The National Science and Media Museum’s iconic Pictureville Cinema is set to host a series of screenings at The Studio, a versatile theatre space located adjacent to the Alhambra Theatre, starting from February 8. This initiative comes as the main cinema undergoes temporary closure, offering cinephiles a unique cinematic experience in the interim.
Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio promises audiences a blend of classic and cult cinema, special screenings, and the rare opportunity to watch films that have seldom graced the big screen before. Held at The Studio next to the Alhambra, the program, titled Pictureville Presents, boasts a diverse lineup catering to film enthusiasts, featuring added attractions such as film introductions and special events.
Among the featured film seasons are Cinema Unbound: The Creative World of Powell + Pressburger, Rebel Women showcasing documentary films about trailblazing women, the weekly Kids’ Club** on Saturday mornings, From Stage to Screen reflecting the unique Alhambra Theatre setting, collaborations with the Bradford Queer Film Festival, and a February celebration of love titled Love Is.
The specially curated film program will kick off on Thursday, February 8, with a matinee featuring Powell and Pressburger’s I Know Where I’m Going (1945) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). The opening night screenings will include Black Narcissus (1947), introduced by Dr. Andrew Moor, Reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the documentary Tish (2023).
Sally Folkard, Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement said: “While Pictureville is closed, we’re excited to be able to bring cinemagoers this special programme at The Studio. Pictureville Presents will give audiences the opportunity to see films rarely screened on the big screen, plus the chance to experience a broad programme of independent, world cinema and classic titles that Pictureville is known for. We look forward to welcoming audiences to The Studio, and back to Pictureville at the museum once it reopens.”
As Pictureville Cinema remains closed for at least six months due to ongoing Reinforced Aerated Autoclave Concrete (RAAC) investigations, the National Science and Media Museum continues its refurbishment, temporarily closing its doors. However, the museum’s team of Explainers is taking the show on the road, offering free family half-term activities in shopping centres and community venues across Bradford, starting from February 12. Families can delve into the wonders of space through live shows, stalls, and hands-on activities suitable for all ages.
For more information on Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio and to book tickets, visit www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/cinema. Additionally, for details on the free February half-term activities, visit www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/space-half-term.
The event, Pictureville Presents: Cinema at The Studio, is made possible with support from Film Hub North, with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.