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Ilkley Cinema

Commercial Interior Design Project £250k+
Ilkley Cinema Auditorium
Cage Lights from Ilkley Cinema Auditorium by Industville
Ilkley Cinema Auditorium
Ilkley Cinema Auditorium
Ilkley Cinema 4K screen
Mustard hand-stitched seat numbers designed by Bess Sturman
Pleather brass-studded footstools designed by Bess Sturman
Ilkley Cinema Lounge designed by Bess Sturman
Sturman & Co design tiled wallpaper/felt bar seats
Bess's Cinema-Inspired Time Zone Clocks
De-constructed seating in Ilkley Cinema Lounge
Ilkley Cinema Lounge
Vintage Super8 Projector sourced by Bess
Fifties inspired booth in Ilkley Cinema Bar.  Lighting by Oldfield.
Ilkley Cinema Bar
Victorian-style tiles on the bar front
Menus on reclaimed wood with 'Meet the Team' board behind
Ladies WC at Ilkley Cinema with Pretty Woman Quote
Copper finished ironmongery throughout by EM-B Leeds
Even the best things have to come to an end at Ilkley Cinema

Ilkley Cinema opened in November 2015 as Europe’s smallest 4K cinema, with just 57 seats. It came to life from the dream of a local businessman who visited Wanaka, New Zealand in 2014 and found a small, creative and cosy cinema that he loved. From seeking key funding from supportive locals, to taking on an historic site that came with significant structural and spatial challenges, nothing about the evolution of this concept into a reality was conventional.

Ilkley is a Victorian spa town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, home to a discerning and relatively cosmopolitan community. From the outset, the key was to create the right feel and to create a destination venue that offered something different from the average multiplex. Founders John Tate and John Hewitt entrusted care of this most precious aspect to interior designer Bess Sturman of Sturman & Co in late 2014 after she pitched her concept and approach to them. Her brief was to bring originality, quirkiness and luxury to a derelict Victorian building that had formerly housed a nightclub.

Bess is the sole and principal designer at Sturman & Co, through which has brought her signature polish and mixed-era designs to residential and commercial projects across Yorkshire and the North since starting her practice in 2011. The Cinema is Bess’s largest commercial project to date.