Beech Hill Cinema

13 Westgate,
Otley, LS21 3AT

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

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Beech Hill Cinema

Located in Otley, near Leeds, Yorkshire. Like the other cinema in Otley, the Picture House, the Kinematograph Year Books for 1947 and 1954 show this cinema as part of the Star Cinemas circuit, but not in 1942. Fans of the Yorkshire Television programme “Heartbeat” can catch glimpses of it in the odd programme when a shop across the road was used as a location.

It has since been demolished and the front of the site is a small space used for car parking, the plot where the auditorium was located in now overgrown vacant land.

Contributed by H J Hill

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HJHill on March 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

Correction: the site is not the car park. That is beyond the flag and the tree. The cinema site is mostly behind a high board fence with young trees visible. The clue in the Google Streetview is the brick pillar and iron railings. They are still there; as is one of the red brick and white faïence corners of the cinema.

Ian on March 8, 2013 at 4:36 am

Is it possible that this and the Westgate cinema listed on CT were the same building under different names? This one (Beech Hill) opened in 1930 if the date on the façade is correct. It later became the Royal Bingo Club, but I am not sure if the Royal name was ever applied during the cinema days – the KYB for 1964 lists it as Beech Hill.


HJHill on March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

I’ve uploaded images of the KYB entries for Otley for 1931, 1942, 1947 and 1954. 1942 lists both the Beech Hill and the Westgate cinema; and gives the latter as 580 seats. In 1947 and 1954 the Beech Hill is given as 686 and 679 seats, respectively. It’s odd.

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