KEIGHLEY cinema entrepreneur Charles Morris is in the frame for a top accolade.

The owner of the Picture House, in North Street, has been shortlisted in a UK Cinema Hero competition.

Mr Morris is amongst just ten finalists chosen from over 200 nominees, for their contributions to the industry.

The competition is organised jointly by the Walt Disney company and UK Cinema Association.

Mr Morris renovated and reopened the Picture House 27 years ago.

He had previously restored the Rex in Elland and took over four more cinemas, all of which he still runs.

Mr Morris said he was delighted to be shortlisted.

He added: "It is most gratifying to be recognised in this way.

"Cinemas have been my passion but it has been damned hard work, and it is nice that it's appreciated.

"We have had some good times at the Picture House, but it has been tough at times too and it's been especially difficult since lockdown. Everyone says there is ‘nothing like seeing a film on the big screen’, but they need to realise that in order to keep local cinemas alive, they must patronise them more often than just when the James Bond films turn up."