Film & Media

Film is an important part of what we offer at Otley Courthouse.

Otley Film Society screen a minimum of 18 films on Thursday evenings between September and May. See or the Otley Courthouse What’s On page for details. They screen a varied programme featuring Oscar winning performances, dramas, films to make you laugh and cry from  the UK and across the globe. Love film? Why not become a member of Otley Film Society and enjoy the benefits of seeing arthouse films on your doorstep. The bar is open before each film and you can take drinks through to the screening.

Their 2016-17 season begins on Thursday 8 September at 7.45pm with Slow West

Movie Matinees

These are screened two Thursday afternoons a month at 2pm – with tea/coffee and biscuits at 1.30pm. These are recent popular more mainstream films which you may have missed all for £4 per person. Films we are showing over spring and summer 2016 are:

4 Aug Dad’s Army

The film of the TV series – with a stellar cast

Sept 8   The Lady in the Van, 2015, 12A, 104 mins, UK, comedy drama.
Alan Bennett’s story of a man who forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway.
Starring : Maggie Smith

Sept 22   The Dressmaker, 2015, 12A, 118 mins, Australia, drama
A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Starring: Kate Winslet

Oct 6   Spotlight, 2015, 15, 128 mins, UK/US, biography  drama  history
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

Oct 20   Florence Foster Jenkins, 2016, PG, 110 mins, UK, biography  comedy drama
The story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Meryl Streep

Nov 3   Youth, 2015, 15,124 mins, UK, comedy drama
A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.
Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

Nov 17   Sunset Song,  2015, 15,  134mins,  UK, drama
The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.
Stars: Agyness Deyn

Dec 15   Eddie the Eagle, 2016, PG | 1h 46min, UK/US,  biography  comedy  drama
The feel good story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Stars:  Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman

Jan 12   A Walk in the Woods, 2015,  15, 104mins, US,  adventure  biography  comedy
After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.
Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson

Jan 26   The Danish Girl, 2015, 15 ,119mins, UK/US,  biography  drama  romance
Set in the 1920s, a fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

Feb 9   Brooklyn, 2015, 12A,  111mins, UK/Canada/Ireland, drama  romance
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Stars: Saoirse Ronan

Feb 23   Carol, 2015, 15, 118mins, UK/US,  drama  romance
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman. Set in 1950s.
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

School Holidays

In the school holidays Otley Courthouse screens family favourites – Frozen, Wallace and Gromit and Ice Age have all featured recently.

Special Screenings

We also feature one-off screenings of particular interest or relevance – Wild for Otley Walking Festival, The First Film to commemorate the work of Leeds-based film pioneer Louis Le Prince, Leave to Remain in cooperation with Amnesty International, Short Films from Leeds International Film Festival, Julius Caesar performed at the Globe Theatre in London …

This season we have the following special screenings:

Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm

Exhibitions on Screen present: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Saturday 29 October at 3pm

Cover Girl (our Fish ‘n’ Reels film in cooperation with OAOP)

Thursday 1 December at 7.45pm

Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers (part of the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival)

Thursday 5 January at 7.30pm

Vertigo (to support Otley Parish Church Bells)

National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking initiative broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world live, via satellite.  It has been a huge hit in the UK and we are thrilled that it is now coming to Otley.

We will be screening the entire season but NTLive only release information of their screenings a few weeks in advance – at the moment we know that we have the following:

September 1 at 7.00pm

The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan

September 22 at 7.00pm

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

Tickets are £12pp for each event

Private screenings

Do you have a favourite film that you would like to screen for friends. Contact us about hiring the Courtroom. Police Academy 7 has never had the attention it deserves.


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


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