Town and Country Club

55 Cookridge Street,
Leeds, LS2

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Town and Country Club

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Opened in 1885 as a concert hall, it was converted into a theater in 1895 and then into a cinema in 1905 – an early date for such a large hall.

It closed in 1938 when W.E Trent, Sidney Trent and Daniel Mackay were the architects for a new auditorium inserted into the original.

The stage and exterior remained. The frontage is unusual as, in common with the Grand Theatre in Leeds, an ecclesiastical design was used in an attempt to give an air of respectability to the (then) straightlaced Leeds citizens. It was never a church however!

The Gaumont had 1746 seats and lasted until bingo took over in 1961. This too closed in 1969 and the building became a rehearsal room and and studio for television production.

The 1938 cinema insertion was largely removed and in 1992 it reverted to a concert venue known again as the Colosseum. It then became the Town and Country Club until closing in 2001. Re-opened as another nightclub known as Creation, it closed in February 2007.

It was taken over by the Academy group in November 2007 and is planned to re-open in Autumn 2008 as the Carling Academy.

Contributed by Ian Grundy
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