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Burley Road no. 181, Burley Picture House, Wordsworth Street


Burley Road no. 181, Burley Picture House, Wordsworth Street
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2nd November 1959 View of Burley Picture House with Wordsworth Street on the left and Roberts Place to the right. Kirkstall Road is at the bottom of Wordsworth Street. This cinema opened on 2nd August 1913 (date is on the front, over the word Burley). It was owned by the Burley Picture House Co. Ltd. and was designed by F.W. Rhodes of Upper Wortley, Leeds. The manager of the cinema was Arthur Sutcliffe. There were seats for 161 patrons. It was closed on Saturday 28th February 1959. The last film shown was called 'Passage Under the Sea'. The cinema was demolished. On the right is part of Burley Liberal Club.

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pat temple (vickers)

Comment:
myself and my husband spent many happy years there when we were young.we have now been married 50yrs.

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Vivien Tomlinson (nee Kay)

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My brother Stuart and I went to saturday matinees here; Flash Gordon, The Three Scrooges. Burley Pictue House was known locally and affectionately as 'Burley Bug Hutch'

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P. Elletson

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As a child I spent many happy hours in what we used to call the "Burley Bug Hutch" for some unknown reason.

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Jean Milburn

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my escape from the streets; I visited this cinema as a very young child with my mother & siblings, then when old enough, on our own, asking adults "will you take two in please" if we wernt "taken in " we would sneak in through the side doors when the 1st house came out,picking up a discarded ticket to show the usherette. Regular visiter untill my late teens, & yes it was affectionately labelled the "BUGHUTCH".

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Stephen Dowas

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What about the Roy Rogers riders club (Saturday matinee)The good old BUGHUTCH!!?

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skprop@tiscali.co.uk

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Pete naylor

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I went to pictures there when I was very young. My dad (Johnny Naylor)lived in Poplar Grove and used to go there every Saturday morning. I thinked they used to get chucked out a few times!

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john bean

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I recall all the same memories of the others comments, yes the 'BUG HUTCH' it was called, wooden seats in places too, pretending to be Roy Rogers riding a horse, as soon as you left the cinema, slapping your thighs as you ran home racing your pals. Making sure that each Sat matinee you stayed until a clip of the next episode of Flash Gordon had been screened. I also recall the can you take me in mister.

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Alan Chadwick

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Many a happy time was spent at the "bughutch" during 1951 to 1954. The Superman film seemed fantastic when I was 7 years old.

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alan.chadwick@ntlworld.com

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Trevor Hair

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up to 1950 you could go to the saturday matinee for two washed jam jars or an empty pop bottle

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Doug Malsbury

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In about 1953 I joined the Roy Rogers Club which was the Saturday Afternoon Matinee.For this I received a small badge with photo`s of Roy,Trigger,Bullet & Dale Evans (Roy`s wife).Strangely though,we hardly ever saw Roy Rogers films - it was nearly always a Hopalong Cassidy film followed by the weekly cliffhanger - Flash Gordon or Captain Video.But well worth the few pence admission!

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wjdmalsbury@btinternet.com

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John race Smith

Comment:
Many memories of the the "Bug Hutch". How many climbed thro the windows on the left "Gents washroom" to get in free ?., or climbing under the seats to get to more expensive seating area? or snogging in the back row? most are dead now.

Date:
04-Jan-2009

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johnrace@sympatico.ca

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joyce nee lee

Comment:
all those comments ring true with me. We loved our old Bughutch, being virtually at the top of our street.My sister Elaine and I were there at every opportunity. Sometimes we had to take our younger brother John, and he would dissapear under the seats and re appear at the back of the cinema !. Can you remember the noise of banging and stamping when the film broke ! as it frequently did during the saturday mattinee.

Date:
20-Feb-2010

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Iris Fairclough Nee Sharp

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I recall going to the Bughutch many times with my mother, she often took the kids in when asked (will you take us in Mrs) It has been know for us to go to the Lyceum first house, walk down and go to the bughutch second house we were film fanatics.When my brother Tom was born me and mum would go first house go home then my dad would go second house after babysitting tom.All these comments are wonderful keep sending them in .

Date:
01-Jun-2010

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douglas.iris@tiscali.co.uk

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Heather Fisher

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I do not remember the year as I was very young (I was taken by a family friend) - although I do remember the film it was Cliff Richard and Summer Holiday - I am sure someone will know the year it was screened? but yes happy memories.

Date:
01-Jun-2010

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bruyere2@ntlworld.com

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George Clark

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Very much enjoyed seeing the films here in the 40/50's. This cinema was known locally as "The Burley Bug Hutch".

Date:
04-Jul-2010

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joyce lee

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How great to read all these memories , I saw my first film here, the first of many many ,it must be said. I was four years old and our dad took my sister and I to see Alan Ladd in Shane. I think it was to give my Mother a rest, as she had just given birth , at home, to our Brother John.

Date:
29-Oct-2010

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joyce lee

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My sister reminded me of the time when,we had a box of coloured chalk and a whip and top,when we finished drawing patterns on the top, we decided to draw on the pavement. Well we got carried away and drew the full length of the picture house, shown on this picture. Only to be told off by the Manager, he suggested we wash it all off ha ha. So we went home, just around the back of the picture house, in Greystone street, and got two buckets of water, a mop and a brush and washed the pavement clean !! I love to read all the happy memories of the picture house, it played such a big part in all our lives. I loved the cowboys, especially The Pony Express, and yes how we all ran out into the daylight, blinking, and galloping down our street, shooting each other.Also the Liberal club, shown was a favorite place to play. We would put on little concerts in the entrance, and tap dance on the marble floor, the members must have been very patient with us. Our Dad was a member, and we used to go to the Christmas party,s. I still have a scar on my inner lip, where I fell up the steps and bit my lip. Resulting in a visit to the Dispensary down North Lane, and stitches and a mouth full of gentian violet !!!ugh.

Date:
30-Nov-2010

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Ron Davies

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I think the building on the right in this view is part of the old Burley Liberal Club.

Date:
09-Feb-2014

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Gill Brightwell

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Known locally and latterly as Burley Bug Hutch. I remember that the springs and crosshair were sticking out of the seats.

Date:
29-Dec-2014

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Name:
barry king

Comment:
all comments true and correct the reason it was called the bug hutch was when you went in you didn't scratch but when you came out you did absolute flea pit happy days

Date:
31-Jul-2016

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lyorkie2003@aol.com

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get sunstopper

Comment:
The photography looks good and film was good with Burley Picture House seems to be good but now a days window film introduced which runs well

Date:
08-Apr-2017

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sunstopper23@gmail.com

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Alan Chadwick

Comment:
I left Leeds when I was 9 yrs old in 1954. We lived at 90 Rosebank Road. I remember going to "The Bug Hutch"to see a Superman film. Out of this world!!!!

Date:
11-Jun-2017

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alanchadwick@suremail.im

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