Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House are currently closed. More information

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Lifelong Learners

Creative activities for all to enjoy both inside and outside our buildings, including talks, Hiding in Plain Sight – the Lost Cinemas of Leeds and our Memory Bank project.

Leeds Heritage Theatres’ Archive

With over 400 years of history, our three performance venues have a wealth of archive materials, including programmes detailing how our cellars were used as air raid shelters during both world wars, and manager’s books providing insights into the films that were screened and the early acts that took to our stages. Delve into our collections held at the West Yorkshire Archives Service to have a look for yourself.

Search our collections at West Yorkshire Archive Service

 

Hiding In Plain Sight

Learn about our city’s cinema heritage; from small neighbourhood picture houses like our own, to the gigantic super-cinemas of the 1920s.

With over 80 cinemas once existing in Leeds, and now only a handful remaining, our Hiding in Plain Sight interactive mapping tool aims to collect people’s memories of these cinemas and consider the reasons why Hyde Park Picture House is one of the lucky survivors.

Explore the lost cinemas of Leeds

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Hyde Park Picture House

Memory Bank Leeds

Due for delivery in autumn 2020, Memory Bank Leeds is a DVD-based resource created especially for carers and people living with dementia.

Using a rich collection of archive film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, they are perfect for delivering film-based reminiscence activity inside retirement homes and community centres.

Email laura@hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk for more information.

Talks and Tours

Hyde Park Picture House hosts many special events year-round which are linked to our film programme and active heritage projects, including talks from industry professionals and behind the scenes tours*.

Touring productions may also offer pre/post-show talks – check out our What’s On page for more information on events.

*Talks and tours are currently paused due to the renovation project at the cinema.

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