Hibbert, Henry 1862 - 1924


Henry Hibbert was an early cinema owner and operator based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Hibbert was born in 1862. He began working as a fishmonger and game merchant. During his spare time he worked as a magic lanternist and gave lectures in aid of the People's Sobriety Association. He was early to recognise the potential of moving pictures, and was giving shows in Bingley's Co-Operative Hall as early as 22 February 1900. He quickly built up a business as a cinema owner, running shows in Bradford's St George's Hall and establishing the Towers Hall (1911) and Victoria Palace (1914) cinemas in Bradford, as well as the short-lived Captain Kettle Film Company and film studio in 1914 (until 1916).