In July 2015, Hand Of re-opened The Abbeydale Picture House as a cinema for the first time in exactly 40 years.
Opened in 1920, The Abbeydale is an iconic part of Sheffield’s cultural skyline, as well as its architectural heritage. It’s widely adored, but has sadly suffered many years of neglect. Re-animating The Abbeydale through an imaginative and adventurous programme of film screenings, talks, concerts, comedy and more, Hand Of has succeeded in brightening the future of this faded gem.
From July 2015 to September 2016, more than 20,000 people stepped through The Abbeydale’s famous front doors. Among them, we’ve welcomed everyone from toddlers to great-grandparents, we’ve built lasting relationships with our Pakistani, Kashmiri, Greek and Polish neighbours, and we’ve transformed The Abbeydale from a sadly empty shell to a real force for developing social cohesion through the arts. To see more delightful images of the transformation click here.