Widescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies celebrating the past, present and future of film.
Join us for a long weekend of captivating cinema this September and experience glorious print 35mm and 70mm screenings, Cinerama restorations, insightful talks and events that will reignite your love for the magical experience of going to the movies.
At Pictureville Cinema, you can experience Cinerama, the invention that sparked the ‘Widescreen War’ in 1952. This pioneering technology utilizes three synchronized projectors to project images onto a deeply curved and wide screen, accompanied by 7-track surround sound. Pictureville is currently the only remaining operating Cinerama venue in the world. Learn more about Cinerama here.
The final programme and full schedule will be announced in September when individual film tickets go on sale.
Tickets and passes
Widescreen Weekend 2023 takes place at Pictureville Cinema and venues across Bradford.
- Bradford Playhouse does not have step-free access. There are 28 stairs from pavement to main space and 14 stairs between pavement and studio and bar. Read more about screenings at Bradford Playhouse.
- Pictureville cinema is accessible by a wheelchair lift and there is an accessible toilet in Pictureville bar. A hearing loop is available and assistance dogs are welcome. Read more about accessibility at Pictureville.
- We have a number of sensory backpacks available for use in Pictureville cinema which include ear defenders, dark glasses, tactile sensory items, and weighted lap pads. If you would like to borrow a backpack, please speak to a member of staff.
- A map of Pictureville showing exits, stairs and other facilities is available here.
Widescreen Monthly is our strand of regular screenings inviting you to rediscover the beauty of widescreen cinema with a classic film from the 1950s to the present.