Tower Picture House

54 New Briggate,
Leeds, LS1 6NU

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Tower Picture House

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Located in Leeds city centre, next to the Grand Theatre. The Tower Picture House was a conversion of part the Grand Arcade (a Victorian shopping arcade) to the plans of Leeds based architect J.P. Crawford. It opened on 12th April 1920 with Henry Edwards in “The Kinsman”. It was first operated by New Briggate Picture House Ltd., and was later taken over the local chain Tower Picture House (Leeds) Ltd. (Associated Tower Cinemas Ltd.).

A Western Electric(WE) sound system was fitted in late-March 1930.

The Tower Picture House was closed on 7th March 1985, and was converted into a discotheque. This has since closed and the building is now a cocktail bar.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on April 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Photo shortly after closure here:–

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I believe the the auditorium is still intact and lies to one side of the arcade

Tony Newman
Tony Newman on June 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

The Tower was a great place! It had a very steep slope to the floor in the stalls and the whole of the side walls and screen were covered by gold curtains which went from floor to ceiling. The ceiling did have some wonderful plasterwork on it. It was kind of the city centre poor relation behind the ODEON and ABC which were just to the side of it and behind it, But it was great. They use to show the big films when the other 2 had done with them so I use to wait to see them there if they weren’t films that had stereo soundtracks. They also use to show double bills and kids clubs on weekends. Godzilla v some other man in a rubber suit. I went to the last show just to say that I did support it right upto the very end. I did get to have a sneak peek inside after it had closed and was very surprised to see that behind those curtains which had been removed was a very ornate auditorium with plaster figures down the side walls and marble pillars beside the screen.

nic1946
nic1946 on August 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

I remember this cinema after it closed we asked if we could buy some seats and had two Sundays there removing them from the stalls and the pullman seats from the balcony. We also got the gold screen tabs and the wall drapes. All went into the Palace at Malton.

Tony Newman
Tony Newman on September 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

It’s good to know that something was saved nic. Did you by any chance take any photos while you were in there?

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