The first cinema on the Caxton Street site was opened in 1915 as a Raby Picture House with 260 seats. At that time Wetherby didn’t have mains electricity so the cinema was powered by 400 volt gas-powered generator. In 1944 the Cinema became the Rodney Cinema. Due to the decline in cinema goers the building closed in 1964 and reopened in 1965 as the Rodney Bingo and Social Club. The building was reopened in 1994 as a cinema and over the years the building has been developed and modernised. In 2022 the cinema reopened again after a major refurbishment as a 2 screen cinema complete with comfortable sofas.
What to expect:
Screen 1 seats 53 and screen 2 is slightly smaller and seats 32. Both have muticoloured sofas, the odd armchair and side tables for your drinks. The cinema is decorated in a modern style but with memorabilia from the building’s past as a nod to cinematic history.
There is masses of leg room and the seating is raked so you are well above the person in front of you’s head and there are no blocked views.
The cinema has a weekly schedule of new and relatively new films including senior screenings, baby and me screenings, kids club on a Saturday morning and subtitled screenings. As well as current box office hits there are also showings of Indie films and National Theatre on the calendar.
There is a selection of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks available including barista coffees. A selection of freshly made cakes, sweets and popcorn is also on offer. These are ordered on arrival and then brought to your seats.
Tickets can be booked online, in person at the cinema or by phone. Online bookings will be sent a confirmation email and then tickets are collected on arrival.
The cinema is fully wheelchair accessible and there are allocated wheelchair spaces in each screen. There is an accessible toilet separate from the male and female toilets.
Subtitled showings are also available.
There is no parking at the cinema but Crossley Street car park is less than a 5 minute walk away and has blue badge spaces and electric car charging points. There are also several other car parks in Wetherby, all a short walk away.
Information, What’s On and contact details can be found here.