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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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Assembly Rooms in Assembly Street (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated Image shows the Assembly Rooms in Assembly Street which were built as part of the third White Cloth Hall and which opened on 9th June 1777. Sir George Saville and Lady Effingham hosted the opening and the admission charge was half a guinea (52.5p) for one gentleman and two ladies. Over 200 people attended the event.
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Assembly Rooms, Assembly Street (City Centre)
Black & White imagec.1910. In Georgian Leeds, the nobility and gentry of the city required a centre for social engagements. The Assembly Rooms which were built over the north wing of the Third White Cloth Hall in 1777, provided the perfect venue with a highly decorative ballroom and a suite of supper rooms and card rooms. By the mid 1800s the Assembly Rooms had been converted to a Working Mens Club before becoming William Towler's Globe Foundry Warehouse as shown in this view. In the 1920s Hirst's Tobacco changed the name of the building to Waterloo House. The building has now, however been restored to its original function, as a venue for entertainment including the Cafe Rouge, the entrance to which can be seen towards the right with a roof gable.
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Assembly Rooms, junction of Crown Street and Assembly Street (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated View of the Assembly Rooms at the junction with Crown Street(foreground) and Assembly Street, right. Opened in 1777, they were a venue for evening entertainment and balls. By the 1860s the building became a Working Men's Institute. The business seen here of L. Hirst & Son, Tobacco Merchants & Wholesale Tobacconists, occupied the building from 1923 and renamed it Waterloo House. Now the old Assembly Rooms have been restored and include the Cafe Rouge and the Pitcher and Piano Bar.
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Assembly Street (old Assembly Rooms) (City Centre)
Black & White image1946. View showing old Assembly rooms on Assembly Street. Photograph was taken to show proposed site for car parking accomodation.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White imageC1973. View of Assembly Street showing the Assembly Rooms on the right. Once the centre of Leeds social life as part of the Third White Cloth Hall, at the time of the picture the building was occupied by L.Hirst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants. Cars are parked on the road and the Corn Exchange can be seen on the left.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms, interior view (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. Colour drawing of the interior of the Assembly Rooms on Assembly Street, at the time when it was the hub of the Leeds social life as part of the Third White Cloth Hall. The picture shows a ball in progress. The Assembly Rooms were opened on 9th June 1777 and continued as a venue for evening entertainment and balls until the 1860s when the building became a Working Men's Institute.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms, rear view (City Centre)
Black & White imageC 1973. View of an alleyway at the rear of the old Assembly Rooms on Assembly Street, the building on the right. It was occupied by L. Hirst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants, who took over the building in 1923 and renamed Waterloo House. The picture is taken from Crown Street.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms, rear view (City Centre)
Black & White imageC 1973. Rear view of Waterloo House, the building that was formerly the Assembly Rooms, part of the Third White Cloth Hall, on Assembly Street Occupied at the time by L. Hirst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants, who took over the building in 1923. A car park can be seen at the front.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms, rear view (City Centre)
Black & White imageC 1973. View of the rear of the former Assembly Rooms on Assembly Street, then occupied by L. Hirst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants, and known as Waterloo House. An alleyway on the right of the picture leads to Crown Street.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms, rear view (City Centre)
Black & White imageC1973. View of the rear of the former Assembly Rooms on Assembly Street, renamed Waterloo House and at the time occupied by L. Hirst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants. A car park is seen in front of the building.
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Assembly Street, Assembly Rooms. (City Centre)
Black & White imageC 1973. View of Assembly Street showing the Assembly Rooms which were originally part of the Third White Cloth Hall and after their opening on 9th June 1777 became a centre of Leeds social life. In the 1860s the Assembly Rooms became a working men's institute then in 1923 were taken over by L. Hurst & Son, Wholesale Tobacco Merchants, who renamed the building Waterloo House and who still occupied it at the time of this picture about 50 years later.
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Bondgate, Bowling Green (Otley)
Black & White imagec Nov-Dec 1976. View of Bondgate showing the Bowling Green public house in the centre, with New Market on the left and Crossgate on the right after the Memorial Garden. The Grade II listed Bowling Green was built c1757 as a Court House and Assembly Rooms and may also have been a school and chapel before becoming an inn around the 1830s; an 1834 directory lists the landlord as Jos. Mallinson. At the time of the photo the landlord was probably Trevor Wallis, who retired in 2006 after just over 30 years. A large collection of memorabilia he had amassed in the pub was sold at auction in September that year. Plans were in place to turn the building into flats but at the last minute it was bought up by pub chain J.D. Wetherspoon; it reopened as a Wetherspoon's pub on 9th July 2010, retaining the name Bowling Green.
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Bowling Green Public House, Bondgate no. 18 (Otley) (4 comments)
Colour imageOctober 2003 The Bowling Green public house dates back to 1757 when it was built by Nathaniel Aked as a court house. Deemed unsuitable it underwent a change of use to Assembly Rooms, and became a venue for plays and concerts. Dances were held in the upper room which was accessed by an exterior staircase. On August 21st, 1781 the newspaper, the Leeds Intelligencer reported the occasion of a ball held here. It was organised by a Mr Raw, who was a well known dancing master of the day. The building has been an Inn since 1825.
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Bridge Church in Bridge Street (Otley)
Colour imageOctober 2003 This is the United Reformed Church in Bridge Street, known as the Bridge Church. A group of travelling Scottish Drapers brought the Congregational Movement to Otley in 1821. Meetings were held in the assembly rooms above the Bowling Green Pub in Bondgate, and also the pump room at the rear of the Black Bull. In 1826 the movement had its first permanent premises, the Salem Chapel built on this site. This was much altered and enlarged over the decades until a new church was built in 1899, the Duncan Cathedral. The Congregational movement merged with the Presbyterians to create, the United Reformed Church in 1972, and since then has been known as the Bridge Church.
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Cookridge Street, former Gaumont Cinema (City Centre) (4 comments)
Black & White image1970. View of the Gaumont Cinema on Cookridge Street. When it first opened on Wednesday 15th July 1885 the Coliseum was run as a concert hall and variety theatre. It was built to designs by architect, W. Bakewell and originally seated an audience of 3,000 although the seating was later reduced to 1,700. The Gaumont opened as the Coliseum cinema advertising 'new century animated pictures' in 1905 when the proprietor was Sydney Carter. He later moved his successful enterprise to the Assembly Rooms on New Briggate (1907). The management in the early 1930s became Gaumont Ltd and the name of the cinema changed to The Gaumont-Coliseum on Monday 24th October 1938 and re-opened with showings of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', released in 1937, and 'Rhythm on the Ranch' with Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette. It closed on Saturday 23rd December 1961 with 'Pied Piper of Hamblin' starring Van Johnson. Subsequently, the Gaumont became a Bingo Hall until 1969 and this image was taken after it had closed. The premises have since been the venue of the Town and Country Club (1992 - 2000) and, more recently, Creation nightclub (2001 - 2007. Presently, (2013) it is the O2 Academy and has been since 2008 when the Kaiser Chiefs performed at the opening gig on the 8th October. The Coliseum was the site of at least two suffragette related disturbances both coinciding with the visits of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. The first disturbances took place on Saturday 10th October 1908 when Asquith was in Leeds to address a meeting at the Coliseum. A large crowd of suffragettes had gathered in Vernon Street where they joined with the Unemployed Leader Alfred Kitson and a crowd of men marching for the 'right to work'. They marched to the Coliseum to try and speak with Asquith and present a petition. It ended with the arrests of suffragette Mrs Jennie Baines and Alfred Kitson for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly. In November 1908 Baines became the first member of the WSPU to be tried by jury. Refusing to be bound over, she was convicted to six weeks imprisonment because "She did not recognise the laws of this Court administered by Men". Kitson was also charged with assaulting a police officer. Asquith visited the Coliseum again on 27 November 1913, thousands of suffragettes gathered in Victoria Square before continuing the demonstration along Great George Street to the Coliseum. As they passed the Labour Exchange offices at the corner of Great George Street and Portland Crescent, large stones were thrown shattering the fifteen feet tall windows. Suffragette Leonora Cohen was arrested for smashing the windows and Jessie Hunter for assaulting the police and other disturbances.
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Corn Exchange (City Centre)
Colour image1998. Image shows the Corn Exchage looking from the car park across Cloth Hall Street. On the right, the white building is the former Assembly Rooms known as Waterloo House in Assembly Street. Near the elaborate entrance to the Corn Exchange on the left Duncan Street, New Market Street and Call Lane meet. The Corn Exchange is decorated for Christmas.
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Corner House Cinema, price list and advertising boards (Moortown)
Black & White image20th May 1939. View of entrance to corner house cinema with price list and board advertising George Bernard Shaw 'Pygmalion.' The cinema opened on 28th November 1938 but closed 6th January 1940. After closure it became known as the assembly rooms.
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Corner House, Harrogate Road (Moortown)
Black & White image20th February 1936 This building was designed by Pudsey architect James Brodie Shop units to the leftand right the central core of the building Housing a squash court, ballroom, cafe and assembly roomsBoards for the cafe advertise morning coffee, hot luncheons, afternoon tea.
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Corner House, Cinema, Harrogate Road (Moortown)
Black & White image19th October 1939 Cinema had opened on November 29th 1938 but closed on January 6th 1940 The first to be shown was A Yank at Oxford with Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh Admission pices were 6d (2 1/2) and 1/-(5p)The cinema did not have a licence to show feature films, a dispute about displaying category boards for feature films forced the closure of the cinema. It was then renamed the Assembly Rooms and was a popular dance venue.
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