The UK’s last remaining gas-lit cinema, Hyde Park Picture House, is undergoing a major refurbishment having secured £2.3million from a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. It’ll see the Grad II listed building undergo essential repair and restoration work. This includes new accessible features.
Despite closing its doors as part of a major redevelopment project, Hyde Park Picture House is still going to continue screening films. It’ll just need to borrow a few good venues!
The historic cinema is screening a mix of new films, documentaries and more in partnership with different venues across the city. These include Leeds Leeds University Union, Heart in Headingley, The Brunswick and the Brudenell Social Club. All the venues seem to have been chosen because they’re in keeping with the Hyde Park Picture House vibe. Quirky, cute and independent.
Wendy Cook, Head of Cinema said: “The Picture Houses’ story has been over 100 years in the making, shaped by hundreds of thousands of film lovers. Having the opportunity to safeguard the cinema for another 100 years is both a privilege and a pleasure.”
Paul Scholey, Chairperson of the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Board, added: “As custodians of three of Leeds’ most historic cultural venues, we’re very proud of the important role Hyde Park Picture House plays in making our city so special.
Finding a way to preserve historic buildings, which is both true to the story of the building and of value to the community who enjoy it, is a challenge. But with the support of the many fantastic partners we’ve had on this project, we feel more confident than ever that we have found that way forward, and as a result, the future of this wonderful gas-lit cinema is secured at last.”
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