Earlier this year we temporarily stopped allowing new members to join the Friends of Hyde Park Picture House. This was to allow us to make some changes to how we are organised and operate so we are in a better position to achieve our charitable aims and support the Picture House. How we go about doing this was going to the main topic of our AGM in May and, whilst our plans continue, it is unclear what form the AGM will now take.
Since the unplanned closure of the Picture House and the cancellation of the On The Road screenings a number of people have expressed an interest in becoming members as a way of providing support. For the time being we are still pausing new members but a Response Fund has now been established and is open to donations of any size to support the Picture House and if you would like to help in any other way please get in touch so we can talk.
To coincide with the Picture House’s upcoming redevelopment, we are currently in the process of reviewing memberships at the cinema, and the critical role the Friend’s of the Picture House will play in the years to come. As a result we’ve currently taken a pause on the creation of new memberships, as we explore launching a new membership offer later this year, ahead of the cinema’s reopening in 2021.
All current Friends will still be able to enjoy benefits throughout the cinema’s closure period, with reduced price tickets for many of the On the Road off-site screenings, including at Leeds University Union and 42 New Briggate. Friends will also continue to receive printed material through the post, every 2-3 months.
If you have any ideas, thoughts or other feedback about what role the Friends should play please contact us.
New 16-25 Membership
The Hyde Park Picture House will be launching a brand-new, free membership, available for all 16-25 years olds. The aim of the membership – which will allow 16-25 year olds to purchase reduced priced tickets – is to encourage greater numbers of young people to visit their local cinema and experience brilliant independent film. Thanks to Film Hub North for supporting the creation of this scheme – more details will be announced very soon, including how to sign up!