The Picture House is a thriving, independent, not-for-profit cinema operated by Hebden Royd Town Council. There is an evening screening daily, family matinees at weekends and every day during school holidays, weekend teatime screenings and an elevenses screening every Thursday morning (with free tea and biscuits). The Saturday teatimes rotate between our Reel Film (35mm film) screenings, Friends Presents… (Friends of the Picture House film selection and hosting), Teatime Classic (old time classics) and Surreal Reels (cult / transgressive / edgy cinema) on the last Saturday of the month.
Our contemporary film programme focuses on new releases and ranges from mainstream to art-house and foreign language with regular screenings of specialist films and touring programmes from a range of organisations, including the British Film Institute. The Picture House also participates in festivals such as the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, the Yorkshire Silent Film Festivals and Happy Valley Pride.
We also screen broadcasts of live arts with content received direct by satellite from The National Theatre, The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Berlin Philharmonic and Glyndebourne Opera amongst others.
We pride ourselves on providing personal service coupled with great cinema technology in the traditional surroundings of our recently refurbished 1920s cinema. The auditorium seats over 500, and we mainly use the stalls seating area, which is fully accessible, closer to the screen and boasts brand new seats and excellent leg room. We serve tea in proper mugs and sell locally baked cakes. You can have a glass of wine or a beer at your seat, or go for a tub of Yorkshire ice cream or some popcorn if you’re feeling old-school!
We’re a cash only venue, so entry to films is paid on the door (the doors open 45 minutes prior to a film start time), and pre-booking is only available (and very much recommended) for our Live Arts and Special Events, where our doors open 1 hour before the main event start time. Our annual Picture This membership scheme provides free cinema tickets and hot drinks, and money off all film entry and tickets for live arts screenings. We also have a thriving Friends of the Picture House supporter group, who are all volunteers and assist the cinema in various ways and this is free to join.
Our current three year business plan, which runs to 2018, can be viewed (PDF format)
Our Hebden Bridge Picture House Terms of Admission can be viewed here (PDF format)