Cinema-goers have ‘best of both worlds’ as venue goes digital

A full house for Hebden Bridge Picture House gala night, April 2012
A full house for Hebden Bridge Picture House gala night, April 2012

A SCI-FI special will launch the digital age for cinema-goers at Hebden Bridge Picture House.

The first film to be screened digitally when the new hi-tech projection system kicks in tomorrow is Ridley Scott’s 15-rated movie Prometheus.

But it won’t spell the end for the kind of arthouse and foreign language films that the venue is famed for.

Coun Susan Press, chair of the Picture House Committee, said the handover by Calderdale Council to Hebden Royd Town Council of the 90-year-old cinema had given it “the best of both worlds”.

She said: “In the future we will be getting films as soon as they come out and we will have more to choose from.

“It is important to stress that we will be retaining the old equipment so we will still be showing the arthouse films.”

The 490-seat Picture House is also celebrating the return of former duty manager Liz North as its new manager.

Liz has been involved with the Picture House as a user since the early 1990s and was involved with the Friends of the Picture House when the cinema was under threat from closure in 1999.

She said: “The Picture House really is a special place and it’s my job to keep the unique programming and deliver the improvements and investment the Picture House and its users deserve. Not only will the Picture House have the latest technology, providing brilliant images and sound, but we will also have a greater range of films to screen each month.”

On Sunday, July 22, The Picture House will screen The Last Projectionist, a timely new documentary charting the history of the UK’s independent cinemas. Director and owner of the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, Tom Lawes, will attend the screening to hold a question-and-answer session with the audience after the film.

l See Page 20 for details of the films showing at the Picture House from tomorrow, through into next week.