Waterloo Cinema

603/605 Wakefield Road,
Huddersfield, HD5 9PX

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Waterloo Cinema

Located in the suburb of Waterloo, 2 miles east of the City centre. Opened as Waterloo Pictures on 12th October 1931, and still had that name in 1937 when it had been equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. By 1944 it had been taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain and re-named Waterloo Cinema. It was closed on 17th July 1963 with Stanley Baker in “A Prize of Arms”. It briefly (for one month) became a bingo club. However it was still listed in 1966 under Star Cinemas control.

In 2007 it was a children’s play centre and shops; it is still so in 2015.

Contributed by Harry Rigby

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Buffer on March 13, 2015 at 9:44 am

Opened on 12 October, 1931. Architect CF Mallinson. The Mighty Cinema describes it as having a cubiform fa├žade with shops to left and right of entrance.Space for TV equipment, an orchestra and dressing rooms under stage It closed in 1963, became a bingo club for a month only. Now commercial

Mike_Blakemore on March 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

Space for TV equipment ??? 1931 a bit forward thinking..

Buffer on March 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

There is a colour postcard in Huddersfield Library showing the Waterloo as a cinema.It is lost in a huge press cuttings folder. The “rooms for televison equipment” were mentioned in the 1953 book gazetteer, implying they were always there but perhaps not!

Buffer on March 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

I now see that the Colour view loaded here is the same one I photocopied in black and white in the library! The trolley bus wires indicate a view before 1968 when the system closed.

goodshow on March 15, 2015 at 11:16 am

The photo/postcard in the archive section is almost certainly 1930’s.

The hoarding on the wall appears to advertise ‘House of Unrest’ (dir.Leslie Howard Gordon,1931)supported by Stanley Lupino starring in ‘Love Race’(1932).

popcorn_pete on March 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Closed 17 July 1963 with “A Prize to Arms”

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