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Opened in 1967 as part of a new library complex, the 395 seat Library Theatre was never very successful. The Playhouse Theatre attracted the cream of the available productions and in the late-1980’s it was offered to the Bradford Museum of Photography Film and Television which is situated alongside. After much controversy it closed as a theatre and was converted into the Pictureville Cinema with 306 seats in a single curved rake. The conversion cost £855,000
The cinema is very comfortable and has state of the art facilities capable of screening films in any format. I believe it is now the only cinema in Europe which can screen Cinerama using the original 3-projector system on a vast curved 51 feet wide screen. 16mm, 35mm and 70mm can also be screened with the screen masked to the correct ratios.
It is the centre of the annual Bradford Film Festival and often has ‘classic’ screenings. It is extremely popular and is now part of the National Media Museum.
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