Picture House

North Street,
Keighley, BD21 3AF

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One of the oldest cinemas in Britain, the Picture House in Keighley screened its first film on 10 May 1913.

It has changed somewhat since that time when in addition to film fare it’s small stage was sometimes pressed into use for variety – and later on, pop concerts. The cinema has been modernised on more than one occasion.

It originally seated 866, divided between stalls and a single balcony and was an independent cinema until it was acquired by Essoldo in 1954 and later passed to Classic Cinemas who twinned the cinema in the mid-1970’s.

It eventually closed in 1991 but was reopened, still as a twin screen operation, by a small circuit – Northern Morris Cinemas – who have continued to make improvements to the 308 seat screen 1 and the 93 seat screen 2 including the installation of pullman seats throughout, Dolby Surround sound and air conditioning in screen 2.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2007 at 8:17 am

This is a recent photo of the Picture House.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2007 at 10:09 am

Here is another recent photo of the Picture House.

Mikebsc
Mikebsc on July 24, 2007 at 7:08 pm

Here is a pretty photo taken of the screen tabs in screen 1.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

This is a nice 2009 close-up shot.

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