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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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1 City Square (City Centre) (5 comments)
Colour image28th October 1999 View of number 1 City Square with seabird sculpture visible. The building was opened in 1996 for Norwich Union and was designed by Abbey Hanson Rowe.
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1 City Square (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image28th October 1999 View of seabird sculptures outside number 1 City Square. The building was opened in 1996 for Norwich Union and was designed by Abbey Hanson Rowe.
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7th Annual Lord Mayor's Parade showing the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds. (City Centre)
Colour image21st June 1980. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eric Atkinson MBE, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Atkinson chat to one of the team from Lewis's department store in the Headrow who have submitted an entry of a decorated float in the 7th Annual Lord Mayor's Parade. It can be partially seen, right, and depicted an American Western style steam engine cleverly constructed and decorated using 20,000 ribbon bows. The float and participants had assembled on Woodhouse Moor prior to the procession.
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7th Lord Mayor's Annual Parade, Lewis's 'Fells Wargo Railway Co.' (City Centre) (2 comments)
Colour image21st June 1980. Image shows proud members of Lewis's 'Fells Wargo Railway Co.'(A humorous play on words with reference to 'Wells Fargo', of course). They pose in their colourful costumes in front of the spectacular decorated steam engine of the American West. This was Lewis's entry to the 7th Lord Mayor's Parade for which it won Best Overall Entry. It took over 20,000 ribbon parcel bows to decorate the float. Four female staff are dressed as saloon girls complete with buttoned boots and Ostrich feather headdresses. There is a cowboy in the centre and the two North American indians are Neil Malloch, left, and Simon Riley, right, both from the Display Department of Lewis's on the Headrow. The Parade set off from Woodhouse Moor, seen here, then went down Woodhouse Lane, then Merrion Street and Vicar Lane, into Briggate then the Headrow, on to Calverley Street, past the Civic Hall to salute the Lord Mayor and finally returned to Woodhouse Moor.
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7th Lord Mayor's Parade, Woodhouse Moor showing a young participant (City Centre)
Colour image21st June 1980. Image taken during the 7th Lord Mayor's Parade which started from Woodhouse Moor. The little girl, in her fancy costume, is seated on the float entered by Lewis's department store depicting a steam engine of the American West. The engine is constructed using bales of straw, but on the outside it was completely covered in over 20,000 ribbon bows in red, green and gold. The little girl wears a sequinned, layered net skirt and a silver cape trimmed with swansdown. She carries a wand with silver bells, beads and trailing white ribbons. It was a cold, showery day but a successful one for Lewis's as the store won 'The Lord's Mayor's Award for the Best Overall Entry.
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A Children's Ward, postcard (City Centre)
Black & White imagec1906. Postcard showing a children's ward, possibly at Leeds General Infirmary. A postmark of 21st December 1906 is stamped on the back.
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A Remnant of Old Briggate, postcard (City Centre) (8 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. This postcard, entitled 'A Remnant of Old Briggate', shows no. 56, one of the oldest buildings on Briggate. It was built in 1613 by Richard Sykes, who became an Alderman of Leeds in 1629, having been a key figure in the campaign for the granting of Leeds' Charter of Incorporation in 1626. The building is occupied here by F. Wallis, hosier and glover; the words 'Ye Olde Stone Shoppe' are seen above the name, and a panel above this says 'RS1613'. It was taken over by Timpsons's Shoes in 1919 and demolished by them in 1955 to make way for a new shop. The entrance to the Pack Horse Inn Yard is incoporated into the building on the left.
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A young boy models a Hussar overcoat for the clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. (City Centre)
Black & White imageC1891. In this image a young boy models a Hussar overcoat made by the clothing manufacturing firm John Barran & Sons. At the time of the photograph, the firm was located in a building designed by Thomas Ambler and completed in 1877, in St.Paul's Street with views onto the Georgian Park Square. There was also an additional factory built in 1888 in Hanover Lane as the company expanded over the years. Clothing manufactured for boys was a major part of Barran's business and orders for these ready-to-wear, miniature suits and coats arrived from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the Continent. Some of the clothes were designed as fancy dress, for example, pirate's costumes, guardsman's and beefeater's uniforms. The young 'model' is Herbert Giles (b.1885) who was the son of Arthur Giles, a sewing machine fitter (machine smith) at John Barran's. on the 1891 Census Herbert was listed with his family at number 1 Stratford Street in Hunslet.
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A young boy models a sailor suit for the clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. (City Centre)
Black & White imageC1891. A little boy dressed in a Sailor Suit poses for the camera for the firm of clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. The trade in ready-to-wear tailoring for boys was an important part of the business at this time. The Sailor Suit was popular but there was also a demand for fancy dress and these were exported to Canada, Austrailia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and the Continent. The boy in this image is is Herbert, whose father was a Machine Smith employed by Barran's, name of Arthur Giles. The Giles family are listed on the 1891 Census as living at number 1 Stratford Street in Hunslet. John Barran began his career in Leeds at the age of 22 with a small shop at number 30 Bridge End South. By 1851 he had moved to number 1 Briggate but his recognition of the potential of the new American invention of the sewing machine led him to opening a factory in Alfred Street. The business really took off when he worked with the firm of Greenwood and Batley to produce the band knife for bulk pattern cutting. The rapid expansion of the ready-to-wear business for Barran's in Leeds meant several moves. By the time the new warehouse in Chorley Lane opened in 1904, which adjoined the factory of 1888 in Hanover Lane, 3,000 people were in the employment of John Barran & Sons.
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A young boy models a suit for the clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. (City Centre)
Black & White imageC1891. Image shows a young boy modelling a light-coloured suit with metal buttons and a waistcoat beneath, made by the clothing manufacturing firm of John Barran & Sons. The young boy is Walter Giles, born in 1880 at number 4 Waverley Street in Holbeck. He is the son of an employee of Barran's, a Machine Smith by the name of Arthur Giles. There was, at this time, a successful export trade in young boys' tailored clothing and a demand for miniature soldier's and sailor's uniforms and fancy dress. By 1891 John Barran's had a warehouse in an innovative building in St. Paul's Street, designed by Thomas Ambler and completed in 1877, now known as St. Paul's House. The firm also had a recently opened factory in Hanover Lane (1888). Later, in 1904, a further warehouse was built in Chorley Lane adjoining the Hanover Lane premises. By this time Barran's was employing 3,000 people, many of them women and young girls. The rapid growth of ready -to-wear tailoring business was due to the advancement in technology of such proccesses as pattern-cutting and sewing by machine, including blind stitching, button holing and buttoning.
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A. Booth & Sons, Briggate (City Centre)
Black & White imageCirca 1900s. Letterhead, A. Booth & Sons, tailors and costumiers, 143 Briggate, Leeds, with illustration of shop.
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ABC Cinema, Vicar Lane (City Centre) (23 comments)
Black & White image1970. View showing the ABC Cinema on Vicar Lane. The Cinema opened on 19th November 1934 as the Ritz Cinema. The name changed to the ABC on 23rd May 1959. The photograph dates from when the ABC was re-opened as a twin cinema, on 5th April 1970, with showings of 'Paint Your Wagon' and 'Spring and Port Wine'. It then became the first triple cinema in Leeds when the former stalls area of ABC 2 was divided. The triple opened on Sunday 17th March 1974 with showings of 'The Sting', 'Paper Moon' and 'Walking Tall'. The cinema changed its name to the Cannon in March 1987, then to M.G.M. in 1991 with a reversal to the ABC in 1993. The final closure of the cinema was reported in the Evening Post as 17th February 2000, although, it said, closure had been 'on the cards' since Christmas.
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Academy/Tatler Cinema at numbers 7 & 9 Boar Lane, interior view of equipment (City Centre) (4 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View showing cinema equipment inside the Academy/Tatler cinema at numbers 7 and 9 Boar Lane, Royal Exchange Chambers. The 550 seater venue opened as the 'City Cinema' on Monday 4th October 1915 with a showing of 'Beulah' from the novel by Augustus T. Wilson. Admission prices were 1/- (5p) and 6d (2.5p). The cinema was designed by architect, J.P. Crawford of Leeds. On 14th October 1925 the name was changed to the 'Savoy' and then, on 1st January 1931, to the 'Academy'. It became the 'Tatler News Theatre' on 23rd December 1936 and closed as the Tatler on Monday 27th January 1964. The final showing was of 'Sodom and Gomorrah' starring Stewart Granger and Stanley Baker. The premises were demolished and Royal Exchange House was constructed on the site. The image dates from the time the cinema was either the 'Academy' or the 'Tatler' in the 1930s.
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Addleshaw Booth and Co. Solicitors (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image17th September 1999. View of Addleshaw Booth and Co. Solicitors on junction of Sovereign Street with Concordia Street. Cars can be seen parked on roadside.
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Advertising hoarding, R. Barr Ltd., by signwriter Harry M. Kingston (City Centre) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. View of an advertising hoarding promoting R. Barr (Leeds) Ltd., coach operators, of Sayner Road, Hunslet, said to be 'renowned for their service to all parts of Gt. Britain.' The advert, located in the Wallace Arnold Tours bus station on The Calls, was painted by Harry M. Kingston, signwriter, of Kingston Sign Designs Ltd., 25 Upper North Street.
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Advertising hoarding, Wallace Arnold Tours, by signwriter Harry M. Kingston (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. An advertising hoarding promoting Wallace Arnold Tours, at their bus station on The Calls, the work of master signwriter Harry M. Kingston, whose business, Kingston Sign Designs, was based at 25 Upper North Street. Wallace Arnold Ltd., motor coach tourists, of 59 Corn Exchange, are here advertising '6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 days tours' with 'first class hotels' and 'comfortable coaches'.
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Advertising hoarding, Whiteheads, by signwriter Harry M. Kingston (City Centre)
Black & White imageUndated. View showing an advertising hoarding for Whiteheads Removals & Storage, located at the Wallace Arnold Tours bus station on The Calls. It is the work of signwriter Harry M. Kingston, whose business Kingston Sign Designs was based at 25 Upper North Street, off Woodhouse Lane.
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Aerial View looking down East Parade (City Centre)
Colour image5th October 1999 View from the roof of the Town Hall looking across the city down East Parade.
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Aerial View looking down Headrow (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image5th October 1999 View looking from roof of Town Hall down Headrow in direction of Eastgate.
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