The 22 Leeds cinemas we have loved and lost

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Leeds has a rich cinema heritage yet countless movie theatres have fallen by the wayside across the city over the years.

They will be remembered with fond memories by thousands of cinema-goers who enjoyed a trip to the flicks to see their favourite movies back in the day.

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The closures included The Clock at Harehills and the Rex in Dewsbury Road back in February 1976. That week The Clock was showing Earthquake, while the Rex was showing Godfather Part II.

Managers from both blamed television for the closures.

The announcement came after a meeting of the directors of West Leeds Amusements Ltd, who also owned the Lyrie Cinema, Armley, which was also forced to close.

A spokesman said at the time: “The real enemy of the suburban cinema is television. It has become impossible to run them economically.

“It is lack of public support which is the problem, caused by television but also because big films always go to the city centre cinemas before they come to the suburbs.”


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