Hebden Bridge Picture House in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, is one of the last remaining council owned cinemas in Britain.
The Picture House, built from 1919-1921, is a thriving independent cinema with evening screenings daily, matinees and tea time screenings at weekends and matinees most days during school holidays, and an ‘Elevenses’ screening every Thursday morning (with free tea and biscuits). It also screens live broadcasts of theatre, opera, ballet, music and arts documentaries via satellite. It has both digital and 35mm projection facilities. It has one screen with over 500 seats, and mainly operates from the stalls (accessible) seating downstairs, where the seats were new in 2016 and offer great legroom. It has a kiosk / bar serving hot and cold drinks, cake, popcorn, sweets, chocolates and savoury snacks.
The Picture House offers a wide ranging programme of film and live events. Screening anywhere between 16 and 26 films a month, there’s plenty to choose from. The programme ranges from mainstream and blockbuster 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. Certain screenings come with subtitles and / or audio description – see the programme for details.