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National Science and Media Museum and INDY Cinema Group announce new partnership

The National Science and Media Museum has today announced it will be appointing INDY CINEMA GROUP to deliver its diverse and exciting film programme when it returns to being an independent cinema operator in November 2019. 

INDY CINEMA GROUP, which provides bespoke film programmes
for more than 50 independent venues across the world – spanning the UK, the
USA, Australia and New Zealand – along with film festivals and touring cinema
organisations, was selected as the programming partner.

The museum’s Head of Screen Operation, Kathryn Penny, said:
“We’ve been hugely impressed with INDY’s commitment to understanding our
ambition for the cinema programme to be embedded within the museum’s
activities, reflect the diversity of our audiences, and deliver
community-focused screenings as well as the international blockbusters. We’re
confident they’ll put our unique facilities, from IMAX to Cinerama, to the
fullest possible use. 

“I’d like to thank Picturehouse for the past five years, and
we now look forward to operating as a fully independent venue once again. It is
an incredible opportunity, and I’m delighted we’ll be able to benefit from all
of INDY’s expertise.” 

(l-r) James Rice, INDY Senior Film and Development Manager; Kathryn Penny, National Science and Media Museum Head of Film Operation; Pete Johnson, INDY Head of Operations

Pete Johnson, INDY’s Head of Operations, said: “It’s
incredibly exciting to be working with such an important cinema as it takes the
bold step to becoming a fully independent cinema operator again and very much
feels like the beginning of a fantastic partnership. This will undoubtedly be
the most unique venue we programme for and is a film lover’s dream – you can
see original prints on an incredible range of formats from the archives under
the same roof as the latest 3D IMAX blockbuster and the programming
possibilities to tie into the museums heritage and exhibitions are endless. We
can’t wait to get started.” 

The museum’s five-year partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas
finishes when the current contract comes to an end on 31 October. 

The final screening in the Picturehouse programme will be The
Rocky Horror Picture Show
(1975) on 31 October. Upcoming plans for the new
partnership between the museum and INDY include a diversity of films, ranging
from the most essential new blockbusters such as Star Wars: The Rise of
Skywalker
and Frozen 2, both playing in full glory in IMAX; through
captivating gems such as Last Christmas, and powerful new work from
master filmmakers, such as Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You; to the
latest ground-breaking new cinema from all around the world, including
Alejandro Landes’ hallucinatory guerrilla-war hostage drama Monos, and So
Long, My Son
, Wang Xiaoshui’s heart-wrenching family epic. The programme
will also explore a broad range of classic cinema, starting with a special
‘Breathless Sensation’ series to accompany the museum’s exhibition celebrating
the 150th anniversary of the birth of British cinema pioneer RW Paul, with
screenings of King Kong (1933), Mary Poppins (1964) and The
Matrix
(1999).

The National Science and Media Museum boasts unrivalled
facilities – three individual cinema theatres, the only public Cinerama screen
outside the USA, the ability to screen digital 4k, 35mm, 70mm, as well as IMAX
3D on the biggest screen in West Yorkshire. It will also be launching a
brand-new membership scheme to come into effect in November (existing
Picturehouse members will continue to get their same benefits for the full duration
of their scheme).

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