Pub at former cinema pulls its first pints

Manager Jonathan Pierce the opening of The Picture House. (d620g449)
Manager Jonathan Pierce the opening of The Picture House. (d620g449)

Queen Street’s new JD Wetherspoon pub opened its doors to the public at the town’s old cinema building.

The £1.7m Picture House, which created 50 new jobs, pulled its first pint yesterday.

Morley’s Mayor Wyn Kidger, who attended the official opening, said: “It is absolutely buzzing, everyone was very pleased. The decor is great, as well as the food and drink – staff had to put more tables out for the opening.

“It is just what Morley needs.”

The original cinema open in 1913 and operated for nearly 50 years before it was forced to close its doors in 1960 when television became more popular.

Photographs and artwork that document the history of the site will be on display in the pub.

The Picture House will open 8am-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 8am-1am Friday and Saturday.

The pub will specialise in real ale from local and regional brewers.

It serves food every day until 11pm, and has a beer garden to the rear as well as a roof terrace. Children are welcome until 9pm throughout the week, but both the adult and child would have to order food by 8pm as a condition of the licence.

It includes wheelchair access and a disabled toilet.

After the cinema closed the site was occupied by Finefare and later, during the 1990s, by Motor World.

More recently it comprised two shops, Arthritis Research UK and a Blockbuster Video store.