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Almost 100 years has passed since the opening of Hyde Park Picture House on November 7 1914. The cinema has managed to survive 100 years of changing times, battling against the popularity of mainstream cinemas and surviving two major wars. How many first dates have been awkwardly held within these walls? How many back row lovers have never watched a film they’ve paid for yet? More importantly, how many film screenings have been shown within these walls?
The building itself is Edwardian Grade II listed and still holds many of its original features. To this day it remains the only gas lit cinema still in use in the UK, and its decorated Edwardian balcony is perhaps the best example of the Edwardian style structure visible inside and outside of the cinema.
Screenings include everything from new releases to art house film to classics. Coming up on the cinema’s film calendar is new release The Place Beyond The Pines and a double screening of classics Alien & Predator.
Next year Hyde Park Picture House will celebrate its 100th birthday. In lead up to the event and in celebration of its 99th birthday, One Hundred: Was, Is, Will invites you to take a look back at almost 100 years of history.
As part of a series of events happening throughout 2013 The Invisible Cinema Walking Tour takes you on a journey to uncover the city’s lost cinemas and discuss the past, present and future of cinema. Walk with historian Ben Waddington as he takes you to explore the history of cinema in Leeds.
The tour will begin at Leeds Central Station, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL from 11.00am-12.30pm. The tour is free, but guests are advised to book places in advance.