Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are the Friends of the Hyde Park Picture House and the Hyde Park Picture House separate organisations?
  2. What are the aims of the Friends of the Hyde Park Picture House?
  3. How is the Friends organised?
  4. What about Membership of the Friends?
  5. Will members of the Friends get a discount at Picture House screenings?
  6. Why has this change been made?
  7. How much will it cost to join the Friends?
  8. Why should I join the Friends?
  9. What will the Friends be doing in 2023?

Yes, the Friends are a group of people who enjoy cinema and feel in some way connected to the Hyde Park Picture House. We want to ensure that it does not go the way of so many wonderful historic cinemas across the country. In particular we want as many, and as wide a range of people as possible to be able to experience the same enjoyment through it that we do.

What are the aims of the Friends of the Hyde Park Picture House?

  • To promote and support participation in the cultural landscape of Hyde Park, Leeds and Yorkshire through appreciation of cinema
  • To celebrate the heritage of Hyde Park Picture House and ensure its preservation and continued use for cinema and related arts for all sections of the community

Our members have to confirm that they support these aims.

How is the Friends organised?

We are democratic charity, with a Committee elected by our members at our Annual General Meeting each year. We will be holding our next Annual General Meeting before the end of 2022. But you don’t have to wait until a general meeting to get involved! Contact us at any time to find out more and there is also a lot more information about us on our website

What about Membership of the Friends?

An updated Friends’ membership scheme will start on 1st January 2023 but we’re hoping to allow people to sign up earlier. We will be contacting present members and other people on our mailing list later in the year about our revised membership arrangements. We will also put details on our website, and in our newsletters. We will continue to hold general meetings for all our members from time to time.

Will members of the Friends get a discount at Picture House screenings?

The discounts available through your present Friends’ membership will continue for the On The Road screenings until the Picture House re-opens.

The Hyde Park Picture House will announce in the next month or so the date of the cinema’s reopening in the autumn. At the same time the cinema will introduce its own new membership scheme which will include the offer of discounted tickets and other benefits. Membership of the Friends will no longer get you a discount on cinema screenings, but it will allow you a special introductory discount on Picture House membership for a limited period.

Why has this change been made?

Membership schemes are an important way for cinemas like the Picture House to raise income and grow audiences. The primary motivation for the Friends has always been different, focussing on our charitable objects to support and celebrate the cinema. The changes we are making will help to clarify the relationship between the Picture House and the Friends and allow both organisations to thrive.

How much will it cost to join the Friends?

We will move to a yearly “Pay What You Decide” membership donation starting from January 1st 2023. We want these donations to deliver our charitable aims. For guidance we suggest annual donations of £1 (minimum, to register you as a member), £6 (low income), £12 (higher income) however you can choose how much you contribute. We welcome other donations so that we can develop activities and projects to support the work of the Picture House.

Why should I join the Friends?

The Friends of the Hyde Park Picture House played a key role to help save the cinema when it was under threat some years ago. Now, following the extension and enhancement of the cinema we have an opportunity to influence its development into a vibrant multicultural community resource. By becoming a ‘Friend’ you can play your part.

What will the Friends be doing in 2023?

Exactly what we do will depend on what you, our members, want to do. Our Committee of Trustees is small but we can enable members to organise events and activities and advertise them to the wider membership. Whilst the committee can and will organise some core events such as the annual general meeting and our now traditional Yorkshire Day and Christmas Screenings it is not feasible for the Committee to do everything.

But we are not short of ideas…

When the Picture House has reopened, we will be looking into ways of supporting the cinema such as finding volunteers to work on preserving and cataloguing the archives, commissioning and overseeing the production of a mural on the exterior wall in Pearson Grove, co-ordinating film discussion groups, and outreach to the wider Hyde Park community and further afield.

If you would like to get more involved or have any ideas then please do get in touch.


Still got a question that hasn’t been answered? Get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer.