Take your seat at the town’s Picture House

Promotions manager Lisa Murdoch at the Hebden Bridge Picture House
Promotions manager Lisa Murdoch at the Hebden Bridge Picture House

For the 2015 Heritage Open Day, the 1920s auditorium - stalls and balcony - and foyer of Hebden Bridge Picture House will be open for all to explore and enjoy on Saturday, September 12.

The kiosk in the foyer will be serving refreshments including sweets, ice creams and popcorn and the cinema will be screening free family-friendly short films on a loop which visitors can drop in to view at leisure.

There will also be some film posters for sale.

Staff and volunteers will be hosting exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the cinema (to be booked in advance) which will include a brief history of the Picture House and the opportunity to visit the projection box, back-stage area and behind the cinema screen.

Visitors wishing to join the free tours on the day will only be accommodated if numbers allow.

The event will end at 1pm prompt to allow for re-opening at 1.15pm for the afternoon family matinee film (normal entry prices for the film apply).

The Picture House will be open on Saturday from 10am to 1pm for the open morning and there will be tours at 10.30am, 11.20am and 12.10pm. To book a tour place call 01422 842807, email info@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk or write to: Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8AD - please bear in mind that behind-the-scenes tour booking closes at 1pm on Friday, September 11.

The Picture House is a 490-seat single screen theatre and prides itself on showing the best in mainstream, foreign language and independent film in addition to broadcasting live theatre, opera, ballet and live music by satellite from around the world.

It is available to hire, commercially and by the community, with hirers bringing live events such as comedy nights and music acts to the mix of entertainment which makes Hebden Bridge a great place for the arts.