Cannon Huddersfield

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Cannon Huddersfield

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The building started life as a riding stable in 1846, and was converted into the Armoury Theatre, which opened 3rd February 1902. It was converted into a music hall, known as the Hippodrome Theatre which opened on 21st July 1905 with Vesta Tilley topping the bill. Some films were being screened as part of the programme by 1911. In May 1926, it was closed for modernisation, and re-opened as a legitimate theatre named New Hippodrome Theatre. It closed in September 1930.

It was fully refurbished and re-opened 6th October 1930 as the Tudor Super Cinema. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system, and there was now a café for the convenience of its patrons. By 1957 the Essoldo Group had taken it over, but but was destroyed by fire in 1960.

It was rebuilt using the surviving exterior walls as the Tudor Cinema and at some point in the 1970’s a second screen was added on the former stage area with a separate entrance, and taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain it was re-named Classic. The cinema was then taken over by and renamed Cannon.

Both cinemas closed and after a short period of dereliction the Cannon was converted into a bar named ‘Livingstones’. The former flytower has been reduced in height, both entrances are in use, the frontage has been restored but inside nothing remains to suggest it was ever either a cinema or a theatre.

Livingstones bar closed in 2010 and building stood unused in August 2011. It has since reopened as a pub name Rat & Parrot.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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jasper on May 11, 2007 at 8:10 am

Adendum: Ive got it wrong when the cinema briefly reopened in 1993/4 it tokk on the name of TUDOR- not Essoldo as said above.

Ian on May 13, 2007 at 8:38 am

If you compare this photograph, taken in 1994 by myself,

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with this photograph taken more recently:

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it is very clear that the fly-tower has been reduced in height.

jasper on May 15, 2007 at 7:22 am

Point taken Ian

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 5, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Here is another recent photo.

carlosthedeadloss on July 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

indeed the cinema did re open for a while in 1993…..I seem to remember it was open for more than twelve months maybe three years.
It was run by two lads David Hepworth and Colin Platt under a company called Page Media Limited. They also took on the running of the Palace Cinmea Malton and I worked for them at the Palace as Manager / Projectionist. I left in 95 after a falling out but the Palace went on for a further Twelve months until the Tudor Huddersfield closed and the company went into administration.
The Palace Malton reopened five years later run I believe by two university media studies graduates and is still open and just holding its own!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

This is a December 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Another 2008 photo can be seen here.

wowser on March 1, 2009 at 7:27 am

Wow what a blast from the past! I can remember working here as a volunteer in the early to mid 80’s. Then the manager was a great friend Philip Bradley whome I would love to be able to contact if possible. I do have photo’s somewhere of the projection room at the time with Peter Quinn head projectionist who sadly died. Every Thursday i would be the one in all weathers changing posters and letters above the canopy on classic one and number 2 on Zetland street. If anyone from that era remembers me it would be great to here from you, if anyone else would like any info about the cinema at that time please ask, I got to know the place quite well.

robb1569 on July 17, 2012 at 4:35 am

My father Philip Bradley managed the cinema for a number of years up to it’s closure and I have some great memories of time spent at the cinema.

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