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Widescreen Weekend

Widescreen Weekend returns in September 2024 for our unique celebration of the past, present and future of large-screen formats and cinema technologies.

Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences as we showcase the museum’s fantastic projection facilities. Glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical.

What is Widescreen Weekend?

Widescreen Weekend is a festival which focuses on screening a blend of classic and contemporary film, all of which showcase the widescreen aspect ratio using Pictureville Cinema’s world-class projection facilities and highly skilled projectionists. The festival honours the legacy of widescreen films developed during the ratio race of the 1950s and 1960s which strived to offer cinemagoers a new and immersive way to watch film.

At Pictureville Cinema, you can experience Cinerama, the invention that sparked the ‘Widescreen War’ in 1952. This pioneering technology utilizes three synchronized projectors to project images onto a deeply curved and wide screen, accompanied by 7-track surround sound. Pictureville is currently the only remaining operating Cinerama venue in the world.

Learn more about Cinerama on our blog.

Join us for a long weekend of captivating cinema this September and experience glorious print 35mm and 70mm screenings, Cinerama restorations, insightful talks and events that will reignite your love for the magical experience of going to the movies.

Tickets and passes

Festival passes are now on sale and will act as your QR code ticket for all screenings. When you buy a pass, you will also be required to select a seat. This seat will be yours for the duration of the festival, but screenings in Cubby Broccoli will be unallocated and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Full pass: £135 / £115 Concession* / £60 Under 25s

Make sure you’re logged in and we’ll automatically apply your Pictureville membership benefits which includes 20% off the price of a festival pass.

*Concessions available to those over 60, anyone receiving disability benefits, income support or Job Seekers’ Allowance.

Film strands

Widescreen Monthly

Widescreen Monthly is our strand of regular screenings inviting you to rediscover the beauty of widescreen cinema with a classic film from the 1950s to the present.

More information about future screenings coming soon—watch this space.

More information

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