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Plaza Cinema, Assembly Rooms, 32 New Briggate (City Centre) (45 comments)
Black & White image1970. View showing the Plaza Cinema at 32 New Briggate. The building, designed by George Corson and James Robertson Watson of Leeds, opened as the Assembly Rooms Concert Hall in 1898. It became a cinema on Monday 15th April 1907 advertising "new century talking and singing pictures". The opening picture was a film showing the stage act of 'Little Tich', an English music hall comedian whose real name was Harry Relph. The picture house was able to seat an audience of 1,100 and admission charges were: front circle 2/- (10p) and 1/6d (7.5p), side circle and stalls 1/- (5p), area 6d (2.5p) and gallery 3d (1p). The name changed to the 'Plaza' on Monday 25th August 1958 until its closure in 1985. The Assembly Rooms are now (Nov. 2007) being restored as part of the major Grand Theatre refurbishments.
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Albion Street, Denby and Spinks (City Centre) (10 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Albion Street from early part of the 20th century, showing, in the centre, no. 27 - 33, Denby & Spinks Carpet & Furniture Stone. This building was formerly the Albion Street Music Hall, dating from 1792-3; the lower part was occupied by the Albion Carpet Warehouse from 1850 and the rest sold on 9th February 1870; it became Denby & Spinks 1876. The site is now part of the Leeds Shopping Plaza. On the right of the picture is no. 35-37, Charles William Lillie, ironmonger, with Albion Walk in between this and Denby & Spinks. In the background on the left is L.E. Knight & Co, wholesale jeweller, at no. 13. a streetlamp can be seen.
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Benjamin Hale Worrall, election poster (Morley)
Black & White imagec1890. This is a poster for Benjamin Hale Worrall ("The Practical Economist") for putting up as a candidate for Morley Town Council in local elections about 1890. Ben Worrall was a typical Victorian self-made man. He had made profit from the Alliance Hotel (which he rebuilt as the Queen), from the Music Hall he started there, from Morley Market, from the sporting activities in Queens Park which he also built and from his trotting horses. Unfortunately after making it on to the Council he died in his early 50s in 1892. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Bridge End, looking north towards the river and Briggate (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. Very early image showing Bridge End, looking north towards the River Aire and Briggate. Above the door of the premises at the left edge there is a sign with the just visible name of "F. Boocock, Cork Cutter" displayed. Frederick Boocock's business was situated at number 31 Bridge End. Next is a Bookseller's run by Thomas Child at number 32, followed by Robert Cross, Confectioner at number 33. At number 34 is the Haberdashery business of John Jones. Beyond the curve of the buildings on the right Bridge End crosses over the the River Aire on the old Leeds Bridge and then the next junction left is Tenter Lane. The age of this photograph can be roughly identified from the Directories of Leeds which were published regularly and list the names of shops and businesses in a particular year. In this case,all the shops and businesses were listed in the 1867 Trade Directory. The theatre and music hall posters displayed on the walls also give a clue regarding the date. The tall figure of a woman, Annie Swan, originally from Nova Scotia, is pictured with a much smaller man, (possibly "Tom Thumb" who she was often paired with for greater effect). Weighing in at 18lbs when she was born in 1846, she continued to grow to nearly 8 feet tall and began touring with shows across America and in England. While in England she met and married Kentucky born Martin Van Buren Bates who also had what we now know as the medical condition, gigantism. Anna died of TB in 1888. Also pictured are the conjoined twins from Siam (now Thailand), Chang and Eng Bunker. In between careers as farmers in North Carolina they toured the world, employing their own management and appearing at venues such as Music Halls when in England. They both died in 1874 within 3 hours of each other. This photograph therefore is most likely to date from the 1860s. Photograph by Wormald of Leeds.
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Briggate, Empire Palace Theatre (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated, Looking north up Briggate in early 1900s. To the left can be seen the sign for the Leopard Hotel in Wheat Sheaf Yard. This site was demolished in 1903 to make way for the new Albion Place. Right of centre can be seen the Empire Palace Theatre which opened its doors on August 29th 1898. It was a Stoll Moss theatre and was a venue for a music hall. The first Boots chemist opened in 1902 on the corner of Briggate and King Edward Street, seen far right.
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Briggate, Empire Theatre (City Centre) (11 comments)
Black & White image1960. View of Briggate showing the Empire Palace Theatre in the centre, once a popular music hall and now the site of Harvey Nichol's department store. Also in the picture are, on the right, Phillip's Shoe Corner and next to this Readicut Wool Company Ltd. Beyond the theatre are Willerby & Co. Ltd, Tailors and Mark Rowlands, furnishers.
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Briggate, Empire Theatre (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White image1960. View of Briggate showing the Empire Palace Theatre in the centre. Designed by London architect Frank Matcham, it was opened on 29th August 1898 and became a popular music hall for many years before it closed on 25th February 1961. It was demolished in January 1962 and became the site of the Empire Arcade in 1964 before being redeveloped as Harvey Nichol's department store. Also in the picture are Mark Rowlands furnishers, Willerby's Tailors, Readicut Wool Shop and Phillip's Shoes.
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Briggate, looking towards Upperhead and Lowerhead Rows, watercolour painting by Pete Lapish (City Centre)
Colour imagec1900. Watercolour painting by Leeds artist, Pete Lapish, showing Briggate under a covering of snow. The view is in the direction of the Headrow, or Upperhead Row and Lowerhead Row as it was known then, and dates from before 1905 when the open-topped trams were still in operation. Boots Cash Chemists, occupying numbers 112, 113 and 114 Briggate at the junction with King Edward Street, are advertising Christmas Trees for sale. To the left of Boots the ornate building of the Empire Music Hall designed by Frank Matcham is visible, with the statue on the top. More of Pete Lapish's images can be seen on his website www.petelapish.art
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Briggate, showing the Empire Palace Theatre, tinted postcard (City Centre)
Colour imageUndated. Tinted postcard view of Briggate looking in the direction of the Headrow or Upperhead Row and Lowerhead Row as it was known then. At the right side is the frontage of the Empire Palace Theatre which opened in Briggate on 29th August 1898 as a music hall. It was built to designs by London architect Frank Matcham. The theatre had a lead, flat roof, part of which was mounted on rails. This section could be moved back in good weather to provide a large ventilation opening, probably to remove build up of smoke from the smokers in the audience. The cast iron and glass canopy over the entrance was demolished c1949-50 as a safety measure. The Empire Theatre closed in 1961 and was demolished in 1962. The site became the Empire Arcade before the present store, Harvey Nichols was opened. In the centre the junction with Queen Victoria Street is visible. In 1990 the street was given a stained glass roof as part of the £6 million Victoria Quarter Scheme. The postcard is stamped October 1905.
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City Varieties (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White image25th January 1949. Interior view of Leeds City Varieties showing the stage, orchestra pit, stalls and side galleries. The music hall theatre was opened in 1865 by Charles Thornton as Thornton's New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge. Charlie Chaplin appeared here in his early music hall days and the Good Old Days were filmed here. Could be approached from Swan Street or The Headrow.
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City Varieties, Headrow (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated The White Swan coaching inn, was built in 1762 on this site, a singing room was added in 1766 establishing a tradition for entertainment, Charles Thornton rebuilt a singing room over a newer White Swan Inn which was opened as Thornton's new music hall in 1865, by 1876 it was closed and offered for sale, this was the first of many changes of ownership, it was finally purchased by Leeds City Council in 1988, the tradition of variety theatre was upheld by the world famous 'Good Old Days' which ran for 30 years on television, this view shows the entrance from the Headrow, there was also an entrance from Swan Street.
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City Varieties, interior (City Centre)
Black & White image29th March 1960. View of the interior of the City Varieties theatre, showing the stage where a man is performing and one of the side galleries. The City Varieties has been a popular music hall since 1865; its site on the Headrow has been a place for entertainment for much longer, with the White Swan Inn which previously occupied it having a singing room opened in 1766.
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City Varieties, line and wash drawing (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image1995. This line and wash drawing depicts the City Varieties Music Hall in Swan Street. Swan Street runs between Lands Lane and Briggate and the view is looking in the direction of Briggate. The City Varieties is currently (2010) undergoing a major refurbishment programme with funding from Leeds City Council (5.2 million), the Heritage Lottery Fund (£2.74 million) and £1.3 million raised by the efforts of the Friends of the City Varieties Music Halll. The theatre has been closed since the end of January 2009 while the renovations take place. The drawing is by Gilmour.
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City Varieties, Music Hall, Swan Street (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image1999 View looks from Briggate up Swan Street towards the box office and entrance to the City Varieties. On the left edge is a cafe, The Bagal Factory'. A blackboard on the pavement is also visible. Entertainment facilities have been offered on this site since a singing room opened at the White Swan Inn in 1766.
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City Varieties, 'The Good Old Days' (City Centre)
Colour imageC1999. Image shows an evening performance of 'The Good Old Days' at the City Varieties in Swan Street. These shows are a tribute to the Music Hall acts of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Between 1953 and 1983 the BBC filmed the 'Good Old Days' hosted by Leonard Sachs. It was customary for the audience to dress up in period costume. The shows are still produced each year to a packed audience although no longer televised. The building is Grade II listed and dates back to 1865 when Charles Thornton built it over the White Swan to replace the White Swan Singing Room. It was known as Thornton's Fashionable Lounge.
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County Arcade looking towards Vicar Lane. (City Centre)
Black & White image20th July 1982. View of the County Arcade looking in the direction of Vicar Lane. The arcade was designed by renowned Theatre and Music Hall architect, Frank Matcham, and built between 1898 and 1903. The arcade was built on the former site of Cheapside and the Shambles including Queen Victoria and King Edward Streets. In this 1980s image it is possible to see many fine details such as the ornate cast iron first floor balconies and the columns and pilasters of Sienna marble. Some of the shops & businesses seen include Saltaire Galleries, Waynes shoe shop, Acropolis Coffee Lounge and, at the right edge, Walco Footwear, Luggage and Leathergoods at numbers 11 to 13. The entrance to Queen Victoria Street is behind the women looking in the window of Saltaire Galleries, left of centre.
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Denby & Spinks, Albion Street (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White imagec. 1900. View of Denby and Spinks store on Albion Street. This firm was founded in 1849 by Alfred Denby and joined in the 1860s by Albert Spink. Original premises were in Albion Place but in 1876 they acquired the premises shown in the photograph. This building had formerly been the Music Hall and had been used since 1850 as the Albion Carpet Warehouse. The photograph shows two horse drawn carriages outside the shop. The store was sold in 1958.
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Denby & Spinks, Albion Street (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated View of Denby & Spinks Ltd on Albion Street. This building was formerly the Albion Street Music Hall and had more recently been the premises of the Albion Carpet Warehouse. This view shows the new shop front which had been erected in 1927. The shop was sold in 1958.
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Empire Palace Theatre, Briggate (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated, Designed by London architect Frank Matchem and opened on 29th August 1898 the Empire Palace Theatre was considered one of the country's finest stoll moss (music hall) theatres. Seating 1750 people on three tiers it was visited by stars including Charlie Chaplin and Gracie Fields while Cliif Richards 1959 pop concert saw the stage door besieged by hysteric fans. The theatre closed on the 25th February 1961 and demolished in January 1962. It then became the site of the Empire Arcade and in 1996 the home of Harvey Nichols Store.
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Empire Theatre, Briggate (City Centre) (5 comments)
Black & White imageFebruary 1961 On the left is the Empire Theatre designed by London Architect Frank Matchem opened on 29th August 1898. A popular music hall of the stoll moss variety, the Empire Theatre was closed on the 25th February 1961 and demolished in January 1962 to become the Empire Arcade and then the site of Harvey Nichols first store outside London. Advertised are a 2pm and 7pm showing of 'Emile Littler's 18th All Star Leeds Laughter pantomine Babes in the Wood.' With Nat Jackley , Ian Wallace, Allan Bruce, Brian Burdon and Margaret Freer. On the right is the Readicut Wool Co Ltd, the Knitting & Rug Wool Specialists'. In the foreground are some 1950s style cars.
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