Leeds is full of festivals, venues, and other organisations that together offer one of the best city experiences for film fans anywhere in the UK, and below is the latest list. The new Leeds Film City online guide will be unveiled later in 2013.
Armley Mills Cinema
The authentic reproduction of a 1920s cinema found in Armley Mills Industrial Museum has just 26 seats and brings a totally different mini-cinema experience to the city.
Black Film Club at Seven Arts
An independent organisation screening films on the second Tuesday of each month at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, with film and speaker suggestions made by the club’s own members.
City art gallery set across two floors, hosting exhibitions dedicated to cinema photography.
Cherry Kino Microcinema and Lab
Cherry Kino regularly creates and presents experimental film screenings, Super8 and 16mm filmmaking workshops, and artist residencies.
Cottage Road Cinema
One of the oldest cinemas in the country, open continuously since 1912. Presents new releases and special classic performances, aiming to keep the traditional cinema experience alive.
The unique Everyman Cinema experience comes to Leeds. A luxury viewing experience in the city’s Trinity shopping centre.
Family Film Club at Armley Mills Cinema
Family screenings on the last Sunday of each month at the 26-seat cinema in Armley Mills Museum.
First Direct Arena
Leeds’s entertainment arena in the city centre features a programme of large scale film events.
The Hi-Fi Club
Legendary laidback nightclub and live music venue, three times winner at the annual Leeds Bar & Club Awards. A longstanding venue for music films at Leeds International Film Festival.
The Howard Assembly Room
The beautifully restored Victorian performance venue and rehearsal space for the Orchestra of Opera North now hosts an eclectic range of live music, special events and regular film screenings.
Hush Hush Film Night
Runs on the last Thursday of every month at The Base Leeds (47, Westfield Street) and showcases short films from new and underground directors.
Hyde Park Picture House
One of the city’s treasures, a historic venue with a fantastic programme of the best new arthouse releases, retrospective programming, and alternative events. Celebrates its centenary in 2014.
University of Leeds Campus
The Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds is home to the ICS cinema, which is used for teaching and occasional screening events that are open to the public.
I Love West Leeds Roving Cinema
Armley, Farsley and Farnley
The I Love West Leeds Roving Cinema takes presents a series of free outdoor film screenings of classic films, check the website for details of upcoming shows.
Leeds City Art Gallery
Leeds Art Gallery houses a world class collection of 20th century British art and presents exciting temporary exhibitions including the work of film and video artists.
Leeds Film Academy at Leeds Town Hall
Offers young people the chance to watch, make and share cinema and other moving artforms, including gaming and animation through formal education and young people-led clubs and programmes.
Leeds International Film Festival
The largest film event in England outside of London, LIFF presents a vast variety of world cinema over 18 days every November and offers great value pass / ticket deals.
Leeds Town Hall
The city’s most iconic venue presents a hugely popular programme including Leeds International Concert Season, unique music shows, comedians on tour, and films on its giant cinema screen.
Leeds Young People’s Film Festival
Young people and their families can share a unique film experience and step inside the film industry through masterclasses and workshops. Includes the UK’s only independent filmmaking award for young people, the NYFA.
Enthusiasts of artists’ film and video, and underground music and culture. Events at Wharf Chambers include screenings dedicated to video art, and noise and experimental music from around the world.
Lumen is an arts organisation with a programme that aims to nurture and exhibit video, sound, film and technology from established and emerging artists and producers.
Millennium Square is the city’s award winning city centre outdoor public space and live entertainment venue. Home to the Leeds Big Screen which presents live events, special commissions and film screenings.
Miniciné Leeds at Armley Mills Cinema
Miniciné takes place on the fourth Thursday every month at Armley Mills Cinema and showcases original and innovative films, which often bypass the mainstream cinemas.
No Gloss Film Festival
A film festival showcasing local and international filmmakers, lo-fi films, films produced on low budgets, student filmmaking, and other unconventional, underground or quirky methods of filming and video production.
Northern Film School at Leeds Met
The Northern Film School provides pioneering film and television study in the city. Work from NFS students has screened in film festivals across the world.
As well as making, performing and screening experimental film and live expanded cinema, OKO runs creative filmmaking workshops.
Otley Film Society at Otley Courthouse
Otley Film Society presents seasons of film screenings at the multi-arts venue Otley Courthouse, includes recent releases, archive classics and family shows.
Pavilion is a commissioning organisation that deals with contemporary art and the problem of the image. They draw on a breadth of practices, media and political/ philosophical thought.
Project Space Leeds: Soup and Cinema
PSL’s ongoing Soup and Cinema series offers the chance to watch artist films while enjoying home-made soup. Places are limited so booking is essential.
Recon is a festival that showcases and brings together innovators, experimenters, risk-takers, mavericks and outsiders working creatively with music, sonic arts, performance and film. It takes place across Leeds and Bradford during September.
Screen Seven at Seven Arts
A weekly programme of mainly European arthouse films showing every Monday in the multi-arts space at Seven Arts.
Sneaky Experience presents a live cinematic experience by showing films in their best possible setting. It’s up to you to follow their clues to find out more…
An audio visual media project providing free access to a production studio, training and qualifications for people aged 16 – 30 in Leeds, with priority given to people not in education and employment.
Thought Bubble Festival
The UK’s largest sequential arts event is dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as an important cultural art form. Runs every November as part of Leeds International Film Festival.
Vue at the Light / Vue Kirkstall
City centre / Kirkstall
The city’s multiplex cinemas, offering the latest mainstream releases with the latest state-of-the-art digital projection. Vue at the Light is a venue for Leeds International Film Festival.
Wetherby Film Theatre & Wetherby Film Club
Wetherby Film Theatre is an independent cinema and home of the Wetherby Film Society which presents seasons of mainly classic films.
Wharf Chambers is a live music, film and event venue run by a workers cooperative.
White Cloth Gallery
A new gallery and screening space next to Leeds train station, providing a platform for both established and emerging artists. The curated programme includes regular film screenings and events.