Legrams Lane & Ingleby Road,
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Located on the northwest corner of Legrams Lane and Ingleby Road in the Lidget Green district of Bradford. Originally on this site was the Arcadian Pavilion, a wooden structure which opened in May 1908. It was used for concert-party type entertainments. In 1931, it was destroyed by a fire.
The Arcadian Cinema was built for the A.S. Hyde Circuit, based in Shipley. Construction was begun prior to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, and permission was given to continue completion. The cinema opened on 16th March 1940 with Conrad Veidt in “The Spy in Black”(aka U-Boat 29).
The corner entrance was faced with white stone and had windows allowing light into the circle foyer. Seating was provided for 680 in the stalls and 320 in the circle. The auditorium had a barrel vaulted roof, with troughs on the side-walls containing concealed lighting. The proscenium was 38 feet wide, the stage 15 feet deep, and there were two dressing rooms. The circle foyer had tanks containing tropical fish and there was a statue of a green Buddah (an item which graced all the cinemas of the A.S. Hyde Circuit).
The Arcadian Cinema was closed on 8th February 1964 with Todd Armstrong in “Jason and the Argonauts”. There were plans to convert to nightclub use, but these were rejected, and Asian (East Indian) Bollywood films were screened for a while, then it became a bingo club.
In October 1970, it went back to screening Asian films and was known as the Commonwealth Film Club, which operated into the 1980’s.
The building was put up ‘For Sale’ in 1986, and was sold in 1987 and demolished that year for redevelopment. Today a Kwik Fit auto repairs operates from the site.
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