Kirkgate Kinema

Kirkgate,
Settle, BD24 9DZ

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The first recorded mention of the Victoria Hall on Kirkgate in Settle, Yorkshire is in 1853.

It screened films from 1915, but didn’t become a full-time cinema until 1925, when it was taken over by John Graham and re-named Kirkgate Kinema. The Kinematograph Year Book for 1931 lists the owners as Settle Kinema Ltd. owned by the Graham family. It would appear to have still been showing silent films.

In the KYB for 1942 there is a Kinephone sound system and mention of 600 seats, which would be in stalls and a shallow balcony.

The Kirkgate Kinema is not listed in 1944 and subsequently.

The premises continue to operate as a live performance venue and community centre.

Contributed by H J Hill
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