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Abbey Picture House, Abbey Road


Abbey Picture House, Abbey Road
Description:
26th August 1937 This cinema opened on 22nd September 1913 showing 'The Web' and 'The Near to Return Road' The architect was Fred Mitchell, manager John Briggs, owners Ransley, Dealey and Briggs. There were 520 seats it advertised, that the new picture house has five exits and fifteen ventilators. On an orchestral balcony good music is provided by piano and violin under the direction of Mr Will H Netttleton. It was closed on 8th October 1960, last film shown was 'Idle on Parade' with William Bendix. Now a bingo hall.

User Comments:

Name:
ron thompson

Comment:
I was a projectionist for a short time in the 1950s and the projection box was the smallest in the Leeds area.

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Name:
Val Allen

Comment:
I remember going to the Abbey Bingo-as it was called -with my Mum in the mid-1960's.I also recall it was used for wrestling bouts on a few occasions.The Abbey Bingo closed many years ago and has since been used by businesses.It is now home to the Leeds MIND.

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Name:
D Britten

Comment:
this building is now used as a office. This office is called De Lacey house. The office ferm got the name De Lacey from a street just up the road. The building next door is a funeral service by CO-OP

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Name:
eddie kelly

Comment:
i went to this picture house for saturday matinees as a kid in 50s films like calamity jane and dam busters

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Name:
colin darby

Comment:
i spent many an enjoyable saturday morning watching the matinees with brothers, sisters and cousins,then riding my horse back to my grandparents house on victoria terrace

Email:
loinercol@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
eric lee

Comment:
I spent many happy evenings in this cinema, I had my first "date" with my late wife Eunice there in 1950, in later years before it closed we used to call it our cinema because on some accasions there would be no other customers but us. I feel very sad when I pass it now, I still live in the area

Date:
05-Aug-2009

Email:
ericlee20008@aol.com

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
Used to walk from Woodbridge Road to this cinema every Saturday, through Kepstorn Woods down Abbey Walk and along Abbey Road. I think it was six old pence (two and a half pence) for the matinee.

Date:
12-Feb-2010

Email:
rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
Ken Mann

Comment:
only been here a couple of times, before it closed down. turned in a mental health centre called de lacy house, don't know what is now.

Date:
26-Apr-2016

Email:
hobokenclimber@btinternet.com

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Name:
J Harrison

Comment:
Does anyone know what the building next door was? It has "GP 1909" on the corner.

Date:
24-May-2016

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Name:
Averil Stevens/ was Jones

Comment:
My mum was a projectionist here in 1950"s We used to go to the saturday afternoon matinee"s

Date:
30-May-2018

Email:
averil1@hotmail.com

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Name:
len ayre

Comment:
I was a projectionist late 50s,my sister Nancy Romans was the usherette.The projectors at that time were more up to date than moat cinamas in Leeds.

Date:
21-Sep-2018

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