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North View, Westerton Road, street decorations (West Ardsley) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows street decorations in North view, Westerton Road. The photograph is inscribed with the name G.M. Whitlam, an East Ardsley photographer. This is obviously a time of celebration and there are large letters on the walls of the houses spelling a message part of which can be discerned to read 'Success to the . . . '. The clothes of the residents may date the occasion to the 1930s. Any further information would be welcome. Image used courtesy of Peter Aldred. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Palace Picture Hall, Eyres Avenue, (Armley) (66 comments)
Black & White image1970. View of the former Palace Picture Hall, shown here as The New Western Bingo Hall, located in . The building, was opened as an 800 seater cinema on Monday 26th August 1912, advertising as the Finest Picture Hall in West Leeds. The premises, formerly Armley Rink, were completely re-designed under the personal supervision of Managing Director, Councillor Ezra Hoyle. The opening film was 'The Governor's Daughter' and seats could be booked in advance for 2d (1p). Ticket prices were 2d (1p), 4d (1.5p) and 6d (2.5p). One thousand people attended the two evening performances on opening night. It was described as "The most healthy and comfortable hall in the distict, breathing area 500 cu.ft to each person when the hall is full" also the management boasted that "persons entering while the pictures are being exhibited are shown to their seats by young ladies who have electric flash lights." The Armley Palace Picture Hall closed on Saturday 22nd August 1964 with a showing of 'Summer Magic' starring Hayley Mills. The premises were subsequently converted to the New Western Bingo Hall. Here, it is advertising a £400 jackpot.
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Park Lane, looking north-east (Shadwell)
Black & White image6th July 1948. View looking north-east along Park Lane. Metal railings and trees line the road on the right. The point where the car is seen is the entrance to Roundhay Park Golfclub house.
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Plaza Cinema, Assembly Rooms, 32 New Briggate (City Centre) (33 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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Prices Tailors Ltd., celebrity visit of film star, Patricia Medina (Burley) (6 comments)
Black & White imageEarly 1960s. Image shows some of the female workforce of John Collier's (remembered by many as Prices Tailors Ltd. although it was sold in 1954) as they cluster around celebrity and glamorous film star, Patricia Medina, who has dressed for her visit in a silk headscarf and fur coat. Standing to the left of her is Emily Bean, wearing a patterned knitted waistcoat. The actress expressed a liking for Emily's waistcoat and chose to be seated at her sewing machine station while signing autographs. Another smiling member of staff in the foreground, wearing a floral pinafore, awaits her turn and is holding a photograph of Miss Medina. Patricia Medina (1919-2012) starred in films from the late 1930s until the late 1970s with the majority of her roles being in the 1950s. These included the 'Siren of Bagdad' (1953) and the 'Beast of Hollow Mounain' (1956). She had a part in "The Killing of Sister George' in 1968. She was married twice, to actor, Richard Greene (of Robin Hood fame) from 1941 to 1951, and to actor, Joseph Cotten in 1960. Prices Tailors Ltd./John Collier's was a well-known local landmark (the factory was established here in 1923). It was located off Kirkstall Road in Cardigan Crescent / Lennox Road. The site is now that of Cardigan Fields Leisure and Entertainment Complex.
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