Lounge Cinema

North Lane,
Leeds, LS6 3HU

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paddyg11 on November 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Does anyone know who owns the building? If it still is up or is for sale?

Ian on June 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

A poor quality negative of the interior of the Lounge, before the renovation:–


Ian on June 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

It now transpires that within days of the cinema closing in January 2005, the interior was deliberately wrecked to prevent the cinema from being reopened and to preclude any attempt to have the building listed. With the seats and equipment still in place in the recently restored and up-graded building, the ceiling was brought down, the balcony front destroyed and the screen and proscenium plasterwork smashed.

Demolition of what remains is scheduled for the 94 year old building, to be replaced by offices and shops.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

The closed-down building, photographed in 2008:
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Ian on December 25, 2007 at 8:44 am

A few photo of happier days in 1986 here:–

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wingrave on December 1, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Great ideas. But a single-screen of the SIZE of the Lounge couldn’t work with art-house movies. It was just TOO big for that. If it had been a twin then that would have had a reasonable chance – but the Hyde Park Picture House is only just over a mile away and it’s doing just that. It was a great place to see a movie, but just not practicable with the size and location. I think Charles Morris of Northern Morris cinemas would have seen this and reasoned that it would need a LOT of money to turn it into a twin and make it viable. Charles has done great things for cinemas in the north and it’s just gratifying that he saw the Cottage Road cinema, half a mile away,as being one which could survive.

LouiseC on December 1, 2006 at 6:23 am

I heard tell that plans to demolish the Lounge for a nightclub were ditched by the Council in Leeds, and quite rightly too. In the meantime, the building stands neglected and rather forlorn – I understand the interior was stripped out pretty much straight away after closure and it looks as if the exterior may not last much longer without being desecrated. Pity Charles Morris couldn’t have saved this cinema as well but greed seems to rule when it comes to the survival of these buildings, and the ATC were in the end only interested in the profits from their adjourning bar, The Arc.

frostat01 on August 21, 2006 at 11:55 am

The Lounge cinema should have never closed because Leeds has fewer cinemas.The Odeon in Leeds City Center closed and more…
I live in Bramley Leeds.The nearest cinemas to me are Odeon – Leeds and Bradford.And Warner Village Cinema which is now Vue Cinema.
I hope in the future someone from a cinema company buys it or the council turns it into a Cinema Museum.

james2003 on May 15, 2006 at 3:04 am

The Cottage Cinema (also in Headingly) has been saved from closure by Northern Morris Cinemas Ltd who own other cinemas in Northern England such as the Rex in Elland and the Regal in Lancaster.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 20, 2005 at 2:13 am

Another view of the now closed Lounge Cinema here:
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drbob on June 23, 2005 at 12:58 pm

The closure of this cinema is a terrible loss, one that needn’t have happened. There was a total lack of imagination on the part of the managers with regard to the schedule. Showing recent blockbusters, which put the cinema in direct competition with the local multiplexes was never going to be a viable strategy, but they chose to ignore this. On the other hand there are many arthouse and foreign films that, despite good reviews, never get a showing in Leeds.

I recently tried in vain to find somewhere to see “The story of the weeping camel”, and before that “Old Boy”. In the middle of a student area, the Lounge would have been a perfect complement to the only other art cinema in Leeds, the Hyde Park.

They should at the very least have tried changing their strategy rather than plowing regardless on until the credit ran out.

I am deeply suspicous of the motives of the cinemas owners. There is now talk of turning the building into yet another nightclub in an an area that already has far too many, permanent residents are outraged. I wonder if this was the plan all along.

sjmoore on June 9, 2005 at 8:47 am

It certainly was sad. We were all shocked when it closed.
The building now stands all empty. I have moved the Dolby digital into our sister cinema (and sole survivor of Assosiated tower cinemas) Cottage Road Cinema (headingley picture house).The lounge seats and carpets went to a “rival” cinema, hyde park.
The building was indeed beautiful and its a sad loss to see the closure. All the staff and locals are very sad about this.
Steve Moore

wingrave on April 29, 2005 at 5:04 pm

I filmed this cinema shortly after the multimillion pound refit. It looked great and there seemed to be optimism around – but a single screen cinema of that size [one of 3 suburban cinemas in Leeds within 2 miles of each other] just wasn’t a viable investment I guess. very sad.
Terry Ladlow

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2005 at 4:29 am

The Lounge Cinema opened in 1916. The Kinematograph Year Book, 1944 gives a seating capacity of 778.

Ian on April 17, 2005 at 1:49 am

As I am not sure how long the Lounge website will remain, I have copied the closing statement :–

The Lounge cinema, one of the best known leisure institutions in Headingley, has been closed down by it’s owners, Associated Tower Cinemas (ATC), following declining attendances and mounting losses after a tough five years. The closure has resulted in the redundancy of three full time employees, and some part time employees. In a statement issued today (10 January) ATC said that the closure was a sad blow for the company and its employees involved. The Lounge has been losing money for over five years. We simply cannot compete against the newer Multiplex cinemas and what they have to offer. At this stage ATC has no alternative plans for the Lounge site and they are seeking an urgent meeting with planners and local councilors to discuss how it can be redeveloped. ATC’s other smaller Cottage Road cinema in Headingley is not currently affected by this decision but its future is being reviewed as to its long term viability. For further information please contact: Malcolm Cowing at Brahm Public Relations on 0113 230 4000 or 07770 512266

Ian on April 17, 2005 at 1:46 am

Sadly the Lounge closed suddenly in January 2005.Competition from 3 multiplex cinemas in the vicinity finally forced the single screen Lounge out of business. Tragic!