My Community Cornerstone: Hyde Park Picture House
The historic art house cinema in Headingley has become a well-loved and popular community destination since it first opened in 1914.
More than 100 years later - having survived two wars by the skin of its teeth - the cinema still provides escapism for the masses and remains one of the oldest in the UK.
Wrapped up in beautiful Edwardian architecture, you’ll find many of its original features intact throughout, bringing a comforting sense of nostalgia; who doesn’t love a vintage ticket booth or decorated balcony?
The classic facade hides modern touches, with plenty of snug contemporary seats (275, in fact). The picture house claims to be the cosiest cinema in Leeds, a self-declared accolade it has carried since its inception.
The single screen venues plays host to quite the mix of showings - you’ll find indie films, Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies. But it doesn’t just stop there.
The annual screening of It’s a Wonderful Life has become an important event for many families - and younger cinema goers are also encouraged to visit at other times too.
Clubs include BYOBABY, for parents and babies, while Hyde & Seek shows a roster of family-friendly films. A volunteer-led Friends of HPPH programme celebrates the cinema’s heritage, encourages inclusion within the community and promotes of the art of film in the area.
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*Lead image source: University of Huddersfield
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