Widescreen Weekend is Bradford Science and Media Museum’s unique festival of big, bold cinema experiences and film technologies past, present and future. Taking place between Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 October, Widescreen Weekend is passionate about showing film on film and screens a large variety of formats including 70mm, 35mm and 3-strip Cinerama. With black and white classics, cult films, musicals and more, Widescreen Weekend will remind you why going to the movies is so magical.
What is Widescreen cinema?
Technically, a widescreen film is any film image with a width-to-height aspect ratio greater than the standard 1.37:1 ‘Academy ratio’ of 35mm film. Widescreen Weekend celebrates the really wide formats developed in the 1950s and 1960s to create a whole new cinema experience. The higher the first number in the aspect ratio, the more we love it! You won’t see a film in the festival narrower than 2.2:1.
Pictureville—the spiritual home of Widescreen Weekend—was described by Lord Puttnam as ‘the best cinema in the world’. Its deeply curved, louvred screen makes the National Science and Media Museum one of only three public venues in the world that can still show Cinerama, in both 35mm and digital formats.
This year’s highlights include No Country For Old Men, The Apartment, Forty Guns, Jules Et Jim, Lady And The Tramp, Thelma & Louise the Barbra Streisand classic Funny Girl and loads more to discover!
Widescreen Weekend is at the National Science and Media Museum 11-14 October 2018. Come on down! Full line up and booking here.