Please read our Covid-19 safety information & FAQs before buying tickets

Tickets for our first few weeks of screenings go on sale via the film pages of the website on Monday 14th June.

Before booking tickets for the Picture House please read all of the information on this page, so you know our Covid-safe set up and what to expect from your visit.

When booking tickets at the Picture House you are confirming the following through your purchase:
“1. I confirm that neither myself nor any member of my household or support bubble have experienced any of the following 3 symptoms during the last 14 days:
- A high temperature
- A new and continuous cough
- A loss or change to my sense of smell or taste
2. I confirm that neither myself nor any member of my household or support bubble have been told to self-isolate as part of NHS test and trace or due to needing to quarantine or for any other reason.”

If after you book the tickets you can no longer make the above declarations or you are otherwise feeling unwell, please don’t visit us. Ticket exchange / credit information can be found below.


How is the cinema keeping everyone safe?

We’ve made lots of changes to keep everyone safe. Here are just some of the measures we intend to have in place when re-open (but note that the Government announcement on 21 June 2021 could see minor changes in what we have planned, in which case what follows will be updated):

NOTE: We are required under Government test and trace rules to seek contact details for all customers aged 16 and over on arrival, either via a QR code check in via your smart phone on the NHS Covid-19 app (which you will need to download ahead of your visit and provides a speedier method of checking in), or via a form on a clipboard in our foyer. If you do not wish to scan in to the NHS app, you must provide your full name and contact phone number in writing on arrival.

1. We installed a new ventilation and air extraction system in the ceiling of the auditorium in 2020 to replace the original very old system. It isn’t air conditioning, but air extraction, and draws older air out of the building via ceiling vents and out through the lantern in the roof, drawing new air in at ground level. It therefore does not affect the temperature of the venue. The system will be on during all screenings at a level where it changes the air inside the cinema at above the Government recommended air change rate of 5 times per hour.

2. All seats are reserved and all tickets are sold in advance. This is to ensure appropriate staffing levels and everyone is able to be seated at a distance from other customer groups. You must sit in your reserved seats for everyone’s safety. Please only book a seating group larger than your party size if there are no seating groups the same size as your party left as taking additional adjacent seats off sale further reduces our already reduced capacity.

3. We are ensuring seating groups are 1.5 metres from the nearest seating group on re-opening and asking all customers only to book a seating group that matches their party size (where possible). All seating groups have unimpeded access to the aisle, so you can visit the toilet or kiosk during the film (to avoid queues) without passing people from outside your party at close quarters.

4. We are allowing for an enhanced cleaning regime between screenings on the same day and we have developed an extended cleaning regime for our daily morning cleans.

5. We are wearing face masks and ask you to wear a face mask too – the exception to this is when seated if you are eating and drinking at which point face masks can be removed but must be put back on as soon as you have finished eating or drinking. Masks must be worn whenever you are moving around the cinema.

6. Staff are having their temperatures checked at the start of their working day.

7. We have a one way system in place during the doors (entry) and post film period so you won’t risk bumping into people coming the oppsite way to you, and we are asking everyone to maintain as much distance from others as possible when moving around the building. On arrival you will choose whether to visit the kiosk or go straight to your seat. Once you’re seated you won’t be able to double back to the kiosk until the feature has started

8. We are using ticket scanners to read the QR codes on your printed ticket or smart phone screen so you and our staff are distanced. Please hold your print out or smart phone out at arms length for us to scan the code – so we can remain a good distance away from you at check in.

9. There are nine touch free hand sanitiser points within the cinema, including on entrance and exit.

10. We are asking for kiosk purchases to be made by contactless debit card payment to avoid unnecessary cash handling. Please note we do not accept credit cards.

11. We have installed an extensive protective screen at the kiosk and box office counter to protect you and our staff members.

12. We ask those who use our headsets and bluetooth receivers for audio amplification or audio description to bring their own headphones or earphones (with mini jack) to plug into our receivers. This is more hygienic, since we can effectively clean the receivers between customers but not the headsets. If you forget to bring your own, we have a small number of lightweight headphones for sale at the kiosk for £6.


How do I buy tickets?
Please see our Box Office page for information on prices, tickets for children and young people and how to buy tickets. Links to tickets will be posted on each film page (accessed via the ‘Film & Live Arts’ menu from the home page, then select ‘What’s On’).

If you would like to exchange a paper complimentary ticket, Seat Sponsor free ticket or card 2019/2020 issued gift voucher for advance tickets you can do so in the cinema foyer at the counter but only during a screening (that is once the doors period is over and the queues at the counter are gone). You will need to do this in advance of the screening you wish to attend as for now, for safety reasons, there will be no ‘doors period’ box office facility. Thursdays from 11-12.30 and during the weekend matinee film screening times might be the most convenient times to do this.

Do I need to wear a mask?
The Government rules regarding face masks means you will need to wear a face mask at all times inside our building, including the auditorium. Masks may be removed to drink and eat refreshments purchased from the cinema kiosk, only whilst you are in your cinema seat, and must be put back on again when you are not eating / drinking. We respect that not everyone can wear face masks, but to keep people safe we will offer customers disposable masks if they arrive without their own mask. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask please mention this to a staff member when you are offered a face mask.

What else do I need to know about my cinema visit before I come?
The chance of infection increases the closer you are to people, so we are asking visitors to maintain distance wherever possible from other visitors who are not members of your household, support bubble or group you’ve come to the cinema with.

Please sanitise your hands on entering the cinema using the hand sanitiser station at the front door. Please wash your hands regularly whilst in our building or use the hand sanitiser provided around the building.

Please do not bring your own food and drink into the cinema but instead buy refreshments from our kiosk to support the cinema. You are permitted to bring your own drinking water into the cinema. Payments for refreshments should be made by contactless DEBIT card payment. We do not accept corporate payment cards, benefit cards or credit cards due to the high fees levied for processing these cards and the very small margins we operate under.

Our full Terms of Admission should be consulted for those booking with us or visiting us for the first time.

What will it be like when we come to the cinema?
Please join the cinema queue with all other members of your group. Meet at an outside location and enter the cinema together, then present your code to the Duty Manager at the door.

You’ll be welcomed by the door and reminded to wear your mask and asked to sanitise your hands.

Your booking QR code will be scanned, and your group will be free check in in the foyer via the NHS Covid-19 app, or by completing a visitor form. All those over 16 need to complete this step before you visit the kiosk for food and drink or go straight to your allocated seats. If you have not visited the kiosk on your way into the cinema and decide you would like to, we ask you to wait until the film or event has begun, when everyone else is seated, since during the ‘doors’ period we will be operating a one way system and you won’t be able to go back into the foyer.

Please sit only in your allocated seats to ensure the safety of you and your party, and of our other customers. If you need to get up to visit the toilet or kiosk please ensure you are wearing your face mask – your mask should remain on whilst seated except when you are consuming items from the kiosk.

Keep our staff safe by removing all rubbish and recycling as you leave. Bins which allow disposal of land-fill waste and materials for recycling (cardboard, plastic, cups, paper and cans) are to be found by all doors.

After the film please leave by the fire escape doors – these are to the front of the stalls (either side of the screen) and to the rear of the balcony – rather than returning to the foyer, as we are operating a one-way system for your safety. Please remember to physically distance from other customers as you leave the cinema.

What happens if I become unwell after buying my tickets?
If after you book the tickets you can no longer make these two statements:

“1. I confirm that neither myself nor any member of my household or support bubble have experienced any of the following 3 symptoms during the last 14 days:
- A high temperature
- A new and continuous cough
- A loss or change to my sense of smell or taste
2. I confirm that neither myself nor any member of my household or support bubble have been told to self-isolate as part of NHS test and trace or due to needing to quarantine or for any other reason.”

or you are otherwise feeling unwell, please don’t visit us. Please contact the cinema as soon as possible for a credit voucher equal to the face value of the tickets to be sent to you by emailing, at the latest by 8pm on the day prior to the screening, giving your name and booking reference. We cannot guarantee ticket cancellation requests received after this time will be able to be actioned, but we do our best to be helpful to our customers.

I have an access query. Where can I find information?
The Picture House strives to be accessible to all customers. Access information, including information on wheelchair spaces and level access, toilet facilities, assistance dogs, accessible screenings and free carer tickets for those who have a CEA card, is here


Is my expired Gift Voucher still valid?
Our Gift Vouchers web page explains how we are honouring unused gift vouchers and provides a link to buy new style gift vouchers.

I have a Picture This membership. Has my membership been extended?
Our Picture This scheme was phased out (in autumn 2019) but those Picture This members whose membership expired anytime from 17th March 2020 onwards (so were current Picture This members when we first closed) will have their Picture This period extended by the number of days they had unexpired, with this period beginning on our re-opening date 28 June 2021.

Has my Picture House Membership be extended?
Our new Membership scheme (allowing Membership for 1, 2 or 3 years) started in October 2019. Thanks to everyone who has joined. All Members have had their original Membership period extended by 468 days. We have emailed all Members in the run up to re-opening the cinema. Customers wanting to join the Membership scheme should visit Membership for information.

How can I help support the cinema?
Aww, you guys are ace! Thanks for asking; we are feeling the love. Well, firstly, and for free, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share important posts from us.

We really recommend customers receive our weekly listings by email, since we are currently not producing a monthly paper programmes. If you haven’t already, please sign up for the email newsletter via the link on our home page.

You can also join the Friends of the Picture House . The Friends are a friendly bunch of volunteers who constantly support us with excellent schemes such as their Making Friends monthly cinema trip for refugees and asylum seekers, and with fundraising and ideas, and the Friends will no doubt help us massively when we re-open. Friends membership is free too.

I would like to Sponsor a Seat! How do I go about this?
We run a seat sponsorship scheme, via the Friends of the Picture House, to support projects in the cinema (such as the balcony refurbishment), investment in the building and new technology needed. Have your own name on your own cinema seat and support our projects at the cinema! Packages range from £100 – £250 – some include tickets, drinks and our wonderful History Book. Visit our Sponsor A Seat page for more information.