With over 80 cinemas once existing in Leeds and now only a handful remaining, the 105 year old Hyde Park Picture House is one of the lucky survivors.
That's why earlier this week, on World Heritage Day, we wanted to pay tribute to those cinemas which are no longer with us by sharing a teaser of a brand new project we've been working on, celebrating the Lost Cinemas Of Leeds.
From small neighbourhood picture houses to gigantic super-cinemas, dozens of these historically important buildings remain in our lives today – repurposed into shops, clubs, offices – strangely familiar and hiding in plain sight. For the many that are no longer standing, their legacy lives on through the stories, photos and memories that so many of you have.
So later this year, in collaboration with illustrator @aaab_illustration & design studio @letsdanceagency, we’re going to be launching Hiding in Plain Sight, a new interactive mapping tool that brings together years of research and allows you to rediscover the fascinating Lost Cinemas Of Leeds.
As part of this project, one of the first things we need is your help! We know hidden away in countless family albums and old boxes throughout Leeds will be many wonderful photos of old Leeds cinemas. We’d really love for you to send anything you have – particularly if they feature cinemas which are no longer here – so we can include them as part of the project and better understand the city’s cinema heritage.
Share your photos with us on social media using the hashtag #LostCinemasOfLeeds or email using firstname.lastname@example.org