THE Picture House Cinema – at the end of North Street, Keighley – opened in 1913, reputedly as the first purpose-built cinema in West Yorkshire.

The venue hosted live shows and pop concerts as well as film showings.

In 1954, it was bought by the Essoldo chain of cinemas and became the Keighley Essoldo.

In the 1970s the cinema was restructured and what was the original cinema balcony became a second much smaller screen room, as it remains today.

In the 1980s the building was acquired by Bradford Council and it reverted to The Picture House.

The cinema closed in 1991 but reopened in 1996, run by Northern Morris Cinemas.

The older images are provided by Keighley and District Local History Society.

Information is compiled by chairman Joyce Newton and archivist Tim Neal. The history society was formed in 2004, on the 100th anniversary of Keighley’s Carnegie Library.

Its mission is to preserve and share the heritage of the town and surrounding areas.

It has guest speaker meetings every second Wednesday of the month in the Keighley Local Studies Library, from 7pm.

Visit its website ( or Facebook page for more details.