One of the jewels in the North’s independent cinema scene, Leeds’ Hyde Park Picture House is about to emerge from a three-year period of refurbishment and redevelopment. The historic venue closed in March 2020 as long-planned works commenced to both protect and preserve the century-old Grade II-listed building, while ensuring local communities have access to an high-quality, up-to-date cinema-going experience.
Thanks to help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as continued support from Leeds City Council and assorted Friends and partners across the city, the existing auditorium has been refurbished and a second screen added in the basement. That means twice as many films and more variety across a programme full of world cinema, timeless classics and the latest awards contenders.
we can’t wait for the projectors to start whirring once again at this historic picture house.
The cinema is scheduled to reopen its doors sometime in April and we are eagerly awaiting news of the official reopening programme. In the meantime, Hyde Park Picture House have revealed details of their new membership plans which incorporate all kinds of film buff perks, such as free cinema tickets, money off films and MUBI trials.
They have also hinted at some of their new cinema strands, including a focus on classic film with rare 35mm screenings, iconic sci-fi and horror, documentaries and family-friendly flicks. That’s in addition to the best in new African cinema, supported by Leeds African Communities, an exploration of the intersection of philosophy and film, and international artist moving image works.
We will bring you more as it is announced, but we can’t wait for the projectors to start whirring once again at this historic picture house.