Hey there, heard about Kermode coming on Friday - wondered if you’d been there. Great stuff. I look forward to the podcast :-)
17 reviews of Hyde Park Picture House in English
I just think there's something magical about sitting and watching a film in a historic building (it's one of the oldest cinemas in the world) with a coffee served by someone who actually gives a crap.
If you have a leeds card you get concessionary rate making it half the price of Odeon etc and along with arty stuff and cult old films you'd love to get see at a cinema, they often show films on general release around a month after so you don't miss out.
There are a suprising number of places like this hidden away across the North but this is probably one of the nicest - well worth a visit for all sorts of reasons, no excuse!!!
+ I really really like this cinema. I've seen some good films in this place. I've even paid to watch foreign language films here as i know they would be good quality selections. The place has widened my cinematic experience and i'm not even a film buff.
Plus the people that come to the cinema have come to watch the film so you are guaranteed concentration and quiet.
I like the olde worldliness of the place too. It doesn't seem like the 21st century has arrived which in this case is not a bad thing
- I wish the girl i invited to watch the film "Performance (1970)" with actually turned up.
∑ Thank goodness it's there.
Awesome little cinema with good student rates. I went to see 'Let the Right One In' (an arty independent film) and it certainly felt like the right venue for it. It's small and theatrical inside, very novel. A more fun experience than a commercial cinema.
There's nothing not to love about the Hyde Park Picture House, not only is the place beautiful, showing independent film and breathing life into the small cinema business that slowly has found itself killed by large commercial cinema industries, but the The Hyde Park Picture House is simply a lovely place to be, the atmosphere is friendly, it's a comfortable environment for students, film lovers and families. I highly recommend next time you're going to the cinema, to opt for here.
I live pretty much opposite the Vue on Kirkstall Road and the Hyde Park Picture House beats it hands down. The grand old building is much nicer than the identikit chain cinemas so it feels like an occassion when I'm off to the talkies, just like the olden days, when things were better. Probably. I don't know, I'm twenty-four.
Even before the film starts, as they cut straight to the trailers, I'm in a much happier frame of mind because I don't have to sit through half an hour of tedious i-phone adverts. There's also the comical 'please switch your phone off' public announcement that looks like it's been designed by a tourette's sufferer with Powerpoint. And finally, a grown-up film begins.
Hmm. I went to the Hyde Park Picture House a couple of times, a few years ago, and I think I may have caught fleas.
I like the idea of an artsy cinema slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park, but the problem with this place is it tends to be frequented by pretentious students.
Having said that, the Back To The Future marathon was wicked. Even though I got cramp because the seats are very uncomfortable.
Actually, I don't know if I like it here or not.
I came here on Sunday for the first time in years to see a preview showing of 'Precious' (dead good film), and it was cosy and comfy and atmospheric and ace so I'm changing my review from 3 stars to 5.
Very popular amongst students, probably due to it's location and type of films shown (think arty and foreign) the Hyde Park Picture House is a dazzling piece of history and a very welcome addition to the cultural heritage of Leeds.
The only problem that I have sometimes found when visiting is the seating is somewhat hit or miss - while most people (myself included) tend to aim for the balcony, you will find that the seats downstairs offer a much better view of the screen.
Definitely a recommended venue if you fancy your cinema without all the bells and whistles of Hollywood :)
I am a massive fan of this small independent cinema. From the small ticket kiosk at the entrance to the huge old clock in the theatre, to the fact that they serve earl grey tea along side the really good popcorn. The seats are comfortable in a squidgy, homely way.
The tickets are £5.50 or £6 for the balcony seats, the view is good from both.
There is just one screen and they show both old classics and current gems. I saw Burn After Reading and The Reader here. But they also do occasional special events, and Mark Kermode is coming later in the month to record a Radio 5 Live film show. It pays to join their mailing list!
I would always chose to see a film here rather than at any of the corporate multiplex cinemas. Well worth a visit.
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cdotplank, 19 March 2009:
The Hyde Park Picture House is one of the country’s few remaining old-style cinemas, complete with interval, ice cream seller and swinging red curtains. It shows a fantastic mixture of new films and arthouse films so there’s something for everyone – and it even puts on special nights occasionally where they show films like all the Back To The Futures back to back. We went at Christmas time to see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – and if ever a film was suited to this type of cinema it was this. It’s just a shame it wasn’t snowing outside to complete the romantic scene. Experience it while you can – it’ll probably be turned into flats one of these days…
This is the best cinema in Leeds. It shows a great selection of films from small independent movies and world cinema to the better end of the hollywood output. I’ve turned up a few times without checking what’s on and just bought a ticket to the film. Its the sort of cinema that will only show good films so you can’t go wrong. The prices are quite a bit cheaper than the multiplexes for tickets, sweets and drinks, which helps at the moment. The staff are always really friendly and helpful. I cant recommend this cinema enough. So next time you wanna see a film, make a trip to the Hyde Park Picture House!
A gorgeous little kirsch cinema with orgiinal fitting ets. Quite frequently shows older movies and is the perfect place to go to experience an old movie in what is close to the original atmosphere it was screened. Prices too are reasonable, certainly no more than a more modern cinema. Cute refreshments kiosk too. One tip though - bring your coat because it can sometimes be cold in there.
This is a completely different experience to going to the usual multiplex cinema today. You can tell by everything: the building, the staff, the decor, the vibe from the clientele - that the Hyde Park Picture House is all about a labour of love, created and staffed by enthusiasts. It really makes a difference when you go to see a little known cult or art flick to see it here. Sure if you search around you could find it at some megacorp operation - but it’s about so much more than that here. Everything - the icecream on your lap, the whispers before curtain up, the rustle of the Guardian as you earwig in on cultured conversations (with perhaps just a smidgen of Strictly Come Dancing and credit crunch mixed in) - it all feeds in to an experience that goes beyond the start and finish of the film. That faintly amateur vibe - 'amateur’ in the sense of its root word meaning 'love’ - is what makes it so great.
Plus, for us philistines, the toilets are tolerable and the icecream is terrific!
Wonderful arthouse cinema located in the middle of the suburban area of Hype Park. A real iconic building and housing one screen you have to be paying attention to make sure you don’t miss a showing you want to see here.
Visiting is a must do once you have found the cinema located by the Jacksons on the 56 and 752 bus routes and about 25 minute walk from the city centre. I believe it is owned and managed by the City council and part of the Leeds International film festival still. This place is unique and iconic. You should hang you head in shame if you live in Leeds and have never been.
There is nothing like this cinema in the whole of Leeds. For starters, it’s only got one screen. Yep, one. Though, that doesn’t stop it showing cool older films for matinees and the best in contemporary commercial and alternative film. The staff are kindly, the tickets are around five pounds – but it’s the musty, old-worldliness of the place that you go for – that and the delightfully cheesy early 90s adverts. They don’t even care if you bring in your own drinks and sweets! If you’re feeling a bit peckish afterwards, it’s situated almost next door to the undisputed pizza kings of Hyde Park – Pitza Cano.
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