A FORMER cinema in the heart of Leeds will be given a new lease of life as a silent movie is screened at the historic venue.
Visual arts organisation Pavilion will temporarily re-open the Majestic on City Square as a silent picture house for screenings of a 35mm film by Dutch artist Melvin Moti.
Linzi Stauvers, the programme producer at Pavilion, said: “We asked the artist to give us their ideal space for the presentation of their work and we specifically look for a non-gallery space.
“Melvin said that his ideal space would be the basement of a cinema or an underground cinema.
“He also wanted a space that was very calm and peaceful but still in the city centre.
“That’s why Majestic was just perfect.”
Opened on June 5, 1922, its fan-shaped auditorium, complete with classical dome and Parthenon-style frieze, seated around 2,800 cinema-goers.
Music was played to accompany the films on the Grand Organ and by the Majestic Symphony Orchestra and several dinner dances were held in its restaurant.
In 1969, the Grade II-listed building became a bingo club and in 1996 it became the Majestyk nightclub, with a second club, Jumpin’ Jaks, in the basement.
Leeds-based Rushbond Plc took over the building in 2010 and has since refurbished the venue.
Pavilion will screen Melvin Moti’s film, called ‘The Eightfold Dot’ at Majestic next month. The mini movie is 24 minutes long and aims to make viewers think about the fourth dimension.
Film fans and art enthusiasts can go along and watch the film, which is part of the ‘Hyperspace’ exhibition, at Majestic from October 4 to December 20.
For more information, visit www.pavilion.org.uk