Lido Cinema

203 Lower Town Street,
Leeds, LS13 3JF

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Lido Cinema

In the Bramley district to the northwest of Leeds, the Bramley Picture Palace opened on 5th September 1912. Owned by Bramley Picture Palace Co. Ltd (Managing Director William Hobson), it seated 520 patrons.

On 6th May 1931 its name was changed to the Lido Cinema.

The 1953 Kinematograph Year Book lists the owner as Bramley Cinema Ltd., and a reduced seating capacity of 412.

It appears to have been the archetypal ‘bug hutch’, with one patron, years later, saying they “can still smell the sweet and pungent aroma of BO and the lack of upholstery and carpet cleaning”!

The Lido Cinema closed on Wednesday 8th March 1961 with “The Nudist Story”, starring Shelly Martin and Brian Cobby.

The building was demolished. St. Peter’s Court sheltered housing stands on the site.

Contributed by David Simpson
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