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Science and Media Museum

Pictureville Cinema

Described by Lord Puttnam as ‘the best cinema in the world’, Pictureville is one of a kind. Relax in the beautiful auditorium and enjoy everything from the latest big releases to lost classics on Pictureville's deeply curved screen.

About the cinema

With a deeply curved, louvred screen, Pictureville is one of only three public venues in the world that can still show Cinerama—right in the heart of Bradford, UNSECO City of Film. Today, Pictureville also has the latest 4K digital projection system and fabulous 7.1 surround sound.

  • Pictureville was converted from Bradford’s Library Theatre into the current 306-seat cinema in 1992.
  • Cinerama uses three 35mm projectors with sound and picture locked to create one ‘triptych’ image on the 146° curved screen.
  • Many famous faces have appeared on the Pictureville stage, including Ray Winstone, Michael Palin, Alan Bennett and Barbara Windsor.



In 1952, well before modern IMAX, Cinerama was launched as the ultimate in immersive cinema.

Using synchronised 35mm projectors, three images are projected simultaneously to produce an ultra-wide picture. A 146° curved screen is required to achieve this triptych effect.

A Cinerama system was installed at Pictureville in 1993, making the screening of this rare format possible in both 35mm and digital.

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 screened as part of Widescreen Weekend, our yearly festival of large-screen formats celebrating the past, present and future of film.