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City Varieties Music Hall

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Address: Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
Phone Number: 0845 644 1881
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Description: Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most...
Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most famous for hosting BBC's The Good Old Days for 30 years. The City Varieties Music Hall has a varied programme of Comedy, Music, Variety, Family shows and Pantomime
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A blast from the past

Used to watch 'The Good Old Days' on TV and when I moved to Leeds I got the chance to have a tour of the City Varieties. Impressive interior, smaller than you'd think. Never... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Used to watch 'The Good Old Days' on TV and when I moved to Leeds I got the chance to have a tour of the City Varieties. Impressive interior, smaller than you'd think. Never been to a performance here but have attended local Equity Branch meetings in one of the bars. Well worth a visit either to see a show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We're lucky in Leeds to have several theatres available to us and City Varieties is a beautifully kept, intimate theatre that really does have variety at its heart.

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Manchester UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Elegant old world theatre still able to deliver excellent shows built on the nostalgia of times now gone Great fun for all ages lap it up!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

One of Leeds hidden attractions historical music hall. A great little venue. The only down side is the usher s that probably been there from day one who sole purpose in life is stop photography. OK people taking photos is a pain but the ushers are so draconian that they are more distracting than the phone pointing at whoever is... More 

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Excellent venue to visit and see a show or performance. However be aware of the seating location as you could end up in a blind spot with no view at all. Pay extra for the seat to avoid disappointment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Wow...what a place! We we're sceptical as to how the evening would pan out as we're used to seeing Amanda perform in your typical 'rock venue'. This was something else. The moment she came onstage & belted out a tune (without a mic) my mind was blown. It's such a personal, little, quirky place. Drinks are purchased from the bar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Go when The Olde Tyme Music Hall is on the bill. It is nostalgia taking place in a wonderfully restored Victorian Music Hall and you do not often get the chance to experience this entertainment. Treat yourself. We go as often as we are in the.vicinity.

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

good venue liked the old fashioned theme to it bar and snacks way over priced 3 quid for a bottle of becks poured in a plastic cup and 2 quid for what they called ice cream

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Obviously it depends to some extent how good the act you've gone to see is but assuming it's something you're remotely interested in, this is the place to go. The building is spectacular and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I've been twice in the last fortnight and am going again next week.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a small Theatre tucked away in Central Leeds. Reminiscent of an old Music Hall. Lots of stairs to climb, be warned if you are unsteady on your feet. We were shown to the wrong seats initially by an elderly usher, but got moved on politely. There's a fair amount of leg room with the seats, but my seat... More 

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