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Second independent cinema to shut
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The Cottage Road site's closure had been on the cards since February
Leeds is to lose its second independent cinema in just six months - sparking fresh anger among the city's film fans.

The Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley is to close on 28 July following the closure of its sister picture house, The Lounge, in January.

The news came in a letter to Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland from Chris Ure, the boss of Associated Tower Cinemas, which owns the two sites.

Staff at the Cottage Road venue have been issued with redundancy notices.

Feasibility review

"This is extremely disappointing news as we have now lost two small independent cinemas within the space of six months," said Lib Dem MP Mr Mulholland.

Associated Tower Cinemas warned in February, just after The Lounge's closure, that the long-term viability of the Cottage Road cinema was being reviewed.

The Lounge was losing up to 100,000 a year, the company said.

"Although on this occasion Mr Ure has informed local people and councillors, we still have the situation that we feared all along - we have lost both The Lounge and Cottage Road," said Mr Mulholland.

He said local residents were angry because they felt the cinemas had been closed without considering alternative plans.

"Thank goodness we still have the Hyde Park Picture House and that the council runs and funds this, so we can be confident that we will continue to have one small independent cinema in the area," said Mr Mulholland.

Mr Ure was not available for comment on Monday.

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