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Located in Leeds city centre at the junction of Quebec Street and Wellington Street, by City Square. Opened on 5th June 1922, and designed by architects Pascal J. Stienlet and J.C. Maxwell for Leeds Picture Playhouse Ltd., the Majestic Picture Theatre suited its name entirely. The wide spacious auditorium, with a single balcony, was richly decorated with wall motifs and an enormous plaster frieze. It had its own Symphony Orchestra and an organ.
Together with the 1911 Picture House (demolished) and the 1932 Paramount Theatre (later Odeon Headrow closed 2001), the Majestic Cinema was one of the premiere cinemas in the city throughout its life.
It was taken over by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres (PCT) chain in December 1925, and they were taken over by Gaumont British Theatres in February 1929.
It closed by the Rank Organisation on 10th July 1969, after the Odeon had been twinned, and the Majestic Cinema immediately became a Top Rank Bingo Club.
It became a popular nightclub known as the Majestyk, with another nightclub Jumpin' Jacks located in the basement.
The Majestyk Nightclub was closed in late-2008, and became a concert venue, with Jumpin' Jacks continuing as a nightclub. Proposals to convert the building into a casino were refused and went to appeal in June 2009.
In 2012, the main auditorium has been converted into retail units, with many of the original decorative features retained.
Since 14th June 1993, the Majestic Cinema has been designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.
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