Hyde Park Picture House
73 Brudenell Road,
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Continuously showing movies since it opened on 2nd November 1914 with Jim Blackwell in “The Only Son”. The 586-seat Hyde Park Picture House now concentrates on art-house films for the large student population in the northwest Leeds suburb of Headingley.
It has a large gay and lesbian following which is central to the annual Leeds Film Festival.
The cinema still retains its original secondary gas lights and 35mm projectors. It was closed on 17th March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Restoration and refurbishment began in Spring 2021, funded by the National Lottery and Leeds City Council. A 52-seat basement cinema and enlargement of the foyer are in the plans. Film presentations have gone ‘on the road’ at various venues around the city, including the famous City Varieties Theatre.
The Hyde Park Picture House is a member of the Europa Cinema group of art house cinemas.
from 2019 it underwent a £2.3 Million refurbishment courtesy of the National Lottery. A new 50-seat cinema was created in the basement. It reopened on 30th June 2023. The original gaslights have been restored in the auditorium and will be lit at every performance.
The Hyde Park Picture House is a Grade II Listed building.
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