Ben Rhydding pub is all set for cinema screenings

Ben Rhydding pub is all set for cinema screenings

Ben Rhydding pub is all set for cinema screenings

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A Ben Rhydding pub is to start screening films.

They will be shown at The Wheatley Arms, pictured, as part of Bradford Community Cinema, which is being rolled out following a successful run elsewhere in the region.

Backed with £400,000 Lottery funding through the British Film Institute, Cine Yorkshire – a consortium of the National Media Museum, Blaize and Screen Yorkshire – has presented 1,119 screenings to 47,495 people since it started in October 2010.

The community cinema scheme will be unveiled at Bradford Cathedral on Friday, January 25, with a screening of This Sporting Life.

The 1963 film, starring Richard Harris as a young rugby player struggling with personal demons, was shot at locations across the region including Bolton Abbey.

The Wheatley Arms will host a series of film and supper evenings; Culture Fusion at the YMCA in Bradford, which will be screening a programme of films for young audiences; and Keighley Central Hall, home to the newly-established Keighley Film Club.

Upcoming screenings could include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Woman In Black, School of Rock, My Week With Marilyn, and Tom Jones.

Rachel McWatt, Cine Yorkshire project manager, said: “We hope to reach an increasingly diverse audience for cinema by working closely with each venue to develop a specially tailored programme and providing new and exciting ways for people to share and enjoy film.

“We’re delighted to be starting the new year by welcoming these new venues on board and particularly excited about extending Cine Yorkshire’s screening programme into urban areas for the very first time with our local partners Blaize, thanks to support from Bradford UNESCO City of Film.’’ David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film, said the Community Cinema initiative was an opportunity to “spread film fever” across the district.

He added: “I’m really pleased that we are working in both rural and urban settings and across a broad audience range.”

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