KEIGHLEY‘S cinema in North Street, the Picture House, last month probably broke any long-standing previous record for attendance.

It is good to know the cinema is still being used and I hope that at least a few of the audience went into the coffee lounge to see Keighley Art Club’s exhibition.

Our other exhibition upstairs in Cliffe Castle Museum, with Bingley Art Society, will be on until mid-April.

People tell me that this year the paintings are the best for some time. Any paintings sold will support museum funds.

Keighley’s cinemas have gone or changed over the years. The Cosy Corner had wooden benches, the Oxford and the Ritz now have different uses. Loyalty rests with the only remaining independent cinema in North Street, which offers matinees, half-term family films and popular films which are on public release. Usherettes take you to your seat and sell ice cream in the interval.

In addition, the Picture House provides a venue for Keighley Film Club to show work as a partner of Cine Hub North. Contact the cinema for details of its events in 2015, on April 19, May 17 and June 21.

Cine Hub North is sponsored by the National Lottery and extends to venues in Keighley, Hornsea, Masham, Pateley Bridge and Preston. Contact the lead partners, which include the National Media Museum, at either or

A 92-year-old radio listener described how he used to take an empty jam jar to the cinema. You paid for your film with the penny back off the jar and also received refreshments. Nowadays, Keighley Art Club members use jam jars to clean the soiled paintbrushes.

Art appears to be becoming popular at the moment following BBC One’s Sunday night programme at 6pm, entitled the Big Painting Challenge, where one artist a week is eliminated.

You can see how subjective act can be to each individual, and the first to go was told his work was too much like a photograph.

Contact me on 01535 669914 in the evenings if you are interested in joining Keighley Art Club, or phone John Webb at Bingley Art Society on 01535 663450.

We have a change of programme on May 13 and will look at how to frame pictures. Skipton Art Shop has agreed to this session. Visitors are welcome, but must pay £4 to attend, at 6.45pm in Keighley Healthy Living at 13 Scott Street.

During April we will continue with members leading sessions, or just bringing photographs to paint.

The dates and subjects are: Barbara Klempka, characters, April 1; closed for Easter on April 8; Bryan Miller, watercolour workalong, April 15; Paul Talbot Greaves, professional demonstration of watercolours, April 29, visitors welcome at a\ cost of £4.

We hope people will come to some of our weekly events. The group is very informal and friendly and welcomes visitors or new members.

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