I arrived rather late to the party that is Ilkley Cinema but, fortunately, I timed my first visit just right. My partner and I opted for Easter Sunday when we had the whole place to ourselves! It was just us and the brilliant “Being Frank”, an emotional, funny and fascinating film charting the life of the late, great Frank Sidebottom, aka creative genius Chris Sievey.
We were very lucky, according to a friend who lives in the town, as this very special cinema is usually busy and I can see why. For a start the decor is amazing! Rather than cinema seats, it has stylish, soft and very comfortable sofas and chairs with optional cushions.
Food is served to the litte tables attached to each seat and there’s a choice ranging from pizza to cakes with drinks including wine, beer and even champagne. We chose coffee and cake and had no regrets. If you’d rather not munch and slurp while watching a movie, there are seats and tables in the cafe area, entrance and outside.
The cost of this cinema experience with bells on is slightly higher than your average multiplex but it’s worth every penny. A standard adult ticket is £12.90, a child’s ticket is £8.90 and senior citizens pay £11.25 and teens £11.30. The choice of films is fantastic from box office hits, such as Fisherman’s Friends, to indie movies and live screenings of theatre, opera, dance,music and sport events. I will be back, though I doubt I’ll have this cinema to myself ever again.