Leeds has a thriving cultural scene, with film being at the heart of it. Thanks to many events across the city, including the Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds is now a big player in the film industry. Whilst Leeds does have many larger cinemas, for example Vue or Showcase, it also has plenty of picture houses and hidden gems that are well worth a visit.
Cottage Road Cinema
This is one of my favourites! Cottage Road has been screening movies continuously since 1912 and is arguably one of the oldest cinemas in the country. With only 1 screen the choice of movie is quite limited, but that doesn’t stop them from showing both blockbusters and indie flicks alike.
With the traditional red velvet curtain and staff members selling ice cream in the interval, this cinema trip will be a welcome blast from the past. They even screen a Christmas Eve special of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, complete with mince pies and mulled wine, so if you are here over the festive period I would definitely recommend heading over there.
Hyde Park Picture House
Situated in Hyde Park, the Picture House has quite the following from both students and local residents. Again, they have quite an eclectic mix of movie choices but there’s always something interesting going on, for example a dog friendly screening of Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ (which you can imagine was pretty amazing!)
You better be quick though; the picture house will be closed for a year from this summer and will be undergoing a substantial renovation.
For me, this is a bit of a payday treat or special occasion as the tickets are pretty expensive, but the off-peak student prices make it a bit more manageable.
As with Vue or Showcase, Everyman often have midnight screenings of the latest blockbuster movies such as Avengers or Star Wars. However, the sofas are so comfortable that it is often a little harder to stay awake!
The screens themselves are very luxurious, with cushions, foot rests and wine coolers built into your side table. If that isn’t enough, you can also order food and drinks at the bar and have them brought into you after you’ve settled in for the movie, who doesn’t like being waited on?
Armley Mills Industrial Museum
This hidden gem is one of the smallest working cinemas in the world, but that just adds to the appeal. Hidden in the Armley Mills Industrial museum, this tiny 1920’s cinema is a perfect day out for movie lovers or those interested in local history.
They have 2 screening times throughout the week, with classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s shown on Wednesday afternoons and kid friendly matinees on Saturdays, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like.
However, they don’t publish their listings online, so you’re best off emailing to see what’s coming up.