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Visual arts organisation Pavilion is temporarily reopening the Majestic in Leeds as a silent picture house
Visual arts organisation Pavilion is temporarily reopening the Majestic in Leeds as a silent picture house
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A FORMER cinema in West Yorkshire will go back to its silver screen roots today as a new exhibition is unveiled.

The Majestic will open once more to show a silent movie by Dutch artist Melvin Moti.

The former cinema at City Square in Leeds will screen ‘The Eightfold Dot’ as part of the ‘Hyperspace’ exhibition, which runs until December 20.

When it opened in 1922, the Grade II-listed building had a fan-shaped auditorium, classical dome and could seat 2,800 people.

Music to accompany films was played on the Grand Organ and by the Majestic Symphony Orchestra. The site later became a bingo club and in 1996 it was the Majestyk nightclub, with a second club, Jumpin’ Jaks, in the basement. For more about the exhibition, visit www.pavilion.org.uk

Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.