was launched as the ultimate in immersive cinema. It uses synchronised 35mm projectors to project three images simultaneously, producing an ultra-wide picture. A 146° curved screen is required to achieve this triptych effect. 

Today, just three venues in the world have the ability to screen Cinerama to the public, and Pictureville is the only one of these located outside the USA. 

Cinerama films are shown as part of Widescreen Weekend, our yearly film festival. 

Read more about the history of Cinerama in Pictureville

While you’re here...

Take an incredible journey through the evolution of image and sound technology. Explore our free exhibitions and galleries and discover our collection.