Abbey Picture House, Abbey Road
26th August 1937 This cinema, situated on Abbey Road between Tordoff Terrace and Norman Street, opened on 22nd September 1913 showing 'The Web' and 'The Near to Return Road'. The architect was Fred Mitchell, the manager John Briggs, and the owners Ransley, Dealey and Briggs. There were 520 seats. On opening it was advertised that "the new picture house has five exits and fifteen ventilators. On an orchestral balcony good music is provided by piano and violin under the direction of Mr Will. H. Netttleton". It was closed on 8th October 1960, the last film shown being 'Idle on Parade' with William Bendix. The premises were initially used as a bingo hall and are now offices, known as De Lacey House and home to Leeds Mind and Workplace Leeds among others.
I was a projectionist for a short time in the 1950s and the projection box was the smallest in the Leeds area.