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Science and Media Museum

Widescreen Weekend

Widescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies celebrating the past, present and future of film. 

Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences—glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical.

Created to celebrate large-format film and showcase the museum’s fantastic projection facilities, Widescreen Weekend formed part of Bradford International Film Festival for many years, and now runs as an expanded standalone festival.

Pictureville Cinema and Cinerama

Pictureville—the spiritual home of Widescreen Weekend—was described by Lord Puttnam as ‘the best cinema in the world’. Its deeply curved, louvred screen makes the National Science and Media Museum one of only three public venues in the world that can still show Cinerama, in both 35mm and digital formats.

Back in 1952, Cinerama, an ultra-wide film format, was created to be the ultimate in immersive cinema; today, Pictureville also has the latest 4K digital projection system and fabulous 7.1 surround sound. Widescreen Weekend is your only opportunity to see Cinerama films on Pictureville's unique screen. Don't miss out!

Widescreen Weekend 2016

Wiidescreen Weekend 2016

In 2016 we celebrated the 20th edition of Widescreen Weekend. New faces met old friends as we delved into the past, present and future of film, with everything from widescreen classics to virtual reality. Our screenings included modern classics such as Aliens and Ghostbusters, alongside The Agony and the Ecstasy and Vertigo in 70mm, family favourite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the ever-popular Cineramacana.

Interactive virtual reality demos popped up around the museum, and our panel of experts debated the question of whether VR is the ultimate widescreen experience. We introduced our first ever student day, culminating in a screening of all eight short films shortlisted for the BKSTS Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition.

As ever, we welcomed amazing special guests too. Actor, singer and star of The Golden Head Jess Conrad introduced a new digital remaster of this Cinerama comedy caper, showing at Widescreen Weekend in a European premiere. Before our screening of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond girl Jenny Hanley joined us for a discussion of her star-studded career in film, TV and radio.

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Contact us

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Festival Director: Kathryn Penny
01274 203 006 /

Press and PR Manager: Phil Oates
01274 203 317 /

For delegate enquiries, contact Rebecca Hill, Festival Coordinator
01274 202 031 /

To find out how you can get involved, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Joseph Walker, Senior Development Executive
01274 202 052 /