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IoE Number: 466101
Location: GRAND THEATRE INCLUDING FORMER ASSEMBLY ROOMS, 32-44 NEW BRIGGATE (east side)
  LEEDS, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
Photographer: Mrs Pennie Keech
Date Photographed: 16 September 2005
Date listed: 15 February 1960
Date of last amendment: 11 September 1996
Grade II*

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LEEDS SE3033NW NEW BRIGGATE 714-1/76/265 (East side) 15/02/60 Nos.32-44 (Even) Grand Theatre, including former Assembly Rooms (Formerly Listed as: NEW BRIGGATE (East side) Grand Theatre including Plaza Cinema and Nos.34-40 (Even)) GV II* Theatre, shops and assembly rooms, now rehearsal rooms. 1877-78, conversion of assembly rooms to cinema by 1907, shop front alterations c1930, 2 shops restored 1978. By George Corson and James Robertson Watson. Brick, stone dressings, slate roof. The main front has 3 elements: the theatre entrance left, row of 6 shops centre, and assembly rooms, later cinema, right. High Victorian style. Theatre entrance: 3 storeys, 4 round arches, the central pair in an outer arch, balustraded course at 1st-floor level, arcade of Romanesque windows above; central gable with rose window flanked by turrets. Shop facade: 4 tiers of windows: ground floor left (No.44) has original-style shop window flanked by narrow doorways; the remaining shop windows have 1930s-style plate glass, some with sun-burst motifs, and recessed doorways with Art Deco flooring. 2 tiers of plain round-headed windows above, grouped in pairs and threes; 4 large windows in similar style to the theatre entrance to top tier. Assembly rooms to right: entrance with flat arch in a rendered facade with face and fan design, moulded outer arch, swags and central plaque; 3 round-arched windows above; pyramidal roof. INTERIOR: of theatre: very fine, the elaborate plasterwork painted in muted shades; the auditorium has 3 horseshoe balconies decorated with gilded scrollwork, curved downward to the round proscenium arch in rectangular frame with rounded corners which is flanked by clustered columns and the boxes. The female figures flanking the boxes are restorations post-1978; ribbed and domed ceiling with central chandelier and plaster pendentives. The original arrangement of the building included a supper room above the theatre entrance, with kitchen behind the rose window in the top gable; separate access to large fire-proof cellars for wine and storage beneath the entrance. The Assembly Rooms concert hall, later cinema, now rehearsal rooms, retains elaborate Classical-style plaster cinema decoration: paired pilasters with Ionic capitals, segmental-arched ceiling with ribs and panels decorated with reliefs of fruit and flowers, round-arched niches flanking proscenium arch. The foyer retains plaster frieze with torches and wreaths, Corson's original stairs with turned newels remain, and cinema stairs with square newels and wrought-iron scrolled balustrade. Opened 15 April 1907 as the Assembly Rooms cinema, showing 'New Century Talking and Singing Pictures' with 1,100 seats; name changed to The Plaza 25 August 1958. (The Grand Theatre, Leeds: The First Hundred Years: Leeds: 1978-: 13; Sachs, Edwin O.: Modern Opera Houses and Theatres, Vol.II: 1896-).

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