The Cottage Road Cinema centenary

29th July 2012

The Cottage Road cinema is probably one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Britain.  It is certainly one the last suburban cinemas in Leeds and is one of Far Headingley's prize sites.  It showed its first film on 29th July 1912

The Far Headingley Village Society marked  the event by sponsoring a Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaque.  This was unveiled on 29th July this year by local actress and TV scriptwriter and director Kay Mellor at a ceremony attended by over 200 people.  Proprietor Charles Morris spoke of his enthusiasm for old cinemas and local historian Eveleigh Bradford spoke of the cinema’s history, which she also described in the plaque brochure.

Following this a special showing of The Smallest Show on Earth (1956) and short features was put on in the cinema. During the programme local poet Linda Marshall read a poem, Havoc in Far Headingley, which she’d written for the cinema’s birthday.  A presentation was also made to Joan Kent who has worked at the Cottage Road for 55 years, formerly as an Assistant Manager but latterly in a part-time capacity. 


 l - r : Gary Benn (Manager), Joan Kent (former Assistant Manager), Charles Morris (Proprietor), Kay Mellor, Derek Todd (former Manager), Mrs. Todd, Steve Moore (Assistant Manager)


From this page you can access

·        The cinema’s history, text only [MS Word document]

·        The cinema’s history [Adobe Acrobat document – 5.8 Mb]

·        History sources [MS Word document]

·        Linda Marshall’s poem [MS Word document]

In addition, a selection of photographs of the day is available on four separate pages, accessed from this one.  The photograph files are relatively large and this arrangement is in order to reduce the loading time on your computer.  The pages contain:

 ·        images of setting up the day

 ·        fixing the blue plaque

 ·        the unveiling and speeches

 ·        socialising and Linda Marshall’s poem and Joan Kent’s presentation to celebrate 55 years  working at the Cottage Road.

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