New Briggate, Assembly Rooms, The Plaza
1988 View shows The Plaza at the junction of New Briggate and Harrison Street. This property opened as a 1,200 seat Assembly Rooms in 1878 as part of the Grand Theatre complex. The theatre had a side entrance to the right of this building in Harrison Street. The Assembly Rooms opened as a cinema in 1907 and continued under the name Plaza from 1958, finally closing in 1985. In the early 1900s the Leeds WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union) was based at the Grand Assembly Rooms where they produced leaflets including 'Eight Reasons Why Women Want the Vote'
My Grandad Joseph Collins used to play the piano for silent films at these assembly rooms