It’s safe to go back in the water – but your popcorn might get a bit soggy!
The swimming pool at Bramley Baths will transform into a temporary cinema this weekend, as movie-goers are invited to watch the original Jaws and cartoon classic Finding Nemo from a whole new perspective.
The event this Saturday (March 16) is part of a host of open day activities.
Film lovers will be able to watch while they swim, or enjoy the movies from front-row balcony seats. The two films will be screened onto a big screen in the pool, with speakers streaming the soundtrack under and over the water.
Finding Nemo will be screened at 6.40pm, and the undisputed king of watery cinematic horror, Jaws, will screen at 9pm.
This weekend’s Swim-Along-Cinema is the first of two events planned for 2013 and follows on from previous quirky hits at Bramley Baths, including a floating orchestra and an underwater art exhibition.
Jane Earnshaw, festival director of I Love West Leeds Festival, who thought up the event, said: “We love producing events in unorthodox spaces and taking events right to people’s doorsteps here in West Leeds.
“Last year we took our mobile cinema screen to two council estates, so the next logical step is to turn a swimming pool into a cinema.
“It’s better than 3D, it might even be better than popcorn – but we’ll have that too!”
Danny Whiteley, manager of Bramley Baths, said: “Bramley Baths is run by the community for the benefit of the community, and it’s our intention to make fitness, health and fun available to more people in West Leeds – so what better way to make people smile while they exercise?
“It’s a great way to celebrate our third month as a new social enterprise.
“Let’s hope the lifeguards aren’t afraid of sharks!”
Tickets are available at Bramley Baths.
Call: 0113 214 6000 or visit Bramley Baths on Broad Lane.
The Friends of Bramley Baths, a community group comprised of local residents and supported by community organisations, took over the running of Bramley Baths in December 2012
The building re-opened with a fancy-dress Big Dip on New Year’s Day 2013
Bramley Baths first opened in 1904
This weekend’s swim-along-cinema event follows on from I Love West Leeds’s previous sell-out events at Bramley Baths, including a floating orchestra (Water Music 2009) and an underwater art exhibition (Submerged 2012).
A second cinema event will take place in July
The events are supported with funding from Community First, a national funding scheme for community projects.