Hebden Bridge Picture House to reopen for New Year after devastating floods

Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Hebden Bridge Picture House.

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A CINEMA which has been closed since it was flooded on Boxing Day has announced its “less than grand re-opening” thanks to the clean up efforts of volunteers.

Hebden Bridge Picture House will re-open tomorrow and launch its January programme as planned.

The film Suffragette will be shown at 4.30pm and Black Mass at 7.45pm. The Picture House suggested viewers bring “cushions, blankets and their good will.”

A spokesperson has praised the “collective efforts of the community” in helping the cinema recover.

They added: “Yesterday, the Picture House and town council staff cleaned the foyer and kiosk, the Friends of the Picture House committee cleaned the balcony and a whole load of volunteers of all varieties, with power tools and strength and at very short notice, came and unbolted the sodden seats – removing all 257 from the stalls. We are now in a position to open our doors - during this period only the unaffected original balcony seating will be available, meaning capacity is reduced to 230.

“This also means access is limited for those unable to use the stairs – thank you for your patience during this time if you are unable to attend for this reason.

“Heating will be limited, unless we can get hold of some giant plug-in heaters, so we are asking our customers to bring along a cushion, a blanket and their good spirit – the show will go on.”

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