Pictureville Cinema Reopening Programme Announced

Tickets for Tenet in IMAX on sale from 26 August

The National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema will reopen to the public this autumn with a unique programme of blockbusters, family favourites, independent film, and live cinema experiences.

Last month the museum announced that its cinemas will have a phased reopening, starting with the Pictureville screen on the 17 September and followed by the IMAX and Cubby Broccoli screens on the 2 October. The cinemas have been closed to the public since March due to Covid-19 and will reopen with enhanced safety and hygiene procedures in place.

Tickets are now available for Pictureville’s special reopening event on the 17 September in partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive. Visitors can see two showings of Bradford on Film at 16.30 and 19.00, exploring remarkable film footage of Bradford throughout every decade of the 20th century, and into the 21st.

The IMAX screen will reopen on the 2 October with Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated action epic Tenet, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences shot with IMAX cameras will visually expand to fill the entire giant screen, allowing audiences to experience more of the image with IMAX’s trademark sharpness and clarity. Tickets for Tenet are available online from the 26 August.

Highlights on the Pictureville screen from the 18 September include Mission Impossible: Fallout, La Haine (4K Restoration), White Riot, Nocturnal, The Perfect Candidate, Elvis: That’s the Way it is, and National Theatre Live: Fleabag.

From the 25 September, Pictureville will also be showing The Wizard of Oz, Alien, Parasite: Black and White Edition, Clemency, Make-Up, David Attenborough: Life on Our Planet, Les Miserables, and National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac. Trolls World Tour will also be screening as part of the cinema Kids Club.

Pictureville is also introducing a “You-Choose-Day” on the first two Tuesdays of reopening, giving audiences the power to programme what they want to see in the cinema. On the 22 and 29 September the programme will be opened up to visitors, letting them decide what film they would like to see brought to Pictureville, including a musicals and comedy night. Visitors can head to the Facebook page to cast their vote for either Shaun of the Dead or Monthy Python’s Life of Brian on the comedy night, and La La Land or A Star is Born on musicals night.

Kathryn Penny, Head of Screen Operation, said: “We are thrilled to be reopening Pictureville Cinema after all this time. The past months have been incredibly challenging for the museum and our cinema operation, as has been the case across the sector. We hope that audiences are as excited as we are to get back up and running and we have an excellent programme of events lined up to mark the occasion. We also want to reassure our visitors that theirs and our staff’s safety is our top priority and we are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure that their trip to the museum and our cinemas is safe.”

The museum also recently announced the programme for this year’s Widescreen Weekend film festival. The popular festival which celebrates the past, present and future of cinema technology, will return between the 9 – 11 October and this year will explore the work of pioneering female film editors, restorations and rediscoveries of cult and classic films, childhood favourites, and a special look at early 3D cinema.

Tickets for Widescreen Weekend will be released in early September, along with details of new additions to the programme. The public can also sign up to the festival newsletter for the latest updates.

For more information about Pictureville Cinema and Widescreen Weekend, visit: https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/cinema

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