Hebden Bridge Picture House
New Road Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 8AD
There's a fantastically wide-ranging programme at this Calder Valley institution: all the latest blockbusters plus 'art' films and various 'seasons' throughout the year. 'Elevenses' on Thursdays are a real indulgence (there's something decadent about coming out of the pictures and it's still light) with mugs of coffee and tea and slices of flapjack tying the treat together nicely. The auditorium is regularly used for live comedy and music – everyone from John Shuttleworth to Lloyd Cole, Mark Thomas to The Unthanks. During the ever-popular Hebden Art Festival its 900 seats are full to capacity and it's a vital venue during the Bradford International Film Festival. Built in 1921, it's one of a handful of council-owned cinemas in the country. Oh, and 'It's a Wonderful Life' plays every Christmas Eve (hankies are free).