Hyde Park Picture House


The Hyde Park Picture House          The "Cosiest in Leeds"

Despite the outbreak of war in August 1914, the Hyde Park Picture House was built and opened ready for business on the 7th November 1914. The pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post were almost enitrely devoted to news of the war but a small advert announced the opening of the new Picture House. It proudly proclaimed itself to be "The Cosiest in Leeds" and to this day this is a title we try our best to live up to.

The first film to be shown at the picture House was Their Only Son, billed as a patriotic drama and was followed the next week by the famous invasion drama An Englishman's House. Although few new cinemas could be built during the war years audiences continued to grow. By September 1914 over 6000 men had enlisted in Leeds and the cinema provided news bulletins, war footage and morale boosting dramas as well as the escapism of lavish productions. In the years to come the cinema would become the highlight of many people's week.

A vibrant heart within the thriving Hyde Park community. Over time it became the backdrop to many little off screen dramas. It was a hot spot for young couples and many a romance blossomed in the back row. The advent of the talkies in the late 20's didn't hurt the stride of the little Picture House in the slightest and a quick conversion to sound was easilly enough achieved but the road was now open for many a new hurdle. The 30's saw the building of several new city centre 'super cinemas' capable of seating up to 3000 people at once.

The 50's saw the development of television. In the 80's it was video, the 90's was the new multiplex surge and the new millenium brought with it DVDs and the full power of the internet. BUT with all these changes the Picture House is all the more able to be a constant, a regular friendly face in an ever changing social landscape.

The Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Limited.

One of the landmark events in the history of the little Picture House happened in 1989 when Leeds City Council stepped in to save it from closure. The Picture House is now owned by Leeds City Council as part of the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Limited. This independent company within the council is dedicated to preserving, and securing the future of three of Leeds most historically and culturally significant venues, the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, The City Varieties and the Hyde Park Picture House. The Board of Trustees, Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd. The Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (charity no 500408). It is governed by its memorandum and articles of association. The Board of Trustees comprises five elected members of Leeds City Council, one of whom is Chair of the Board, and four independent trustees.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets for performances at The Hyde Park Picture House are sold by Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd, Company Registration Number 00978161, Charity Registration Number 500408, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ, on behalf of distributors, promoters and event organisers.

The Management of Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd reserve the right to:

·       - Refuse admission to the premises and any of its venues

·        - Request any ticket holder to leave the venue, and take appropriate action to enforce this right

·        - Cancel a performance, substitute an alternative film or vary the time of an exhibition if forced to do so by circumstances beyond our control.

Conditions of Sale for all booking channels: Purchasing tickets

Age guidance & Children’s tickets

Purchasers of tickets must observe the conditions of the British Board of Film Classification Certificate for the film being shown. The Management has a legal obligation to refuse admission to any person, who in the opinion of the Duty Manager, is under the minimum age required for "15", or "18" Certificate films (including children in arms). Proof of age may be required in certain instances. For more information about certification please visit bbfc.co.uk.

Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times to watch any film and children under the age of 12 are not admitted after 7pm unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Babes in arms under the age of 1 year are admitted to "U", "PG" and “12A” films on the understanding that they will be asked to leave the auditorium should they cause disturbance to other customers. Proof of the child’s age is required (birth certificate). Weekly BYObaby screenings are specifically for parents / guardians with babes in arms and may include films rated “15”.

Reduced prices for children under 15 years apply to "U", "PG" and "12A" Certificate films only.

Agency Tickets

If you purchase tickets via a third party then your terms and conditions regarding refunds or exchanges are with the agent and not with Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. We are unable to amend bookings made by agents.

We do not condone tickets being re-sold or bought via specific re-selling websites, or via social media platforms, and are not responsible for any transactions done in this way. We reserve the right to refuse tickets that have been purchased in this way. 

Booking charges

Booking fees are 50 per ticket are applied to online and telephone transactions. Customers purchasing tickets in person at the cinema do not pay booking fees.

Concessions and Discounts

For all our standard performances Concession tickets are available for students, children under 15, senior citizens and claimants for benefits. Proof of status and identity will be required.

Concessions/discounts are agreed for special events on a case by case basis.

We reserve the right to check proof of eligibility at any point and entry will be refused if you are found to have purchased a concession you are not entitled to.

Advance Booking & Delivery

Tickets purchased in advance either over the phone or via the internet will be available for collection from the Picture House. We do not post out tickets.


Under normal circumstances cinema tickets once purchased are non-refundable, however we are happy to accommodate exchanges where possible. Under exceptional circumctances refunds may be given but this is never guarenteed and considered on a case-by-case basis. Exchanges and refunds can only be issued in person or over the phone, and have to take place at least two hours before the advertised screening time. Under no circumstances can exchanges or refunds be issued after a film screening has taken place.

Reselling of Tickets for profit

Tickets may not be offered for resale by anyone at a premium. Resale or attempted resale for profit is grounds for cancellation without refund or notice.

Ticket Prices

We reserve the right to change the price of any ticket without prior notice to customers. Tickets will be sold at the current Box Office rate at the time of booking.

Whilst at the Picture House

Our staff are here to enhance your experience and to ensure your safety. Please follow any guidance they give in relation to your and others comfort and safety.

Start Times

Our feature films start approximately 15 - 20 minutes after the advertised programme time.

Some events with guests or accompanying speakers do not feature trailers.

The Picture House reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Mobile Phones

Please turn all mobile phones off when entering the auditorium.


Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is not permitted anywhere on our premises.

Photography and filming

The taking of photographs, capturing of images or the use of any recording devices including mobile phones during any screening is strictly prohibited. Customers repeatedly trying to take photographs will be asked to leave.

On occasion either the venue or a permitted third party may carry out general filming and sound recording in or about the venue.  By purchasing tickets you consent to you and your party being included in and to the exploitation of such films and recordings without payment.


We do not operate allocated seating at the Picture House.

No member of the audience will be permitted to sit in any gangway which intersects or flanks the seating.

Security Checks

The Hyde Park Picture House reserve the right to carry out random bag checks where necessary


Externally purchased refreshments can be brought into the Picture House with the exception of alcohol and hot food. The management reserves the right to confiscate hot food and alcohol which is brought on to the premises, in which case these items will be returned to you at the end of the performance.


Privacy Policy


We take your right to privacy seriously and want you to feel comfortable using our web site. This Privacy Policy deals with personally identifiable information (referred to as "Data" below) that may be collected by us on our site. This Privacy Policy does not apply to other entities that we do not own or control or persons that are not our employees, agents or within our control.


Like many web sites, we may set and use cookies to enhance your user experience, such as retaining your personal settings. Advertisements may appear on our web site and, if so, may set and access cookies on your computer and is subject to the privacy policy of those parties providing the advertisement. However, the companies serving the advertising do not have access to our cookies. These companies usually use non-personally identifiable or anonymous codes to obtain information about your visits to our site.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of substantial changes to this Privacy Policy either by posting a prominent announcement on our site and/or by sending a message to the e-mail address you have provided to us that is contained within your user settings.


While this Privacy Policy states our standards for maintenance of Data and we will make efforts to meet them, we are not in a position to guarantee these standards. There may be factors beyond our control that may result in disclosure of Data. As a consequence, we disclaim any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of Data.

  • Ollie Jenkins - HPPH
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