The Plaza Cinema opened to the public as the Assembly Rooms Concert Hall in 1898. It is an impressive building in the centre of Leeds, which has been a hub of culture in the city for over a century.
It was one of the first cinemas in the region, opening in 1907 and introducing the city of Leeds to “new century talking and singing pictures.”
The first film to been shown there was a recording of stage performer Harry Relph titled “Little Tich.” The cinema had a capacity of 1,100 and entrance fee varied depending on which seats you chose.
The name of the cinema was changed to the Plaza in 1958 and remained so until its closure in 1985.
Restoration work began in 2007 by the Grand Theatre and Opera House which is a popular destination to this day.