‘Help save our cinema’

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A MEETING will take place tonight to try to secure the future of one of Calderdale’s best-loved gems.

A meeting at Riverside School, Hebden Bridge, will look at the long-term survival of Hebden Bridge Picture House, owned by Calderdale Council.

There are no immediate plans to close the cinema but there are worries cuts could affect its future. Hebden Royd Town Council, Hebden Bridge Partnership, the Community Association, the Arts Festival, Ground Floor Project and four rural parish councils have already had preliminary talks with the council about transferring the building into community hands.

Bill Lawrence, former head of film at the National Media Museum in Bradford, will speak to the meeting, which starts at 7.30pm.

The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Robin Dixon, said: “The Picture House has to be one of the country’s best independent cinemas.

“Although it isn’t directly under threat at the moment, local authority cuts could threaten it in the future,” he said.