Aireborough Historical Society

Guiseley Picture Palace

Guiseley Picture Palace. 1913

Title
Picture Palace
Date 1913
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
C323
Comment
A drawing of the Picture Palace by George Foggitt of Ashfield, Yeadon, he later lived in Rawdon.
He was an  architect who designed many  local mills and buildings.
Before  the cinema opened picture shows were given at the old Wesleyan Methodist Chapel off Town Street.
The Picture Palace was built for a man known only by his surname Runnyman, the site on Otley Road had been used as a pitch for travelling fairs.
Runnyman operated the projector in addition to playing the piano to accompany the early silent films.
    In 1959 the Picture Palace closed, the last film to be shown was "No Time To Die" starring Victor Mature and Anthony Newley.
The building is now occupied by Harrison Bailey Bathrooms (March 2014).
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A mobile advertising unit for Guiseley Picture Palace, the owner was always referred to as Runnyman, the location is thought to be Towngate.

He also produced the sound effects, played the piano, kept young customers in order and any other tasks involved in the running of the cinema.

Fuller details of this and other cinemas in the area can be found in a new publication (2017) "Off To' Flicks in Aireborough" by local author David Ryder.




 

Colin
Colin
It was known as The Plaza in the late 40s and early 50s!
01 September 2016
adminch02
adminch02
Colin,
get in touch with me by email please I am interested in your photos.
Regards
Carlo Harrison
airbhistory@aol.com
01 September 2016
Val Ryan
Val Ryan
we always called it the Plaza in 40s 50s 60s
11 August 2019
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