Excelda Cinema, Lockwood

Yorkshire Post (27/Feb/1924)

Opened as the Lockwood Picture Palace in 1915, it was also known as the Excelda Cinema.[1]


In August 1914, the Town Council's Highway Committee discussed the planned picture house:[2]

Councillor Priest asked if the new picture houses to be erected at Lockwood would be of stone or brick. If of brick, had they the power to prevent them being built? He would be very sorry to see brick structures erected, for they would disfigure the district.

The distinctive red brick Excelda was opened in November 1915, with a single screen and seating for over 900.

Some of the earliest films to be screened included: Sweet Lavender, The Man Who Went, Through the Dales of Derbyshire, and Droppington's Devilish Deed.

The cinema had a covered walkway from the road to the entrance.

It is believed the cinema closed in February 1960, after which the building was in use as a sheet metal works by the early 1970s.


The History of Lockwood and North Crosland (1980) by Brian Clarke:

This building near Lockwood Bar and now part of the Rolla Engineering Company was, at the time of construction, the largest cinema in the Huddersfield area, having a seating capacity of 1,080 (in later years reduced to 985). The cinema, designed by J. Berry & Sons and originally styled the "Lockwood Picture Palace" was officially opened by the Mayoress of Huddersfield, Mrs. Mary Blamire, on Thursday, 18th November 1915. In general with most cinemas the Excelda opened daily from 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Saturdays. It was not until 1938 that Sunday opening became general. Admission prices varied over the years, those listed for 1927 were 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d and 1/-. Synchronised sound track films commenced with the showing of "Fox Movietone Follies" on 2nd June 1930 and closure came 30 years later on 13th February 1960.


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Notes and References

  1. Some sources state that it was renamed the Excelda Cinema in the early 1930s, but local newspaper articles from November 1915 name it the "Lockwood Excelda."
  2. "Town Council" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (20/Aug/1914).