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Explore the wonders of film across Leeds

In 1888, the world’s first moving images were created in Leeds. Today, Leeds is a leading centre for film culture, with historic and state-of-the-art cinemas, major film festivals and events for all ages, a huge variety of arts venues offering exciting film programming, unique projects organised by individuals and organisations in their communities. The Leeds Film City newsletter offers an an essential hub for news about all film activity in the city – subscribe here, and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram also.

Here is an A to Z of the venues, festivals and others organisations presenting film exhibition and education in Leeds:

Armley Mills Cinema 
Armley
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.

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
City Centre
An independent venue with music, art, film and food spread across three floors, plus a spectacular roof terrace.

Castle Galleries
City Centre
City art gallery set across two floors, hosting exhibitions dedicated to cinema photography.

Cottage Road Cinema
Headingley
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.

Crowd of Favours
City Centre
Leeds Brewery pub in the city centre with food, quizzes and Secret Cinema nights.

Everyman Leeds
City Centre
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
Armley
Family screenings on the last Sunday of each month at the 26-seat cinema in Armley Mills Museum.

First Direct Arena
City Centre
Leeds’s entertainment arena in the city centre features a programme of large scale film events.

HEART
Headingley
HEART is a lively enterprise, arts and community centre in the middle of Headingley. Owned and run by local residents, its Films at HEART programme features an ecclectic selection.

The Hi-Fi Club
City Centre
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
City Centre
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

Hyde Park Picture House
Hyde Park
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.

Ilkley Film Festival
Ilkley
Celebrating the beautiful landscape of Ilkley and the Dales with documentaries, silent film, previews, premieres, musical accompaniments, discussions, Q&As, masterclasses and foreign cinema.

Leeds City Art Gallery
City Centre
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 College of Art
Blenheim Walk Building
The Creative Networks programme of major professional events includes presentations from leading talents in film.

Leeds Film Academy at Leeds Town Hall
City Centre
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 Independent Food Festival
Citywide
A collaborative, independent festival of food and drink, including tasting menus, workshops, food trails and film screenings at dozens of venues across Leeds.

Leeds Queer Film Festival
City Centre
Leeds Queer Film Festival platforms and promotes LGBTI&Q artists, filmmakers and other cultural producers.

Leeds International Film Festival
Citywide
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
City Centre
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 Film Festival
Citywide
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 INDIs.

Left Bank Leeds
Hyde Park
A multidisciplinary arts venue that aims to inspire and empower through arts and events that promote creativity, connection & wellbeing.

Lumen
Citywide
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
City Centre
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.

Mimika Theatre
Citywide
Mimika Theatre perform an extraordinary fusion of digital animation and traditional puppetry in their igloo-style tent, with performances inspired by cinema.

Miniciné Leeds at Armley Mills Cinema
Armley
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
Citywide
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
City Centre
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.

Oblong Cinema
Woodhouse Community Centre
A monthly event for filmmakers in Leeds and Yorkshire to discover and showcase local filmmaking talent.

Otley Courthouse
Otley
A refurbished nineteenth century magistrates court, Otley Courthouse is a unique arts and resource centre for the community. Its film programme include matinees and Family Films. 

Pavilion
Citywide
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.

Recon
Citywide
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.

The Reliance
City Centre
The bar and dining room hosts regular film screenings in its Little Reliance Cinema, which can also be hired for private cinema screenings.

Screen Seven at Seven Arts
Chapel Allerton
A weekly programme of mainly European arthouse films showing every Monday in the multi-arts space at Seven Arts.

Sneaky Experience
Citywide
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…

Studio 12
Citywide
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.

The Tetley
City Centre
A new centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery. Regular screenings ranging from artist films to animated films for children.

Thought Bubble Festival
Citywide
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.

The Trevor Jones Project
University of Leeds
A research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council dedicated to the work of Trevor Jones, one of the most successful contemporary British-based composers of film music.

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
Wetherby Film Theatre is an independent cinema and home of the Wetherby Film Society which presents seasons of mainly classic films.

Wharf Chambers
City Centre
Wharf Chambers is a live music, film and event venue run by a workers cooperative.

White Cloth Gallery
City Centre
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.

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