Picturedrome

Market Walk,
Holmfirth, HD9 1DA

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Picturedrome

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An original silent movie theatre built in 1912 and opened on 1st March 1913 as the Holme Valley Theatre. The Holmfirth Picturedrome is sited in the middle of the small Yorkshire town of Holmfirth.

The cinema itself is quite plain with a barrel vaulted pressed tin ceiling and a few decorative plaster mouldings recently restored. It closed as the Valley Theatre in 1967 and became a bingo club.

Re-opening as a cinema again in 1998, it was closed on 15th March 2007. The Picturedrome was re-opened due to public protests on 25th January 2008 with “Atonement”. The former balcony area became a postcard museum for a while. The stalls area now has removable seating, to allow for other events, such as pop & rock concerts, although films are still programmed.

The town itself is more famous for its association with the long-running BBC TV comedy series "Last of the Summer Wine".

Contributed by Steve Lynch

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160candela
160candela on March 12, 2004 at 4:02 pm

Everytime me and the missus go to Holmfirth we always have a good look at this gem. It’s a real eye catcher!

wingrave
wingrave on May 3, 2005 at 3:58 pm

The cinema was built by the Bamforth company [who produced not only postcards but were the Hollywood of England during the early part of the 20th century – they used the cinema to show their own films which were sold all over the world]. The last time I was there they had a wonderful display of Bamforth cards. Terry Ladlow

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 28, 2005 at 1:08 pm

The original seating capacity was for 799. More on the history and a small exterior photo here: http://www.picturedrome.net/cinema_history.htm

Ian
Ian on January 8, 2007 at 12:19 am

Exterior of the Picturedrome :-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/347808648/

Interior photo here :-
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/347808646/

both date from 1997.

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