Gaumont Hull

Holderness Road and Clarence Street,
Witham,
Hull, HU8

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Gaumont Hull

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On November 16, 1912 the residential area of Witham gained the Holderness Hall Cinema – a large luxurious cinema with a cafe.

Richly decorated with fibrous plaster in floral bands, marble terazzo flooring and leather seating, the Holderness Hall had a barrel vaulted ceiling (also with plaster embellishment) and the walls were hung with tapestry panels. A tea room at 1st floor level was one of three cafes in the building. There was a single balcony seating 600 – the stalls accommodated 1,400. This was later reduced to 1,850 in total.

Entrance could be made from either Holderness Road or Clarence Street. The building had cost £12,000.

It was sold to Gaumont British Theatres in 1931, but not renamed Gaumont until 3rd July 1950. It closed just nine years later on November 10, 1959 – a victim of its location near but outside the town centre.

It reopened as the Majestic Ballroom which featured live acts (including The Beatles) and when this closed on 7th March 1965 bingo took over.

Eventually it was largely gutted to form a large funiture warehouse. The former cinema was demolished in early 2004.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Ian
Ian on March 23, 2004 at 6:03 am

The former Majestic / Gaumont / Holderness Hall has been demolished in the early part of 2004.

MusicMan
MusicMan on April 6, 2006 at 1:53 am

A friend of mine had an interesting recollection of seeing the Beatles at the Majestic in February 1963. You can read his recollections at my weblog View link

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on March 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

The Holderness Hall opened exactly two months after Liverpool’s Lime Street Picture House (later the Futurist), both being owned by the Bradford based New Century Pictures. The Liverpool cinema was designed by the company’s resident architects, C.C. Chadwick & Wm. Watson, of Albion Street, Leeds, but I can’t confirm that they also designed the Holderness Hall.

Petrosbizar
Petrosbizar on May 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Philip Picturedrome, there may possibly be some confusion here. The Holderness Hall was built for William Morton who acquired, built and managed theatres and picturedromes in Hull from 1895 to 1935. (see ‘closed cinemas in Kingston upon Hull’ on Wikipedia, references sourced from contemporary Hull Daily Mail). The work was designed and carried out by local architects, ‘Freeman, Sons, and Gaskell’. Morton generally used local businesses for all aspects of his work. However, in 1910, Morton did enter into partnership with the New Century (Leeds) Circuit and registered a new private company (called Prince’s Hall (Hull), Ltd. (3 directors from Morton’s, 2 from New Century) It could be that the Holderness was another partnership, but I have found no such references.

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