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Tower Cinema, New Briggate

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City Centre
Subject Year:
Mr. K. S. Wheelan
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Tower Cinema, New Briggate
1970. View showing the Tower Cinema which was opened as the Tower Picture House on the 12th April 1920 in the old Grand Arcade, New Briggate. the Grand Arcade was originally built by the New Briggate Arcade Company in 1897. The Picture House and conversion of the Grand Arcade were to designs by architect, J. P. Crawford of Leeds. The Theatre was aable to seat 1,188 and admission prices were: ground floor - 9d (4p) and 1/- (5p); Circle 1/6d (7.5p) and 2/- (10p). The opening film was 'The Kinsmen' starring Chrissie White, James Carew and John McAndrew and there was also a Charlie Chaplin film. The Tower Picture House was originally to be called the 'Red Hall' but the Managing Director, Mr. J. F. Tidswell was concerned it would be referred to locally as the 'Red 'oil'. He had overheard it described as such while travelling on a tramcar. This image shows advertising for 'My Side of the Mountain' starring Teddy Eccles and Theodore Bikel and 'Hello Down There' with Janet Leigh and Tony Randall. The Tower closed as a cinema in 1985 and became a nightclub from 1986.

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