The Pocklington Arts Centre is right in the middle of the town, and is also a centre of excellence when it comes to entertainment and community arts. The Arts Centre was opened in 2000 in Oak House, a Grade 2 listed building dating back to around 1690 which previously housed the Ritz Cinema. But the Arts Centre is bang up-to-date – with excellent facilities for entertainment and corporate use as a conference venue.
The Arts Centre has a 200-seat theatre, which doubles as a concert hall and cinema and a studio which is also used for exhibitions (it’s currently housing a photographic exhibition till 29 January 2011 for local photographer Elaine Gladstone).
The concert venue has featured a wide range of performers, including comedian Barry Cryer, and musicians Steve Harley, Midge Ure, Ralph McTell, Kiki Dee and Fairport Convention – all of whom have said very complementary things about the venue.
The aim of the Pocklington Arts Centre is to provide an accessible venue for a wide range of performing and visual arts to the local area and it has quickly come to be treasured by locals and visitors alike. But then, with a varied programme of Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Film, Lectures, Music and Workshops it does provide something for everyone.
Cinema programmes feature the latest releases and the Centre’s live events feature local drama groups and visiting professional repertory companies, as well as children’s theatre and dance troupes, classical, jazz, folk, blues, rock and popular music, along with comedy acts and poetry readings.
The attractive market town of Pocklington is on the A1079 just a dozen miles from the centre of York on the road to Hull, and is easily accessible from both cities.
Here’s a taste of what’s on for early 2011.
Coming up at the cinema:
Fri 14 Jan – Thu 20 Jan: Little Fockers
Fri 21 Jan – Thu 27 Jan: Luftslottet Som Sprangdes – Stieg Larssons The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest
Fri 28 Jan – Thu 3 Feb: Megamind + Made In Dagenham
Fri 4 Feb – Thu 10 Feb: The Tourist
Fri 11 Feb – Thu 17 Feb: Gulliver’s Travels
Fri 18 Feb – Thu 24 Feb: The King’s Speech
Fri 25 Feb – Thu 3 Mar: 127 Hours
And here’s a taste of what else is on:
Fri 14 Jan: An Audience with Baroness Shirley Williams
Sun 23 Jan: An Intimate Audience with Justin Currie (SOLD OUT)
Thu 27 Jan: Mirth Control Comedy Club featuring Stephen Grant
Sun 30 Jan: Studio Night
Fri 4 Feb: Sean Taylor
Fri 11 Feb: The Realistics – Motown sounds
Fri 18 Feb: Mike Harding (SOLD OUT)
Thu 24 Feb: Russell Kane
Sat 26 Feb: Tom Courtenay – Pretending to be me (Philip Larkin biography)
Sun 6 Mar: Studio Night
Fri 11 Mar: The Coal Porters
Wed 16 Mar: Lecture – Infections and Cancer – Dr Rob Newton, Hull-York Medical School
Thu 17 Mar: Star Quality – Northumberland Theatre Company
Mon 21 Mar: Spring Fashion Show
Wed 30 Mar: Miriam Roycroft and Anne-Marie Hastings play Schumann, Chopin & Barber
Thu 31 Mar: Mirth Control Comedy Club
You can find all the details about the above performances (and more) from the website www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk
Pocklington Arts Centre
Box Office: 01759 301 547
Box Office opening times:
- Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
- Thursday: 10am – 1pm
- Friday: 10am – 4pm
- Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm
Also open during performance times.