Exploring the Light Cinema at The Broadway Bradford | Family Day Out

Light Cinemas, a British independent cinema chain are opening up a new six-screen 780-seat cinema at the heart of the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford. I have been lucky enough to get a sneak peak inside the Light Cinema complex before it's grand opening on the 11th of May.

If you haven't yet ventured to the Broadway in Bradford then you are missing out. A stones throw away from the Bradford Interchange Train Station, it is the perfect destination for a bit of retail therapy or relaxing with your friends with a bite to eat. It houses 70 stores from top independent and international brands, dine at an enticing range of restaurants and eateries and Retailers within the centre include Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Next, Topshop, Topman, Pandora, River Island, Zizzi’s, Sainsbury’s plus many more.

The Light

When you walk up those stairs you can see just how much work they have put in to the transformation. The fully licensed café bar has character in abundance and it will provide any cinema-goer with a welcome place to perch before a movie, to relax and chat in an open plan, modern and airy area. Saltaire Brewery, a local supplier of award winning beer will be supplying the cinema with their beverages, Which means you can pick up a beer and enjoy it whilst watching the movie!

The Toilets

As a parent i always judge how well a business cares about parents and children by their bathroom facilities. Why you ask? Because parenting is tough and if a business can provide a space for you to take care of your little monsters needs without much hassle, then i know that business cares and has the best intentions of both parents and children at heart.

The gents were as good as a hoped; low down taps, hand dryers urinal, as well as cubical with enough space to swing a cat in. Which is great when you are tackling a potting training two year old.

  •  The Screens

What makes the LightCinema different from the other cinemas you ask?

  • Access 

The front row has much more leg room and access compare to other cinemas, which is fantastic if you are bringing someone in a wheelchair or pushchair.

  • Stools

For those booking on the front row you can also expect to see foot stool and you are encouraged to use and chair them with neighbour.

  • Reclining Chairs

Every single chair has the function to recline and all you have to do is kick back and relax. Lean back in your seat and it will use your weight to shift your super soft chair to a comfortable position.

  • Space for food & drink

Every seat has a good sized wood table by it's side and a large drinks holder in the chairs arm.

  • Access to chairs

What i loved is the fact that they had left a good amount of room between each row of chairs. It means they have eliminated the problems people have with having to climb over and squeeze past moviegoers midway through the movie when they have to go for a wee.

  • Lighting

Gone are the traditional lights and in come a variety of neon lights scattered around the walls. Providing the room with a good amount of lighting to scramble around and look for our wares before the movie starts.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed our visit to the Light Cinema in Bradford. We got the impression that the every decision made in the building of the cinema was made with the moviegoer at the centre of the decision. When you go to the cinema you want to be comfortable, easy to gain access in and out of the screen and the building. I have no doubt in my mind that we will be visiting again soon and that you folks will love the experience as much as my family did.

Food at Broadway

Before our movie at the Light Cinema, we heading to Zizzis that is located just around the corner from the cinema. If you have young children then i highly recommend heading their for a meal before shopping or heading to the cinema. Why? Because the menu is diverse and divine, their children's menu and kids drawing packs are one of the best in England and the staff are magnificent!


After our afternoon showing at the cinema we heading in to the Broadway complex for a bit of fun and shopping. We first headed to Smiggle as my four year old is currently obsessed with notepads, then we headed to the Entertainer to buy some toys and a Birthday present for a friend, Clarks to look at new shoes for the boys and then Debenhams for mummy.

It wasn't all about the shopping, We did stop at the independent sweet stall and a couple of rides on the awesome race cars dotted along the complex.

We didn't manage to get on the Broadway express train for a ride because it was closed unfortunately, but the boys were overwhelmed with the size of the train and the fact they had one in the middle of the complex.

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A huge thanks for to both Broadway and Light Cinemas for inviting us down! - the views express in this post are my own. 

Yorkshire Dad

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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