Yorkshire Silent Film Festival returns to Sheffield for 2022 season 

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Abbeydale Picture House will become Yorkshire’s Silent Film hub this March, showing thrillers, comedies and westerns until July.

All the films will be accompanied by a live orchestra, who will improvise their scores alongside the films. 

The event will be held at venues throughout Yorkshire and beyond, with showings in Leeds, Hull, York and Manchester. 

Event organiser Jonny Best said: “We’re bringing films to Sheffield that you can’t see anywhere else. 

“Seeing live music with film is a really immersive and enjoyable experience, especially when you’re somewhere as atmospheric and interesting as the Abbeydale.”

This year, urgent repairs in the main auditorium has led organisers to convert the picture house stage to a cinema, but Mr Best says this should not deter audiences. 

He told the Sheffield Wire: “It’s a unique experience in a place audiences don’t get to see ordinarily.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful space.”

The smaller auditorium will create an intimate atmosphere between the audience, the film and the musicians as they create “a bridge between the audience and century old films.” 

The festival is also offering free tickets for under 18s, and organisers are encouraging people unfamiliar with the genre to try it out. Mr Best said: “It’s a lot of fun. A great way to get started is to see one of the comedy shows.


“They are still every bit as funny, clever and ingenious as they were when they were made.” 

To see the full line up visit the Yorkshire Silent Film website here.

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