Leeds nostalgia: The city at the flicks

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The Leeds Paramount opened in 1932 and our cameras were allowed into the mystical projector room where the epic movies of the time were beamed into the auditorium for the entertainment of Leeds audiences.

The “Smiling Lieutenant” starring Maurice Chevalier was on at the time. This was Paramount’s blockbuster from 1931 and an early sound film that seems like light years away from the CGI effects of today.

The opening of the Paramount Cinema in 1932'.

The opening of the Paramount Cinema in 1932'.

Likewise at the Rialto in 1937 audiences were treated to the classic British comedy “Oh Mr Porter” starring Will Hay, Graham Moffatt and Moore Marriott, a trio who used to pack cinemagoers in by the thousand across the pre war nation.

A new generation seeking big screen thrills headed to the Odeon in 1969 to see Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” but in the seventies cinemas like the Plaza (5) were offering slightly more dubious fare with this photograph showing a billboard promising “French Love” and “Sexy Lovers”.

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