North Lane, Headingley,
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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.
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