Cottage Road Cinema
3-5 Cottage Road, Headingley,
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The Headingley Picture House has been showing films since opening on 29th July 1912, making it a contender for the UK’s longest serving cinema, 96 years of entertaining audiences as of 2008.
The building however has been around for even longer, it began life as a stable in 1835, later becoming a garage before conversion into a cinema.
A balcony was added in 1937 giving the cinema a seating capacity of 600. It retained its original name until after World War II, when by 1946 it was known as the Picture House. Around 1955/1956 it was re-named Cottage Road Cinema.
The building is now a very comfortable and smart stadium style cinema, following a major refurbishment in 1972 when the rake of the front stalls was increased to raise the level up to the front balcony, seating around 468.
The barrel vaulted ceiling survives and a gratifyingly large screen and good sound (Dolby SR) will hopefully ensure this cinema survives well into the future.
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