Vale Cinema

51 Huddersfield Road,
Mirfield, WF14 8AB

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Designed by Messrs. Fairhurst & Poppleton, the Vale opened on October 23, 1939 with "There Goes My Heart". The foyer was large and had a shop on either side, above was a 150-seat cafe.

The auditorium in Art Deco style seated 1000 in the stalls and single balcony. It closed and became a bingo casino in the early 1960’s but made a return to films when the balcony was split into 2 mini cinemas with the former stalls continuing on bingo. These opened in 1972.

In the 1980’s, the bingo operation moved to the former cafe and snooker took over in the auditorium downstairs.

The cinemas closed in February 1994 — it has not been possible to ascertain if they are intact. A nightclub existed in the upstairs area until recently but this may have been the cafe area.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2007 at 8:22 am

This is a recent photo of the Vale Cinema building.

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 8, 2007 at 10:15 am

It looks like a former shop unit and maybe part of the foyer area is being used by the DebRA charity shop.

The Directory of Cinemas 1980 lists the Vale Centre, as a 3-screen operation. Screen 1;98 seats, Screen 2;96 seats and Screen 3;500 seats (opening in 1980). I wonder if the 500 seat screen (possibly in the former stalls area actually opened?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2009 at 11:19 am

Here is another photo of the Vale Cinema.

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