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Some photos taken in November 2007, shortly before the New Empire Theatre was closed – sadly I did not get upstairs to the former balcony.
More details from a newspaper article:– It was designed by Messrs Howarth & Howarth of Cleckheaton and was opened on 25th November 1911. In March 1913 a fire destroyed the stage which was rebuilt and the New Pavilion reopened on 16th June 1913. From 1929-31 it reverted to being a live theatre having been primarily a cinema since 1916. Films returned 1931 with the installation of sound, but the stage was still used on a regular basis up until closure on 27th July 1968. It reopened the same year as a bingo hall which lasted 20 years. It has now been derelict for a decade and is clearly in a deteriorating state as the following pictures (July 2015) show:–
In 2015 it was announced that the Reel Cinema is to be expanded by the addition of 4 screens (to the west of the existing two cinemas), 3 restaurants and some office space. The new screens will accommodate 154, 217, 162 & 173 whilst the two existing screens will be comprehensively refurbished and reduced to 217 and 100 seats within the current spaces. The whole block will be given a unified new facade. A start on the project has been delayed but is currently scheduled to begin later this year.
Photos from July 2015:–
REEL EXTERIOR SCREEN 2
REEL SCREEN 1 TO FRONT
REEL SCREEN 1 TO REAR
REEL SCREEN 2 TO FRONT
A photo of the derelict Regal here:–
A photo of the derelict building here, dating from circa 1975.
Major fire 14 March 2015:–
A photo of the Kings operating as a bingo hall here:–
A photo of the Palace can be found here:–
Some 2015 shots:–
A 2015 shot as the Vue:–
The former front stalls area of the cinema in 2008
and the current auditorium in what appears to be an extension to the balcony
Two interior shots from 2007
Post fire shot of the Theatre Royal here:–
Interior shots of the Regal in 2011 here:–
Another picture of the Palace in 2007 here:–
Another (festive!) photo of the Picture House:–
Interior photos of the Grand Theatre here:–
LEEDS GRAND STAGE
LEEDS GRAND AUDITORIUM
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
A photo of the derelict foyer block here:–
Apparently constructed on the stadium principle with a steeply raked rear section utilising the hillside on which it is built. It is located in a residential area on the outskirts of town. The stage does not have a fly tower.
Another photo from the other side here:–
January 2015 update. The auditorium interior has now been completely removed, along with the remains of the roof, leaving just the outside walls. Difficult to see from outside, but it looks like at least part of the balcony has also been demolished. Photos:–
A night time photo taken during the last weeks of operation here:–
ODEON WEST END
The Aberdeen Walk Picture House was designed by Frank Tugwell and opened on Saturday 10th September 1920. It was a unique design in that the company had intended to buy a plot of land to the right of the cinema and the design incorporated this increased width. In the event the land was not available and the design was adapted to a lopsided interior as if one third of the width had been lopped-off.
It was equipped with a small stage which was often pressed into use in the Summer season, and by 1960 it was announced that it would become a permanent live theatre under the Gaiety name, although this was short lived as by 1963 it was a bingo hall.
Towards the end of the first decade of the 21st Century the hall was gutted at ground floor level and a modern shop interior inserted as a short-lived department store in the style of Woolworths, later it was taken over by the British Heart Foundation as a furniture outlet.
Opened as the Londesborough Rooms on the 14th November 1871, a multi-purpose ballroom, concert hall and meeting room, with a flat stalls floor and two balconies with side balconies entending to the raised platform stage and possibly a third flat fronted balcony at the rear.
It was designed by Messrs Stewart & Bury of Scarborough for Mr Waddington, a pianoforte manufacturer who owned an adjacent shop. After only six months extensive alterations took place to remove the platform and build a conventional stage, and to rake the stalls seating. It reopened 13th July 1872 as the Londesborough Theatre.
It was again rebuilt internally in the winter of 1913/14 when Mr Watson of Leeds designed a completely new theatre – only the outer walls survived. This included a projection box and the theatre opened with a film on 11th July 1914, but reverted to stage shows immediately after with a variety show headed by George Formby. In 1925 the last recorded stage performance took place – the musical “The Geisha Girl”, and films took over completely until closure on the 19th September 1959.
By now much of the building was disused – the stage still containing act-drops, the upper levels and bars closed off, and the caverous basement (once advertised as one of only two artificial ice-rinks in Europe) derelict. It had been sold for £27,000 in August 1959 and demolition commenced 3rd June 1960, completed by the end of August.
It was, for much of its later life owned by Londesborough and Capitol Cinemas (Scarborough) Ltd, and run in tandem with the nearly opposite Capitol Cinema. Interior photographs and plans have been frustratingly impossible to locate.
I have just updated Google street view to a rather distorted image under the Grand Hotel. The bricked up arch to wards the left is, I believe, part of the foyer area of the cinema, but the site is now covered by the road which was made a dual carriageway. The auditorium was long and narrow and stretched across to the right of the streetview.
Photos from 2012 – the Memo should make a great place to see a film.