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Venue hire

From private screenings, to work-outings with the wow factor, we're available to hire for a variety of occasions.

Your very own Picture House

Following the completion of our major redevelopment project, the Hyde Park Picture House is now available to hire once again – now with even more accessible facilities to enjoy. Unlike most other cinemas, we're a hugely flexible space, run by a dedicated team of passionate and skilled staff, on hand to support with a wide range of different hires – from private screenings and work outings, to school visits and weddings. 

PLEASE NOTE due to our current capacity and as we enter our busiest time of the year, we've paused our Venue Hire offer until Jan 2024.

All information on this page can also be found via the below PDF, which also includes full technical specifications of the cinema and our screens, as well as full terms & conditions.

Why hire us?

We're truly one-of-a-kind

Built in 1914, we’re a magnificent Grade II listed Edwardian building, with a wealth of original features. In fact we're the only gas-lit cinema in the UK (and possibly even the world) thanks to our nine gas lights, which we continue to light every day. 

And following a major refurbishment project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the cinema has now reopened with a brand new second screen, hugely improved access facilities and a modern extension with café bar and meeting spaces. 

One of our nine-gas lights
One of our nine-gas lights

We have state-of-the-art equipment

The cinema offers a wide range of the best projection and screening equipment, including 2K projection, two 35mm projectors and superb high-end sound. Our audio-visual set up is designed to be flexible and configurable for whatever your event or screening requires.

The new Screen Two
The new Screen Two

You'll be supporting your local community

As a charity and non-profit community cinema, any money we receive from venue hire goes straight back into supporting our heritage building, and helps us deliver more free and accessible screenings for our local community, including dementia-friendly and parent & baby screenings.

Arrivals for a Bring Your Own Baby screening
Arrivals for a Bring Your Own Baby screening

What can you hire us for?

The Hyde Park Picture House can be used for dozens of different occasions, including but not limited to:

Private screenings School visits Work outings
University lectures Touring festivals  Weddings
Film/photo shoots Birthday parties Film testing

“It was fantastic to have a day that shouted ‘us’ with popcorn and a celebration that incorporated the big screen.”

Kathryn Penny

Wedding booker

Screen One

Our main auditorium, fully refurbished, with its large comfortable space comprising stalls and balcony, original gas-lighting and state-of the art screening facilities, has the very best projection and sound, including two 35mm projectors.

If you are hiring Screen One, the Community Room on the first floor of our extension is usually included for free, depending on the hire. It can seat around 20 people.

View of Screen One from the stalls
View of Screen One from the stalls

Specifications

  • 237 capacity, including up to six dedicated wheelchair spaces.
  • Some removable seating for extra floor space or wheelchair spaces.
  • Projection: DCP (digital), Blu-ray, 35mm, Digi Beta, computer (file or streaming).
  • Native scope with variable hard masking.
  • Audio - from Mono to 7.1.
  • Hosting and conference / presentation / laptop connection facilities.
  • Raised stage area for presentations, Q&As or bands.
  • See full tech specs in our private hire brochure:

Screen Two

Our brand new auditorium, which is fully flexible and has its own dedicated top of the range projection and sound. We also have the option of 16mm projection for this screen.

If you are hiring Screen Two, The Nook – a seating area adjacent to the Screen Two entrance – is usually included for free, depending on the hire. It can seat around 10 people.

View of our new Screen Two
View of our new Screen Two

Specifications

  • 51 capacity, including up to two dedicated wheelchair spaces.
  • Projection: DCP (digital), Blu-ray, 16mm, Digi Beta, computer (file or streaming).
  • Native scope with variable hard masking.
  • Audio - from Mono to 7.1.
  • Hosting and conference / presentation / laptop connection facilities.
  • See full tech specs in our private hire brochure:

Community Room

Upstairs in our extension, we have the Community Room, a flexible new space that can be booked for free. This room can be made into a private space, suitable for small groups such as charities, local film clubs, small school groups or community meetings.

View of our new Community Room
View of our new Community Room

Specifications

  • 20 capacity (seated).
  • Projector, speakers and a retractable screen for presentations or intimate screenings.

Catering

The cinema has a Café Bar in the foyer stocked with popcorn, drinks and other delicious snacks. We also sell a selection of beers, wines and spirits which can be available to buy at your event.

Depending on the number of people at your event, we can also offer bundle deals/corkage and organise outside catering. Please let us know if you’re interested in this.

Please note: unless you are hiring the whole cinema, the ground floor café bar will usually be open to the public throughout the day.

Kirkstall beer on tap at our Café Bar 
Kirkstall beer on tap at our Café Bar 

Pricing

Below are our standard hire fees. We offer competitive price options, alongside generous discounts for charities, schools, universities, community organisations and students.

Screen One £250 p/h
Screen Two £150 p/h
Community Room Free – subject to availability
Whole cinema Please ask for a quote

The above prices are excluding VAT and there is a minimum of two-hours for paid hires. Hire length needs to include time for any setting-up, arrival and leaving. 

We’d like to accommodate as many people as possible and be fully accessible as a public resource, however our public film and activity programme is our main purpose, so please be flexible with your requests and we will do our best to help you. 

Please note for all hires we need at least 30 days’ notice, or longer, depending on the type of hire. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a booking. 

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