Hebden Bridge Picture House could soon be streaming in live opera, theatre performances and gigs if Calderdale Council approves plans to install a 1.1 metre satellite dish on its roof.
The plans, submitted by Hebden Royd Town Council, could also see ballet and sporting events broadcast from the cinema on New Road.
Town Councillor Susan Press, who chairs Hebden Royd’s Picture House Committee, said: “If we get the planning permission we’re going to be able to bring experiences to Hebden Bridge that will make the viewer feel like they are in London, Paris or Rome.
“In other places around the country they broadcast live productions of the National Theatre in London, operas, rock concerts and sporting events. It’s about making Hebden Bridge a centre to things that are happening in other parts of the country and other parts of the world. So it’s a really positive thing.”
The satellite would only be able to be viewed from height and is not visible to those at ground level. If it was to be installed the dish would have a painted black finish to ensure it was “as unobtrusive as possible”. The equipment is temporary and does not affect the structure of the building and a finish chosen to not be intrusive, the applicant claims.
In a design and access statement the applicant said: “With the addition of a satellite to the digital system, we will be able to broadcast live feeds of shows and events projected onto the screen at the Picture House. This includes opera, ballet, theatre, sports and music events. National Theatre live, Royal Opera House, Met Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are all having great success in UK cinemas and arts centres.
“The proposal provides the Hebden Bridge Picture House with another form of entertainment and increases its ability to be self-sustainable and to provide the people of the upper Calder Valley and further afield with entertainment.
“Research suggests a strong desire for ‘alternative content’ and we would suggest that by providing the live streaming of theatre, music and the arts, the proposal will be well supported. The inclusive nature of the Picture House with its good disabled access will ensure all sections of the community are accommodated.”
The expiry date for anyone wanting to make representations on the application is Friday, March 15.