Building » Huddersfield – Our Lady of Lourdes

Huddersfield – Our Lady of Lourdes

Sheepridge Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The building has some historic interest for its origin as a cinema serving a new inter-war housing estate and for the later conversion to church use, but is of little architectural interest.

Then  parish  was  established  1938  and  a  temporary  church  was  built  in  Central Avenue in 1939.

The Rialto Cinema was possibly the last suburban cinema to open in Huddersfield. It served the newly built Brackenhall estate and opened in about 1940. Designed by local architect J.H. Freer, it was built in a very modern style for the day, and featured a graduated single story auditorium which followed the line of the hillside on which it is built. Like many of Huddersfield’s ‘local’ cinemas its heyday was in the 1940’s and 50’s, as a local alternative to ‘catching the bus to town’. The Rialto closed its doors in the early 1960s and was converted to a church for the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes by the architect John Rochford.

Heritage Details

Architect: J.H. Freer, adapted to a church by John Rochford

Original Date: 1940

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed