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Dominion Cinema, Montreal Avenue


Dominion Cinema, Montreal Avenue
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24 August 1937 This cinema opened on 4th January 1934, film shown was 'Cleaning Up', starring George Gee. The last film to be screened was 'The Quiller Memorandum' with Alec Guinness, on 18 March 1967. The building then became a bingo hall.

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Sarah Keenan

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This is now a complex of flats for the elderly.

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Gerald Jackson

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Used to go in the 1950's and early 60's to the Saturday afternoon 'Matinee film shows (why Matinee in the afternoon!?) With 1/- you could get a good seat, and ice cream (tub with wooden spoon) and have money for chips on the way home!

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George Lacey

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I spent a lot of time at the Dominion during my courting days of the early sixties.It was quite a classy joint compared with some of the bughutches around at the time.The last movies I remember seeing there were "Porgy and Bess" and "Carousel"

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Michael White

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Elsie Tanner (off Coronation Street) performed the opening when it re-opened as a bingo hall in the sixties

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Anita Batchelor (nee Smith)

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Started my visits to the "flicks" at the Kingsway and graduated to the Dominion. Remember seeing The Sound of Music there - great film - happy memories

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Ian Perry

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I used to go to the cinema in the 1960's I remember seeing Zulu here starring Michael Caine. We lived in Henconner Grove nearby I wonder if Gerald Jackson was my neighbour who went to Fulneck school at pudsey ?

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Craig Minto

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Full size framed print can be viewed at The Mustard Pot Pub, Chapel Allerton.

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craig@organicleeds.co.uk

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Rob Peasland

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From about 1946 to 1950? the Dominion was derelict, following a fire. It became an adventure playground ( strictly illegal ) to a group of small boys ( and 1 or 2 tomboy girls )from Chapeltown County Primary School. I was one of the main attenders. The projection room, full of damaged equipment, became the Bridge of our imaginary Space Ship-the projectors made very realistic ray guns with which to shoot down invading Martians. The balcony, reduced to a framework of girders, made a good test of nerve ( you had to walk out over the auditorium and do a handstand ). The Boiler room was another favorite place- we used to throw handfulls of asbestos lagging at each other. How I survived to my present age, I will never know!

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B Hallam

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I wonder why the cinema was named The Dominion, it (I believe) being on the corner of Montreal Avenue and Church Lane. There is a Dominion Avenue, but it is a short walk away. Along with Montreal Avenue, other street names here, are: Toronto, Alberta, Calgary, Ontario, Ottawa, and Alaska, due to which, this rather nice residential estate, was known to me as the Canadian Estate. My father's wartime Identity Card and his marriage certificate, show that he was lodging at number 7 Alberta Avenue at the time.

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Jim Shephard

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Never went in the cinema,but there was an excellent orchard round the back we used to nick plums and apples from.

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13-Jul-2009

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Fred Smith

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It was called the Dominion because Canada used to be the Dominion of Canada, in it's official form. I think that has been dropped but it was so when the Canadian Estate was built

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13-Jul-2009

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Robert B Morris

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In answer to B. Hallam. I believe that it was called the'Dominion' Cinema due to all the Canadian province and city names round about. Canada at one time, while under British control, was called "The Dominion of Canada"

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13-Jul-2009

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brian thomas

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I remember going to see a film called THE ROBE with my parents circa mid fifties, there was a spate of Cecil B. Mille biblical epics at that time. B, Hallam was wondering why the cinema was named the Dominion- possibly after the collection of surrounding Canadian street names Canada was known as the 'Dominion of Canada' in that period.

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13-Jul-2009

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Eileen Edwards nee Harvey

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I saw my first film there Pinnochio in 1939.I remember being a very scared 3 year old at the time.It burnt down some time after that.I also saw the remains when a pupil at Chapel allerton girls primary school pre 1947.

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05-Sep-2009

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Shirley Holton

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The area from the Dominion down Montreal Avenue as far as the Gledhow Parks and Roxholmes was known as Little Canada - certainly in the 40s and 50s.

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07-Nov-2009

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Liz Milner

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I live on Dominion Avenue and the reason why all these streets are derived from Canada is because the owner of Chapel Allerton Halls wife was Canadian and when she died he sold the land onto which the estate was built.So it seems fitting that this is so.

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02-Dec-2009

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B Hallam

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Thanks to everyone who contributed to my query regarding the naming of the Dominion cinema, but my actual point was possibly a little clouded. It had always puzzled me as to why this estate's streets should have been named after Canadian Provinces in the first place. I am not aware of such an obvious tribute to a Commonwealth member country happening anywhere else in the city. I wasn't aware that the area dipping down to Gledhow Valley Road was known as Little Canada, but the area on the other side of Glehow Valley was always called Little Switzerland. And again...why?

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02-Dec-2009

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Gerald Jackson

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Reply to B. Hallam. By some amazing coincidence I moved from living near The Dominion to here in Blackburn where I now have a home in the middle of another Canadian estate! I've lived on Columbia Way, there's Ontario Close, Manitoba, Montreal etc. And lets be honest - Blackburn (Lancashire) has little affinity with the Canadians, and I know few who speak much French here!

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17-Mar-2010

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David Dooker

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I remember seeing the original Batman film in 1966. ON the way home stopped off at the chippy in Chapel Allerton next to the libary.

Date:
04-Dec-2010

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sid cohen

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this cinema was refurbished in the 1950s and was re-opened with luxury seating and stage curtains. I was working at Harehills Picture House as assistant projectionist.The Chief Projectionist Mr.Joe Dix left Harehills Picture House and became Chief projectionist at the Dominion.

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30-Jan-2011

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John Stanier

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My main memory of the Dominion, was the double courting seats on the back row! Also many happy matinee memories.

Date:
17-Apr-2011

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john@stanier.org.uk

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chris simmonds

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it would be about 1943 that i moved from harehills to the chapeltown area.opposite my new school was that lovely building,the Dominion C inema.inside it was a complete shambles but a great adventure playground,i remember the braver ones would slide or swing down the tattered remains of the old screen.yes i do remember that wonderful orchard at the rear of the cinema,but i cannot remember how we got into the cinema.

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17-Jul-2011

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Tony Felston

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I lived on Montreal Avenue in the 1950s and went t6o Chapeltown CP. WE used to get into the cinema ruins through the back door. I alson remember when it reopened We were very excited and saw @ By the light of the Silvery Moon with Doris Day

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18-Jan-2013

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jan merrills

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How lovely to see this old photo. I lived in Gledhow Park Avenue from 1956 to 1964. I went to Chapeltown School and spent many happy times in The Dominion watching south Pacific, James Bond, Elvis in Follow That dream and Cliff in Summer holiday. I remember a very luxurious cinema almost like a theatre with plush curtains and I remember eating "Poppets" which in those days were in a big box and were as huge as gobstoppers. Happy Days!

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15-Jun-2014

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Krystyna

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I used to go to Chapel Allerton School (then called Chapeltown School) in the 60s and as I lived in Regina Drive I remember passing the Dominion Cinema on my way home and always having a look at the film stills displayed. I saw a couple of films here including the Beatles "Help"

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18-Aug-2014

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Paul Johnson

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The truth behind the 'Canadian' names of all the streets including the dominion Cinema lie in the the fact that Sir John baran who lived in chapel Allerton hall and his son who lived in the Elms directly behind the dominion and who's land it was built on, married a canadian airess. hence the canadian estate when he sold off all the land surrounding chapel Allerton hall.i have many original pictures of the Elms before the dominion was built thanks to dr. Baran of glasgow. i Lived in the Elms in the 1980's.

Date:
16-Feb-2015

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paul.commander@aol.com

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Jerome Simpson

Comment:
Fascinating reading all these comments. I wonder if anyone would recall the names of the usherettes who worked in the theatre in the 1950s? My great aunt was such. Her name was Margot Riscoe, nee Tyralla. In 1956 she married Hungarian emigrant (arr. 1947), Francis Haris, and moved to Canada, to Uranium City in early 1957. Her home till then was 192 Chapeltown Road. Prior to this she lived at 69 Sholebroke Avenue, from early 1935. I am writing a book about her and her sister's life. More info (incl. some pictures of Margot): www.wandervogel.org. Thank you in advance for any info anyone can share! Also, is there any other nearby cinema she might have been usherette for? We also understand she managed a guest house.

Date:
28-Oct-2015

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JSimpson@rec.org

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Mandy Stewart

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I used to go here every Saturday with a lady called Betty Harrowsmith who lived next door. She ran the ticket office and the sweet shop. Her son Nigel was a year older than me and we used to arrive before everyone else as Betty would open up. One marvellous day we were allowed into the projection room

Date:
20-Feb-2016

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mandy.stewart53@btinternet.com

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Don Smith

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As a young lad of about 10 or 11 I was walking down Montreal Ave when a a voice said'what an earth are you doing up here Smith' I turnd round and it was Mr Addelstone one of my teacher's at Green Lane School, I told him I was on my way to see and uncle of mine living in Alaska Place, by his tone a kid from rough New Wortley should not be walking around in the upscale part of Leeds. Later back in class I had to answere more questions about my trip to Chapeltown.

Date:
23-Nov-2016

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anne-donsmith@shaw.ca

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Garry Walton

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Used to walk past the cinema from Chapletown school to the playing field at the other side of Gledavally woods. Saw a comment re the usherette who lived in the showlbrooks .Mrs Lidski had the guest house where the Grand and Empire acts stayed her son was Leion we walked each morning to school. I was there till 1952, dose anyone know the name of the cinema in Chapletown Road just up from the Jewish gardens.

Date:
17-Dec-2016

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Deputy911@btinterner.com

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jack mitchell

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Gosh, I was just 9 days old when this picture was taken.

Date:
23-Jan-2017

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jack mitchell

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Just a couple of miles away from here that is.

Date:
23-Jan-2017

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