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Crescent Cinema and Crescent Garage, Dewsbury Road


Crescent Cinema and Crescent Garage, Dewsbury Road
Description:
Undated. Early black and white postcard showing the Crescent Cinema, left, and the Crescent Garage, right, with Dewsbury Road in the foreground. The New Crescent Super Cinema opened on August Bank Holiday, Monday, 1st August 1921. It housed a 'specially-built Picture House Organ' at a cost of £3,000. The film advertised in this image is the 1920 production of 'Confession' with silent movie star, Henry B. Walthall. The cinema closed in 1968 and thereafter became a Bingo Hall. At this time the proprietor of the Crescent Garage was Charles Edward Parfitt and he also ran the adjoining confectioners (left of garage) which was called 'The Elite Chocolate House'. The shop and garage were addressed as numbers 293 and 295 Dewsbury Road. A car of 1920s vintage is parked at the Crescent Garage.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
My memories of this picture-house are from between approximately 1950 and 1957, and I can't remember ever seeing an organ. Was it one that rose out of the floor, and if so was it still in existence but kept out of action, below decks as it were. It would be interesting to learn of its history.

Date:
05-Mar-2009

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Malcolm Wright

Comment:
My memories are from the same decade and, though I don't remember a console, there were organ pipes on eithwe side of the screen.

Date:
06-Jul-2009

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Name:
brian thomas

Comment:
Along with the Pavillion and Rex Cinemas the Crescent was one of the Cinemas I visited in the mid fifties with other members of Beeston YMCA. We walked down thro' Cross Flatts Park opposite this pic. I don't remember ever seeing an organ playing. Was there a snooker billiard hall above this cinema? Malcolm Wright says his memories are of the same era. Malcolm did you play soccer for Beeston YMCA in the mid fifties?

Date:
08-Sep-2009

Email:
helensdad@mac.com

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Name:
MICK BAINES

Comment:
USED TO LIVE IN OAKLEY VIEW FROM 45 TO65 SO USED THE CINEMA AND MR PARFITTS GARAGE REGULRLY DONT REMEMBER A ORGAN, HE EXTENDED SIDE FRONT AND BACK WITH SNOOKER ROOMS, CAR STORAGE AND ANYTHNG THAT WOULD MAKE A BOB,FRED HIS SON HARRY DAUGHTER ALL WORKED,THEN WHEN MR PARFITT GOT OLD IT ALL WENT DOWN HILL ANYDOBY WHO LIVED ROUND THERE WILL KNOW MY MUM WHO RAN THE CONGO YOUTH CLUB !

Date:
20-Dec-2009

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Name:
sid cohen

Comment:
The Crescent paid £3,000 for a "single manual" Brindley & Foster "Clavorchestra" Organ in 1921 and it was removed in 1954. Ten other Leeds Cinemas had different manufactured Organs in 1920 to 1940s.

Date:
28-Mar-2010

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Name:
Rochelle Ward (Morton)

Comment:
I remember being very young when my sister Andrea and I were taken to The Crescent cinema for the first time by our parents as a treat. We lived near Cross Flatts park and I remember walking home in the dark holding my dad's hand and looking up at the sky and seeing millions of stars, you could see them a lot clearer then, happy childhood memories.

Date:
30-Apr-2012

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