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“Great Sound? - That's why the Band Apologised For It!”

The Picturedrome Cinema
Ranked #1 of 4 Fun & Games in Holmfirth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

This place wants closing down, refurbishing, and then opening up again as the classic that it could be - but isn't!

The place obviously has problems as all the plaster has been hacked off the walls and the gaps made up by expanding foam. The staircases were running damp and warning notices were all over the place. The upstairs toilets were closed, and apparently if you want draught beer - its downstairs.

Seating - there are a few chairs chucked around - first come first served, and if you don't get a front line, then you crane your neck all night.

Downstairs there are a few rows in front of the stage - upstairs its like Alcatraz as you peer through roadside crush barriers welded into place to stop disappointed revellers chucking themselves over the top in despair.

The stage is draped in torn, soiled rags that once were curtains,and as for the supperb sound - the quality was so bad that the band actually apologised for the awful system the venue had provided.

The remedy

Close for three months.

Install a heating system to deal with the condensation and slip hazards.

Refurb the toilets

Re-decorate in a style sympathetic to the venue, not sloshed over with turquoise paint

Provide some real customer ambience - even "balcony pricing" if that's the answer to providing decent standards.

Re-install a proper sound system

Then the place will be a credit to Holmfirth - until then - City Varieties in Lees please!!!

1  Thank TBirdFrank
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

First time here and I was pleasantly surprised. Went last night to see John Lees' Barclay James Harvest which proved to be a brilliant night. The sound quality in this 100 year old building was spot on. A must for those wanting an up close and personal experience. Plenty of seating if you arrive early enough otherwise just as good to stand and move around unhindered. Good viewing from all angles. Apart from the bar downstairs which tended to get crowded there was one upstairs which remained quiet and more accessible all night. Plenty of free parking around the town on an evening. Will be back. Steve Harley performing at the end of December. Another favourite,

Thank LR61
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

This old cinema has been revived as a popular music venue. We have seen some great acts from the past here such as Joan Armatrading and Leo Sayer and some good tribute bands like Livewire. Every time we go we always meet music fans who've travelled from all over the place and they all say the same - what friendly place and what a great venue. Check out the website and see whats coming up. There's a seperate bar at the back and plenty of other good pubs and accomodation around too.

Thank CASTLEFOX
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you really like your music and you want to feel it up close and personal this is the best place to experience it. A bar at the back, a mosh pit for those who like it fast and loud at the front, what's not to like about this brilliant venue

Thank gibberingjock68
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have seen many live acts here & it ranks as one of my favourite venues for live music. Set in the picturesque & friendly Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, all it lacks is it's own nearby railway station. Service at the bar is usually swift & efficient & you can, if arriving early, get up close and personal to the bands. Take advantage of free evening parking at local retailers.

Thank redripper1
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