Transforming Beningbrough Hall Into a Cinema

Fri, 1 Jul 2011

Cine Yorkshire and the National Trust came together to present a very special screening of 'The Duchess' at Beningbrough Hall, York, on Saturday 9th July to celebrate a fantastic first year for Cine Yorkshire. Guests were welcomed at the stunning Georgian mansion with a champagne reception and an introductory historical talk, exploring the legacy of the family and their ties to Yorkshire where they held a seat at Bolton Castle.

Watch us transform Beningbrough Hall into a cinema for the night in our short video!

Transforming Your Venue into A Cinema! from Cine Yorkshire on Vimeo.

The Duchess
(Pathé), starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper, chronicles the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Knightley), who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. The lavish production picked up picked up both BAFTA and Oscar awards for costume design subsequent to its release in 2008.

Beningbrough Hall, a jewel in the crown of Yorkshire’s impressive catalogue of stately homes, has a portait of a 4 year old Georgiana within its collection of more than 100 18th-century portraits held in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. The Grand 1716 Georgian mansion, set in a park and gardens, also features a fully equipped Victorian laundry, with wet and dry rooms, and a working walled garden, which supplies the Walled Garden Restaurant.

''Watching an Oscar winning film in one of Yorkshire’s most stunning stately homes was a really magical experience and a great opportunity for Cine Yorkshire to toast the end of a fantastic first year.'' Emily Penn, Project Manager, Screen Yorkshire

See Cine Yorkshire's guests arrive at Beningbrough Hall to be greeted by staff in historical costume for a champagne reception in our slideshow.

Images and video: Jonny Walton @Kaptur

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