Pop-up cinema in Leeds will be a blast from the past

The Merrion Centre's former Odeon cinema, which opened in 1964.
The Merrion Centre's former Odeon cinema, which opened in 1964.
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FILM fans in Leeds can enjoy a blast from the past at the Merrion Centre.

To mark the shopping centre’s 50th birthday, a free, drop-in cinema will open its doors from the end of May.

Offering shoppers a trip down memory lane, the small, personalised cinema will showcase a range of films from the past 50 years, starting with the 1964 Disney classic, ‘Mary Poppins’ on May 26.

The Merrion Centre was previously home to a 1,000-seater Odeon cinema, which closed its doors in 1977.

Now, a retail unit on Arena Mall, next to Cooplands, will be transformed into a unique cinema in a nod to the former Odeon, which is now laying empty behind closed doors.

Running on a first come, first served basis, the new cinema can seat around 40 film fans at a time.

During the anniversary week, there will films such showing every day at 12pm, including ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘The Sound of Music’.

Following on from the anniversary week, the cinema will host films every Monday, Friday and Saturday for another five weeks, ending with ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ on July 5.

For more information about the cinema’s showings and timings, visit www.merrioncentre.co.uk.

The YEP has joined forces with the Merrion Centre for a new competition to celebrate the centre’s anniversary.

We are looking for local aspiring artists to create a commemorative piece of artwork, which will go on display at the site.

The competition winner will receive £1,000.

All entrants must be over 16 years old and submit their work by Sunday, May 18.

For more information about the competition, visit http://merrion.co/art.

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