Local Cinemas


General Points

From the late 19th century, there were several local private cinemas – as listed below – which showed silent films.

The Cinematograph Act 1909 allowed county boroughs and county councils to grant licences to run cinemas, and prohibited public film shows in other than licensed premises. Dwelling houses, moveable venues, and places where films were shown for less than 6 days a year, were exempt from the licence.

By the end of World War I, almost every town in England had a cinema.

The talking pictures came to Halifax in 1929

The Sunday Entertainments Act [1932] regulated the opening and use of places for certain entertainments and for debates on Sundays in England.

Sunday presentations began in 1947.

During the 1950s, there were many local public meetings against the showing of films on Sundays

Many cinemas began to close from 1959 onwards

Cinemas Yesterday

Albert Theatre & Opera House, Brighouse
Astra, Halifax

B.O.S. Cinema, Cornholme

Central Picture House, Elland
Cinema de Luxe, Halifax
Cosy Cinema, Halifax
Cosy Cinema, Sowerby Bridge

Electric Cinema, Halifax
Electric Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Electric Theatre, Exley
Electric Theatre, Halifax
Empire Theatre, Brighouse
Essoldo Cinema, Sowerby Bridge

Gaumont cinema
Gem Picture Theatre, Todmorden
Gem, Halifax

Hipperholme Picture House

Ideal Cinema, Halifax

Lyric Cinema, Halifax

National Cinema, Halifax
New Olympia Cinema, Todmorden

Odeon Cinema, Halifax
Olympia Cinema, Todmorden

Palace Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Palladium Cinema, Elland
Palladium Cinema, Halifax
Picture House, Halifax
Picture Palace, Sowerby Bridge
Pioneer Cinema, Lee Mount

Regal Cinema, Halifax
Regent Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Rex Cinema, Elland
Ripponden Picturedrome
The Ritz Cinema, Lee Mount
Roxy Cinema, Sowerby Bridge
Roxy de Luxe, Halifax
Royal Electric Theatre & Hippodrome, Hebden Bridge

Savoy Cinema, Brighouse

Theatre de Luxe, Halifax
Theatre de Luxe, Hipperholme
Theatre Royal, Halifax


Cinemas Today

Despite constant proposals about developments in Broad Street, there are no cinemas for general release films in Halifax

Films may still be seen at:

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