WITH A MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT
With the Hyde Park Picture House set to close its doors and begin work on a major development from the end of February, it has been announced that the cinema will continue screening films throughout 2020, with the launch of its On the Road film programme.
Starting mid-February, the cinema will begin screening an exciting mix of new independent films, documentaries, cult-classics and family favourites – working in partnership with venues across the city, including Leeds University Union, Heart in Headingley, The Brunswick and the Brudenell Social Club.
This follows the announcement last year that the UK’s last remaining gas-lit cinema has secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £2.3million to deliver The Picture House Project, that will see the Grade II listed building undergo essential repair and restoration work, alongside the creation of new accessible facilities including a brand new second screen.
It has also been announced that Francis Lee, the BAFTA-nominated writer and director of the acclaimed 2017 hit God’s Own Country, is set to become the Picture House’s first ever patron. Yorkshire-born and an avid supporter of the cinema, Lee is currently working on his new film Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, due for release later this year.
The Picture House Project will see the cinema undergo essential conservation work to the façade and existing auditorium, alongside the creation of new facilities, including a larger foyer space and a second screen located in the cinema’s large basement. The project will also allow the cinema’s rich history to be explored and celebrated through archival screenings, heritage tours and educational workshops – helping to tell the story of film making and film watching in the region.
The cinema remains open as normal until the end of February with a busy upcoming schedule of the latest new independent releases, including Jojo Rabbit, 1917, Waves, The Lighthouse and Parasite.