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Shaftesbury Cinema


Shaftesbury Cinema
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4th November 1955. Shaftesbury Cinema with the front entrance in the middle of the photograph. The shops along Harehills Lane can be seen as can shoppers. The cinema was in the Art Deco style and opened in 1928.

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K.MOYLES

Comment:
The shop with the canopy was called Stephenson`s also there was a bike shop at the very end of that parade

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Paul Horner

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The Shaftesbury cinema was opened by Sir Charles Wison MP on Saturday October 20 1928 with the film 'Beau Geste'plus on stage the "Black Dyke Band" The seating capacity was 1,603. Behind the screen was large stage measuring 25 ft by 26ft which was used to hold live concerts. The cinema closed on Saturday 25th June 1975 with 'Death Wish' and 'Bad Company'The building was demolished in July 1980

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sid cohen

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this cinema was equipped with ROSS PROJECTORS owned by ABC cinemas Ritz vicar lane and Gaiety cinema rhounday road.

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R.BEDFORD

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Not sure of the dates but i saw Cliff Richard and i think other rock and roll stars of the late 50s earley 60s at the Shafts.

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Diane Lawton (nee Ford)

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As children we used to go to the "Minors" (Saturday Matinee)every Saturday morning.Regular feature films were: Flash Gordon;Hopalong Cassidy;The Three Stooges;Roy Rogers & Trigger;cartoons, to name but a few.Coco the clown appeared regularly on stage, to hand out birthday gifts to children who's birthday occurred within the week.

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Frank Rowett

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It also had a revolving stage which was bigger than the onbe at the Grand Theatre.

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Den Harris

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the building was certainly not demolished in 1980, it still stands there today, the council have recently decided to improve the area to attract local business.

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frances wicks

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I too used to sometimes go to the saturday matinee with my brothers and sisters while our mother went to the market shopping for meat and veg etc.My mother couldn`t really afford for us to go,but it was cheaper and easier than paying bus fares and dragging us all round town on a busy saturday afternnon.It was really exciting queuing up outside to get in,but horrible if the film ended on a cliff hanger as we never knew if we`d have the money to go back the following week and see the ending! Sometimes the film would stop midway as there was some sort of fault and all the kids would boo and some would take the opportunity to have a fight(not me!) and the usherette would have her work cut out sorting everyone out! If you got thrown out-as my brothers sometimes did- it was easy to go right round the back of the building onto the black hills and sneak back in through the toilets-imagine all that these days !! The cinema is now a workmans cafe.My sister and I went in one day last year for a greasy breakfast-just for the memory like........

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fwicks@btinternet.com

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john lawton

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the bike shop mentioned earlier was Booth`s, one of the last managers was Eric Artiss a very good racing member of South Leeds R.C.

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Sylvia Hodges (nee Perkins)

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The cinema was going to be demolished (about 1961) and we all protested outside on the last night, anyway it kept open for a few more years. I had my first real date there, we sat in the double seats on the back row. The shop next door was the only one in the district to sell ice cream in winter. Most winters I caught tonsilitis and ice cream was recommended by the doctor, much to my delight. Above the shops on the right of the building was a dance hall, I think it is a club now. My parents met there in the 1940's and I used to go there at lunchtime from Brownhill School to bop.

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Brian Procter

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I was also an 'ABC Minor' in the 40's. I lived in Nowell Walk and went with my mates. We used to sing the ABC Minors' song. The cliff hangers were great - especially Captain Marvel. I also went occasionally during the week, and when I was 12, I saw Rocketship XM, the greatest sci-fi film. Now I have it on DVD! Also later on I did some of my courting there in the double seats????

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ken Wharton

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One major memory of this place dates back to when I was a 9 year-old and living at Dennil Road, Swarcliffe. I was allowed to take the tram from Cross gates - unaccompanied - to the Shaftesbury where I saw a future James Bond (Sean Connery with hair) singing in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People". I had nightmares about banshees for years afterwards ! Memories like this are unbeatable.

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ken_wharton@hotmail.com

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luke oliver

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just after the cinema closed down, from the late 60s to 1985 the atha familys fairground winter quarters were just behind the cinema.

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luke.oliver@tesco.net

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Christine Pease

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I too enjoyed my Saturday mornings at the ABC Minors with my friends, and have fond memories of a gentleman giving a demonstation of his expertise with the Yo-Yo to a particularly unruly & vocal audience. We left none the wiser. Unfortunately I was too young to see the performing elephants (Lena, Julia, Roxia & Jennie), who appeared at the Shaftesbury for one week from 30th March, 1936. Performing each evening with two matinees on a specially strengthened stage, they gave displays of baseball, cricket fencing & acrobatics. The elephants were stabled at Elam Farm at the bottom of Halton Hill. Each night, after their performance, the elephants were walked back to the stables in a line, with a light carried in the trunk of the leader & another carried in the tail of the elephant bringing up the rear.

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11-Mar-2009

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andrew.fstr@yahoo.com

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Fred Smith

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Not sure when the Shaftesbury shut down, but one of the last films I saw there was Slade in Flame. That means it must have been still open in early 1970s. The cinema wasn't local to us and we had to catch the 91 (might've still been the 44 back then) down from Chapeltown..

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17-Sep-2009

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Kevin R

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The last film shown at the Shaftesbury Cinema was Shampoo. It was released in 1975.

Date:
17-Jan-2010

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kevinrushfirth@tiscali.co.uk

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Janet Cliff

Comment:
If Diane Lawton (nee Ford) sees this message, did you used to know the Cliffs on Neville Place? Thanks.

Date:
16-Apr-2010

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comacalm@hotmail.co.uk

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brian hall

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in reply to janet cliffs question jack cliff was the local plumber and a friend of my father tommy they were drinking partners at the dog and gun i went to neville place many times to play with stan who was about a year older than me jean was in the same class as me at corpus christi the younger childrens names escape me i think one was called peter an old schoolmate of mine recently received an e mail i think it was from jeans daughter in australia he could not remember her i sent a message to the e mail address he gave but have not had a reply unless he gave me the wrong address the last time i spoke to her was about 1960 when she came back for a visit i hope all the family is well

Date:
19-Apr-2010

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mrhall2007@talktalk.net

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nigel edwards

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We all went to the shaftsbury as a reward for compleing the primrose hill 22 mile sponsored walk around 1968 l think.

Date:
19-Mar-2013

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nigel.edwards2809@gmail.com

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Jean

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Can any one remember the dance hall at the Shaftesbury in 50s used to go there in the 50s with my friends if you can I would love to hear from you thanks my email address is milholdas@talktalk.net

Date:
10-Oct-2013

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miiholdas@talktalk.net

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Jean

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Can any one remember the dance hall at the Shaftesbury in 60s I used to go there I loved going with my friends if you can I would love to hear from you thanks my email address is milholdas@talktalk.net

Date:
05-Jul-2014

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milholdas@talktalk.net

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Luke

Comment:
Not sure if its the same dance hall,but at the very end of the building in the photo was The Jubilee(1970s) later to be called The Carousel Bar(1980s) and as far as im aware is now called The Starlight Bar.I often went in that bar/disco in the 1980s and it was more like a boxing ring than a dance hall in those days.By far the roughest bar in Leeds in the 1980s.

Date:
20-Sep-2014

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lukealanoliver@outlook.com

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Jack Maude

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re shaftesbury cinema.good times i was there.the dance hall called the starlight bar. i also went to the saturday morning club.as i lived in the rookwoods itwas handy

Date:
21-Dec-2016

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jackmaude@outlook.com

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Patrick Loftus

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Message for Jack Maude, your name seems to ring a bell. I used to live in Rookwood Place, from 1942 up to 1966 when I married. I used to go to the Shaftesbury Cinema, like most children me and my Brothers used to looked forward to Saturday Minors. Very noisy at times but enjoyed every minuet of it. My local was the Shaftebury Pub and the Dog and Gun. The Shaftesbury was an amazing place very busy sometimes you couldn't get a seat, also on a weekend there were entertainment, it got very lively at times. The White Horse was another well known Pub for weekend entertainment, standing room only. I met my Wife Catherine in the Shaftesbury Pub, the Pub has gone, but 50yrs on we are still together. p.s. I am using Catherine's email address for this comment.

Date:
01-Feb-2017

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kateloftus7@yahoo.com

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Jean

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Name:Jean Comment:Can any one remember the dance hall at the Shaftesbury in 60s I used to go there I loved going with my friends if you can I would love to hear from you thanks my email address is milholdas@talktalk.net ________________________________________________________________________________

Date:
10-Feb-2017

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milholdas@talktalk.net

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Smitha989

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Date:
08-Apr-2017

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Name:
Jack maude

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Message for Sylvia Hodges (new Perkins).did you have a friend called Christian also a cousin calle Eric.does anyone known.Donald wood Barry white.David pike Dennis clarkson who lived in Rookwood parade Leeds 9

Date:
17-May-2017

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Brenda Jackson (was Tebbs)

Comment:
I lived on York Road opposite the fire station, I also went to the Saturday morning 'minors' club, I remember the song we used to sing, I also went to the Starlight bar dances, this was in the 50's,I do not recognise any of the names mentioned here, but would love to hear if anyone recognises my name.

Date:
22-Jun-2017

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btebbs89@gmail.com

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Robert Denton

Comment:
I remember going here with my older brothers. I have a faint memory of getting in cheaper/for free using my Brooke Bond Tea tokens. Can anyone remember these? I think it was called the Saturday club,

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05-Aug-2018

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