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Science and Media Museum

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

The beautiful Pictureville Cinema is equipped with the latest 4K digital projection system and fabulous 7.1 surround sound, as well as its deeply curved, louvred screen—all in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film.

  • Pictureville was converted from Bradford’s Library Theatre into the current 306-seat cinema in 1992.
  • Pictureville is one of only three public venues in the world that can still show 3-strip Cinerama.
  • Many famous faces have appeared on the Pictureville stage, including Ray Winstone, Michael Palin, Alan Bennett and Barbara Windsor.



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

Read more about the history of Cinerama in Bradford