THIS week I’ve been sorting through some cupboards and reorganising when I came across a hidden drawer.

To my surprise I found it was full of old photos, programmes and memories from past events and screenings at The Picture House.

This got me thinking about how old our lovely cinema is and how lucky we are in Keighley to still have a cinema, and not just that, but how beautiful the building is too.

As some of you may or may not know, The Picture House is over 100 years old!

It was built in 1913 and is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in Bradford (if not the country).

With the growth of British cinema in the early 1900s, cinemas were popping up everywhere. In fact, Keighley has been host to eight cinemas in its time but no more than six at one given time.

Back when The Picture House first opened, Silent films were projected onto its screen via 35mm projectors. In fact, sound didn’t arrive in cinemas until 1929. Even though most modern films are now projected using digital projectors, Keighley still has its working 35mm projectors in both its projection rooms.

It is not often we get the chance to run them nowadays, although, on some occasions, we do utilise them for one off screenings and special events.

Fortunately for us Mr Morris, who took the cinema over in 1996 after a six-year period of closure, chose to keep the cinema’s traditional feel with its classic interiors which we all still enjoy today.

If any of you have any old photos, stories, programs or tickets why not bring them along with you next time you’re in?

We would certainly love to see them all. Now...back to the future!

With The Emoji Movie (U) in full swing you won’t have to wait too much longer for the next big kids hit to land, by means of the computer animated comedy The Nut Job 2 (PG), with its cinema release date on August 11.

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back, once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place.

Will they succeed in saving their park? Make sure you check out our website for confirmation of dates and times (

Now the kids are sorted it is time to call in some favours and book yourself a baby sitter for the evening, because it’s well worth coming down to see Atomic Blonde (15).

In this, an undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Full of stylish action scenes and amazingly choreographed one-take fight scenes this is definitely one to add to the list.

The film stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, with John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones in supporting roles.

Please note If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with youthful looks we will be asking to see your ID for this one, so to avoid disappointment please don’t forget it.

* Have you missed any of the previous Big Picture articles? If so, they can still be viewed on the Keighley News website at by clicking on the What’s On heading at the top of the homepage, then Out & About and finally Big Picture. Here you will find all the past articles.