Market Walk,
Holmfirth, HD9 1DA

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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

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

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 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

KenRoe 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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 1, 2006 at 3:36 pm

This is a photo of the Picturedrome.

Ian on January 8, 2007 at 12:19 am

Exterior of the Picturedrome :-

Interior photo here :-

both date from 1997.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm

This is a recent exterior photo. You can read the year 1912 on the building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

Here is another 2008 exterior view.

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