Tatler Theatre

7 Boar Lane,
Leeds, LS1 6EN

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Previously operated by: Classic Cinemas (UK)

Architects: J.P. Crawford

Previous Names: City Cinema, Royal Exchange Cinema, Savoy Cinema, Academy Cinema, Tatler News Theatre, Tatler Cinema

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Located at 7-9 Boar Lane. The City Cinema was opened on 4th October 1916 with Henry B. Walthall in “Beulah”. It was designed by Leeds based architect J.P. Crawford. The entrance was through an existing building, with the auditorium built at the rear. All seating was on a single floor and the proscenium was 16ft wide. It was re-named Savoy Cinema on 14th October 1925. Re-named Academy Cinema on 1st January 1931, it was operated by the Regent Circuit Ltd. and was equipped with a Milhay sound system. It began screening foreign films. On 23rd December 1936 it taken over by Allied (Times) Theatres Ltd. was re-named Tatler News Theatre screening newsreels, cartoons and short subjects continuously. It had been equipped with a RCA sound system. By 1944 it had been re-named Tatler Cinema, still screening newsreels.

Around 1958 it was taken over by Cinema Centres Ltd. of 100 Baker Street London (a subsidiary of the Classic Cinemas chain) and following a re-name to Tatler Theatre, it began screening feature films. Cinema Centres Ltd. became part of Capitol & Provincial Newsreel Theatres Ltd. (another subsidiary of the Classic Cinemas chain. The Tatler Theatre was closed on 27th January 1964 with Stewart Granger in “Sodom and Gomorrah”. It was later demolished and Royal Exchange House office building was built on the site.

(Not to be confused with the New Tatler Cinema Club which has its own page on Cinema Treasures as the Classic Leeds.)

Contributed by Ken Roe

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itpworld on May 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm

I have been researching the showing of European foreign language films in Leeds in the 1930s, using newspaper archives and I have found several listings for Czech, German, French and Russian films at the Academy Cinema, Boar Lane, Leeds between 1931 and 1935.

rivest266 on October 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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