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Does Leeds have the smallest cinema in the north?
Armley Mills' cinema
Booking ahead is advisable for the north's smallest cinema.

For many people the modern cinema experience consists of huge screens and huge popcorn!

However, there is an audience who prefers a more intimate experience when they watch a film on the silver screen.

The Blue Walnut Café in Torquay has just 23 seats while Nottingham's Screen Room claims to be the smallest in the world with just 21 seats.

But did you know that Leeds has its own similarly tiny picture house with a postively roomy capacity of 26?

Described as the smallest cinema in the North of England, with vintage fittings rescued from the old Palace Picture House in Armley, which closed its doors back in 1964, the cinema is located within Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Originally using celluloid projectors, the cinema has had to come into the modern era in one regard, with a state-of-the-art DVD projector.

The cinema acts as a great exhibit within the museum - complete with photo gallery and a replica of Louis Le Prince's camera that he used to make the first ever moving pictures, right here in Leeds.

However, it is no mere exhibition piece, more of a living breathing artefact with the Fun Family Film Club taking place on the last Sunday of the month.

The success of the FFFC means that the museum is always open to ideas on its use for specialist film nights or to hire for birthdays, hen nights or other events.

The latest film club to utilise the facilities is Miniciné. They take over the screen on the third Thursday of the month to show arthouse and cult classics.

A non-profit film society, Miniciné aim to screen an eclectic mix of innovative and thought-provoking films, that may have been overlooked or undervalued at the multiplexes. Each screening is preceded by a short film, together with tea and homemade cake.




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