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[1]City Square, Majestic (City Centre) (18 comments)
City Square, Majestic1st April 1947. Majestic Picture House situated in City Square. This photograph shows the Wellington Street side. Built in 1921 as a picture house of marmo terracotta, made by Leeds Fireclay, Burmantofts, it opened in 1922. At the time of the photograph the terracotta is soot covered. The Majestic Cinema became the Top Rank Bingo Hall and is currently a nightclub.
[2]Aerial View, Dewsbury Road (Beeston) (62 comments)
Aerial View, Dewsbury Road1963 Dewsbury Road begins here on the bottom left edge and curves round to the top right corner. The railway line can be seen to the left of the houses and flats which have just been built. These were to be named Parkwood Road. On the right, South Leeds Golf Course, with the Middleton/Beeston section of the Ring Road and Dewsbury Road came together at Tommy Wass's a large public house.
[3]County Arcade, Mecca Locarno (City Centre) (193 comments)
County Arcade, Mecca LocarnoUndated, Photo possibly dating from the early 1960s, looking from Cross Arcade into County Arcade to the front of the Mecca Locarno Ballroom. This dancehall had opened on 3rd November 1938. Mecca closed in 1969 (a new venue had been opened in 1964 in the Merrion Centre). It became The Stone in 1983 then a cafe in 1994. Notices outside give details of admission prices, varying from 2/6d early on Sunday evening (12.5p) to 6/- (30p) on Saturday nights. A special event is promoted on the round advertisement 'Midsummer Nights Dream Carnival, Wednesday 24th June, 3 bands, hats, balloons, novelties, competitions, 3/6d (17.5p). On the left edge is Vicker's gift shop, on the left of the Mecca is Greenwood's menswear business. Elster shoe shop is on the right, then Banks music in the window is on the right edge.
[4]Golden Acre Park, aerial view (Bramhope) (14 comments)
Golden Acre Park, aerial view C mid 1930s. Aerial view of Golden Acre Park, taken in the mid 1930s shortly after it opened in March 1932. The boating lake is busy with many boats. A miniature railway runs around the edge of the lake and the Galleon Cafe can be seen. The Leeds - Otley Road heads from the direction of Otley, bottom left, towards Leeds. Towards the centre of the left edge there is Black Hill Well Farm, and beyond the trees belong to the Black Hill Plantation. Leeds City Council bought the site of Golden Acre Park in 1945.
[5]City Square, Majestic Cinema (City Centre) (1 comment)
City Square, Majestic Cinema1923 View from City Square to the entrance of the Majestic Cinema.
[6]Gipton Board School, Harehills Road (Harehills) (25 comments)
Gipton Board School, Harehills RoadUndated. View shows Gipton Board School, situated between Conway Street (left) and Conway Mount, fronting onto Harehills Road. It opened on 14th October 1897. The school was later known as Gipton Council School then around the late 1950s it became Harehills County Secondary School. Finally in the 1970s it became Harehills Middle before closing its doors as a school c1992. The Grade II listed building was then closed for a number of years and left to fall into dereliction before being redeveloped and reopening in 2008 as the Shine Business Centre, a local community initiative offering facilities for small and start-up businesses, social enterprises and the arts.
[7]Kingsway Cinema, Harrogate Road (Moortown) (6 comments)
Kingsway Cinema, Harrogate Road24 August 1937. The Kingsway Cinema was built in the grounds of Allerton Lodge, a large house off Harrogate Road. The architect of this cinema was James Brodie. It seated 1,150 people with car parking available for 150 cars and opened on 28 June 1937 showing 'Head Over Heels' with Jessie Matthews. It boasted of having 'Mirrorphonic' sound. The cinema closed in August 1958. After conversion it re-opened as the New Vilna synagogue on 6th September 1959. After the synagogue was vacated due to a move elsewhere, the building was destroyed by fire and had to be demolished. Beechwood Court, a complex of flats was built on the site. At the right edge is a small lodge belonging to the property adjoining the site of Allerton Lodge and called Keldholme. The lodge is nowadays numbered 259 Harrogate Road and is the premises of a hair & beauty salon run by John Kinsey.
[8]Burlington Road, Cross Flatts (Beeston) (5 comments)
Burlington Road, Cross FlattsUndated. View of Burlington Road, a street of red brick terraced homes with small gardens, which runs parallel with Tempest Road. This photograph is taken from part way up Burlington Road, possibly from Woodview Road, and looks towards houses in Maud Avenue which crosses the end of Burlington Road.
[9]Brudenell Council School, Welton Road (Hyde Park) (48 comments)
Brudenell Council School, Welton RoadUndated, Taken in early 1900s Brudenell Council School was a mixed school for infants, juniors and seniors.
[10]Allerton Park no. 4 (Chapel Allerton) (31 comments)
Allerton Park no. 4Undated. Looking South at number 4 Allerton Park, Falloden Nursing Home. The building has a wooden fence enclosing shrubs and trees. A car is parked outside.
[11]Aerial View, Barwick Road, Swarcliffe Drive (Swarcliffe) (29 comments)
Aerial View, Barwick Road, Swarcliffe DriveUndated, This aerial view of Swarcliffe dates from the 1960s. In the foreground, the bottom edge, Barwick Road runs from left to right. Moving back, Swarclife Drive runs parallel to this with Elmete Towers above on the left. Eastwood Lane runs from the centre of the bottom edge and curves towards the right where two more tower blocks are situated Swarcliffe Towers and Manston Towers. On the right edge, the Whinmoor public house is just visible. Swarcliffe Primary School can be seen in the top left corner.
[12]City Square, Majestic Cinema (City Centre) (2 comments)
City Square, Majestic Cinema1923. Interior view showing seating and domed seating of the Majestic Cinema in City Square. The dome itself has a diameter of 84 feet, (nearly 26 metres) larger than the dome of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Even though a suspended ceiling now covers the circle area, the great frieze, depicting chariots and horsemen, surrounding the dome still remains. The image was taken in the year following the opening which took place on Whit Monday 5th June 1922. The Grand £5,000 organ is also visible right of centre. The 1812 Overture was played on the organ by Harry Davidson, complete with special effects, at the opening of the cinema. The orchestra pit is seen beneath the curtains, bottom right. The Majestic Symphony Orchestra accompanied the silent films shown here in the early days.
[13]Buslingthorpe Lane, nos. 31, 33, 35, 41, 43, 49 (Sheepscar)
Buslingthorpe Lane, nos. 31, 33, 35, 41, 43, 4929th July 1958 To the left is the Albion Hotel public house, this was number 31/33. Moving right next was 35. Some of the numbers in this sequence were to houses which lay immediately behind. Two passages can be seen which led to them. Number 41 is in the centre, a decorative touch of paint has been added to each window lintel and the door. Next right is 43, then 49 is on the right edge.
[14]St Mary of Bethany Church, demolition (Wortley) (2 comments)
St Mary of Bethany Church, demolition1975. View of the interior of St. Mary of Bethany church on Tong Road during demolition. The church had opened on 23rd October, 1886 and featured a spire of 135 feet and a brick lined interior. It was demolished as part of the Tong Road clearance programme.
[15]Inner Ring Road and the rear of Broadcasting House (Woodhouse)
Inner Ring Road and the rear of Broadcasting HouseUndated. Looking from the Inner Ring Road to the rear of Broadcasting House, centre, formerly the Friends Meeting House. The old buildings at the rear and to the right were in the process of being cleared for the construction of new studios which opened in 1974. The building at the right edge is Number 150 Woodhouse Lane, once the premises of William Mason & Sons, joiners. Around 1888 Frederick Mason was making the woodwork for the machines and patterns required by Louis Le Prince for his pioneering work in Kinematography. Louis Le Prince had his workshop immediately behind the joiners at Number 160. It was here that he developed a single lens camera and used it to make a moving picture sequence of every day activity on Leeds Bridge. This short sequence made the name of Louis Le Prince world famous. The Masons also made around 1000 mahogany frames for the glass positives used by Louis Le Prince. Loius Le Prince disappeared mysteriously in the September of 1890. He was last seen in the railway station at Dijon intending to board a train for Paris. No one knows what happened but his family never saw him again. The joiner, Fredreick Mason, stated 'The unexplained mysterious disappearance of a splendid man and inventive genius was indeed a tragedy and incidentally deprived Leeds of the glory of being the cradle of cinema.' (The pioneer work of Le Prince in Kineatography by E. Kilburn Scott).
[16]Majestic Cinema and Ballroom, City Square (City Centre) (2 comments)
Majestic Cinema and Ballroom, City Square18 June 1932 A 2,500 seat cinema, opened on 5 June 1922 by Lord Mayor W. Hodgson, the film was D.W Griffiths 'Way Down East'. Over 50,000 patrons watched the film, it was retained for a further week. A symphony orchestra played, a cinema organ costing £5,000 was played by Harry Davidson, who played the overture from William Tell, complete with special effects. The cinema, which also housed a dance hall in the basement, closed on 10 July 1969 to become a bingo hall and is now Majestyk Nightclub.
[17]Isle Lane (Holbeck) (6 comments)
Isle Lane1st May 1936. Railway bridge to left. On the left side of Isle Lane is The Isle Tavern public house; a three storey building which looks to be owned by Kirkstall Fine Ales. Buildings in foreground and to the right.
[18]Alderman Brook's House (Hunslet) (16 comments)
Alderman BrookUndated. Alderman Brook's house, Hunslet Lane. Large brick house now demolished. "A guide published in 1808 described Hunslet as 'a little more than a mile from Leeds'. Between the two places was a country lane - Hunslet Lane to Leeds people, and Leeds Lane to Hunslet people - and bordering it were fine residences. Of the few remaining, that know as Alderman Brook's house, is one of the most striking. It is notable for the geat number of windows, and also for the length of the building" (Mattison A and Meakin W 1908, The Romance of Old Leeds). Photograph Alf Mattison. The photographer Alfred Mattison was born in Hunslet in 1868. His passion for local history led to lecturing, photography and writing. In 1908 he wrote "The Romance of Old Leeds" based on his articles and photos for the Yorkshire Daily Observer. He died following a street accident in Leeds in Sept 1944.
[19]Foxwood School (Seacroft) (22 comments)
Foxwood Schoolc1967. General view of the exterior of Foxwood School.
[20]Middleton Broom Colliery (Middleton) (33 comments)
Middleton Broom CollieryUndated. Old view of Middleton Broom Colliery which closed in 1968 and had been a large source of employment in the area. Middleton Park now occupies the site, separating Middleton from Belle Isle. Middleton Colliery had been sinking into a decline in 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, but its fortunes were revived by John Blenkinsop's rack and pinion system in conjunction with Matthew Murray's lightweight steam locomotive, Salamanca. These two innovations enabled heavy loads of coal etc. to be taken to and from the mine without the need for horses (the fittest of which had been seconded to the wars.) In the late 1950s the line, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was truncated and, by 1960, the rail traffic had been diverted on to a B.R. line. Middleton Broom Colliery was owned by Middleton Estate and Colliery Co. Ltd., Leeds in 1918.