Ilkley Cinema

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Visit Leeds

In the era of streaming we no longer rely on the cinemas to watch the latest releases and blockbuster hits. We do however, need the theatre, the drama, the occasion of going to the pictures to see those independent gems or art films. Ilkley cinema is a picture house that combines the comfort of your own living room and inventive programming with the theatrics and occasion of going to the cinema. Their scaled down screening room, with plush sofas and table service, elevates cinema to so much more than just watching a film.

See documentaries, art films and contemporary indie flicks from both British and foreign production houses

One of the main features in Ilkley Cinema’s programming is the density of independent films. These treasured cultural gems rarely make it out of the festivals and big cities but often Ilkley will be showing them weeks in advance. See documentaries, art films and contemporary indie flicks from both British and foreign production houses, with the confidence that Ilkley Cinema never screens a picture for the sake of it.

You can watch more than just films at Ilkley cinema. They often screen theatre, opera, dance and sports from around the globe, bringing international art and culture to the people of Ilkley. It allows audiences to watch something intended for communal enjoyment in that setting, without having to travel for miles and buy expensive tickets.

When it comes to cinema snacks Ilkley Cinema offer way more than the sugar-filled soft drinks and sweets. You can enjoy a daytime barista-made coffee or an evening glass of Prosecco and noodle box, all of which can be delivered straight to your seat. Either side of watching the film, you can discuss the picture over a drink on the balcony, surrounded by the Moor’s crags, rocks and grandeur. We couldn’t think of a better setting to dissect the meaning behind each shot.

46a Leeds Road,IlkleyLS29 8DP View map
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