Bradford Imax Cinema

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The Bradford Imax Cinema, housed within the Bradford Museum of Photography, Film and Television was the first Imax cinema in the UK.

The building stands on a historic site which was previously occupied by two ‘piggy-back’ theatres one above the other and unique in the UK. The lower theatre, the Star Music Hall (later Palace Theatre) was a two tier theatre seating 1,191 and was opened in 1875. This theatre housed possibly the first demonstation of Lumiere Cinematograph outside London in 1896. Above it was the Princes Theatre, opened 1876. Both were demolished in 1964.

The Wardley Centre was constructed on the site, being completed in 1967 and containing the New Princes Theatre, however no-one was interested in running the new theatre and it was never fitted out, remaining an empty shell until 1983 when the Museum was opened. They adapted the shell of the theatre and used the balcony as seating for the Imax with the screen situated in front of the stage, which (together with the rear stalls area) was subsequently partition off to form part of the museum galleries.

The screen measures 45 feet by 62 feet and the former balcony accommodates an audience of 340 patrons.

The Imax continues successfully, although several other such installations have now opened elsewhere in the UK.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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davies
davies on December 17, 2003 at 10:14 am

please ring Jamshaid Yousef or myself asap so that we can book a trip for 15 younbg people and 2 staff for the week begining 19th January 2004. numbers available on mobile 07968244706
or office on 01282 440299. Thank you look forward to hearing from you soon. Clare Davies and jamshaid yousef.

davies
davies on December 17, 2003 at 10:16 am

please ring Jamshaid Yousef or myself asap so that we can book a trip for 15 younbg people and 2 staff for the week begining 19th January 2004. numbers available on mobile 07968244706
or office on 01282 440299. Thank you look forward to hearing from you soon. Clare Davies and jamshaid yousef.

greywer
greywer on August 29, 2004 at 9:28 pm

You should not forget the Pictureville Cinema which is also part of the museum.

This cinema is fully equipped to show just about any film format including 3 strip Cinerama.

HJHill
HJHill on May 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

The Pictureville Cinema began life as the “Library Theatre”, built as part of the new Bradford Central Library constructed in the late 1960s.

Interesting that the National Media Museum’s two cinemas were both built to be live theatres!

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