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Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road

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Hyde Park Picture House, Brudenell Road
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c2001. View shows the Hyde Park Picture House on the corner of Queen's Road (left) and Brudenell Road (right). This small cinema was opened on the 7th November 1914 during the First World War and the first film shown was Their Only Son, a patriotic drama. Despite the war years audiences grew with the cinema being a vital source for news bulletins and war footage as sell as escapism. It continued its success after the war and throughout the twentieth century, and kept on going while other cinemas were closing down all around in face of competition from TV, video, DVDs and the mulitplex cinemas etc. In 1989 it was threatened with closure but was saved by Leeds City Council and taken over by the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd., an independent company within the council who are also resonsible for preserving the Grand Theatre and the City Varieties. It is still going strong today (2012) showing a mix of art house and mainstream films, backed up by screenings of classics. The Grade II listed building occupies the site of a social club built c1908 but it is unclear whether or not the cinema was adopted from that building or was a completely new build in 1914. The ornate gas lamps outside are also Grade II listed.

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joyce Lee

Comment:
How lovely to see this picture of the Hyde Park, this was another favorite haunt for my sister and I, and always so welcoming in the foyer,after walking all the way up from Greystone Street, which was behind the Burley Picture House. A long walk for two little lasses under the age of 11,in the dark, and frequently in a pea souper of a fog. Still it was worth it , I think there was an open fire in the foyer,and we saw many great films there.

Date:
21-Mar-2012

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Doug Malsbury

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My home in Royal Park Avenue was about 10 minutes walk away and as we didn`t have a television in the 1950`s (not many people did) this was my main source of entertainment, along with Burley Road and the Lyceum.Saturday mornings was the Gaumont club in Cookeridge Street. I saw Reach For The Sky here, and along with many others nationwide felt very hot and queasy during the operating theatre scene when Douglas Bader had his legs amputated. This was a great area to grow up in - so many cinemas, shops and parks within a few minutes walk.

Date:
27-Jun-2012

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wjdmalsbury@btinternet.com

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albert murray

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spent many a happy hour here in the sixties with my girlfriend edith brierly

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03-Jan-2013

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