Lounge Cinema

North Lane, Headingley,
Leeds, LS6 3HU

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Lounge Cinema

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The Lounge Cinema opened on 2nd October 1916 and was run in conjunction with the nearby Cottage Road Cinema. In 1999 it had a major multi-million pound make over. A new extended foyer, new bars a nightclub and an attractive garden have been added to the existing cinema – the auditorium of which was extensively refurbished and upgraded.

It now boasts a huge screen up to 42 feet wide, new comfortable seating with great legroom, a bar from which you may take drinks into the cinema, Dolby Digital sound and advance booking available over the internet. All this without losing the charm of the 1916 original cinema!

Constructed of brick with an elaborate tiled entrance (and windows dressed with the same white faience), the Lounge Cinema originally had 831 seats, which over the years has gradually decreased to 483 providing extra comfort. The original stalls and balcony structure survives undivided however.

There was a Conacher Organ installed but this has now gone. It plays the latest blockbuster films and has a huge following in this upmarket northern suburb of Leeds with its large student population.

Sadly, the Lounge Cinema was closed in January 2005 due to competition from a couple of nearby multiplex cinemas. The Lounge Cinema was demolished in January 2012, apart from the facade, which will be incorporated into apartments that will be built on the site.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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james2003
james2003 on May 15, 2006 at 3:04 am

The Cottage Cinema (also in Headingly) has been saved from closure by Northern Morris Cinemas Ltd who own other cinemas in Northern England such as the Rex in Elland and the Regal in Lancaster.

frostat01
frostat01 on August 21, 2006 at 11:55 am

The Lounge cinema should have never closed because Leeds has fewer cinemas.The Odeon in Leeds City Center closed and more…
I live in Bramley Leeds.The nearest cinemas to me are Odeon – Leeds and Bradford.And Warner Village Cinema which is now Vue Cinema.
I hope in the future someone from a cinema company buys it or the council turns it into a Cinema Museum.

LouiseC
LouiseC on December 1, 2006 at 6:23 am

I heard tell that plans to demolish the Lounge for a nightclub were ditched by the Council in Leeds, and quite rightly too. In the meantime, the building stands neglected and rather forlorn – I understand the interior was stripped out pretty much straight away after closure and it looks as if the exterior may not last much longer without being desecrated. Pity Charles Morris couldn’t have saved this cinema as well but greed seems to rule when it comes to the survival of these buildings, and the ATC were in the end only interested in the profits from their adjourning bar, The Arc.

wingrave
wingrave on December 1, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Great ideas. But a single-screen of the SIZE of the Lounge couldn’t work with art-house movies. It was just TOO big for that. If it had been a twin then that would have had a reasonable chance – but the Hyde Park Picture House is only just over a mile away and it’s doing just that. It was a great place to see a movie, but just not practicable with the size and location. I think Charles Morris of Northern Morris cinemas would have seen this and reasoned that it would need a LOT of money to turn it into a twin and make it viable. Charles has done great things for cinemas in the north and it’s just gratifying that he saw the Cottage Road cinema, half a mile away,as being one which could survive.

Ian
Ian on December 25, 2007 at 8:44 am

A few photo of happier days in 1986 here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

The closed-down building, photographed in 2008:
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Ian
Ian on June 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

It now transpires that within days of the cinema closing in January 2005, the interior was deliberately wrecked to prevent the cinema from being reopened and to preclude any attempt to have the building listed. With the seats and equipment still in place in the recently restored and up-graded building, the ceiling was brought down, the balcony front destroyed and the screen and proscenium plasterwork smashed.

Demolition of what remains is scheduled for the 94 year old building, to be replaced by offices and shops.

Photos taken June 2010:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4684087753/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4684087485/

Ian
Ian on June 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

A poor quality negative of the interior of the Lounge, before the renovation:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4690530276/

paddyg11
paddyg11 on November 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Does anyone know who owns the building? If it still is up or is for sale?

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