Former cinema site premieres new look

A striking mural now takes pride of place on hoardings on Vicar Lane (framing the site of the former ABC cinema)
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As an artist interested in connecting my work to its geographical location, it was very rewarding to be able to add to the sense of pride characteristic of Leeds city centre buildings and pay homage to them

A former cinema site in the city centre is premiering a new look thanks to city-wide street art project.

The striking mural which now takes pride of place on hoardings on Vicar Lane (framing the site of the former ABC cinema) is the latest commission as part of 'A City Less Grey' project initiated by East Street Arts and fully funded by LeedsBID.

The mural celebrates the cinematic history of the site while its detailed design draws inspiration from the local Burmantofts architecture.

Artist Mel Holmes chose architectural details from four buildings in the locality for his artwork which are used to frame four images relating to the site. Two images are of buildings which stood on the site - Georgian and Victorian buildings, and the old ABC cinema – while the remaining two pay homage to the work of the pioneering filmographer, Louis Le Prince, who shot the world's first film in Leeds.

"As an artist interested in connecting my work to its geographical location, it was very rewarding to be able to add to the sense of pride characteristic of Leeds city centre buildings and pay homage to them,” Mel said.

James Rogers, Community Executive, from site owners Hammerson Plc, said: “We are proud to have to participated in this project and provided a space for this iconic piece of public art. The mural has not only transformed a section of uninspiring hoardings, but created a focal point at a key gateway into the city centre complementing artwork on adjacent buildings.”

Mel Holmes in last stages of finishing the new mural