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Every cinema in the city of Nottingham. Suburbs to follow.

ABC / MGM / CANNON / CARLTON Chapel Bar/Mount Street (RCA) Opened Monday 16th October 1939. Architect: W. R. Glen. Props., Associ¬ated British Cinemas, Ltd., 30-31 Golden Square, London, W.1. Phone Gerrard 7887. 2,077 seats. Continuous from 1p.m. Booked at H.O. Proscenium width 28ft. Phone Nottingham 2426. Station, Nottingham, L.N.E.R. & L.M.S. Fitted ‘Ardente’ Deaf Aids. Re-named ABC from Monday 14th December 1959. Tripled November/December 1974. Closed 1999. Demolished.

ACADEMY PICTURE HOUSE / Mechanic’s Small Hall Burton Street Opened Tuesday 18th November 1919. Head office, Beast Market Hill. Prop., Hutton & Shapeero. Res. Man., Herbert Rainer. Continuous, Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. 3d. Station, Nottingham, G.C.R. Closed Saturday 3rd January 1920. Demolished with rest of Institute c.1964.

Albert Hall C. Fould (1907) Prop. Methodist Church. Concert hall. Burned down. Rebuilt on same site.

ALHAMBRA MUSIC HALL / THEATRE ROYAL (1) St. Mary’s Street Opened 1760. Superseded by TR (2). Re-opened as Alham. Closed. Bombed 1941.

APOLLO / BERRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE / PICTURE HOUSE Berridge Road Opened Monday 15th March 1920. 1922: Prop., S. A. Horton. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Phone, Nottingham 5374. Station, Nottingham, M.R. By 1941: (WE) - Props., Lenton Picture House, Ltd., Imperial Build¬ings, Victoria Street, Nottingham. 1,000 seats. Booked by H. Goodman, at Hall. Continuous evenings from 6 p.m. Mats., Mon., Thurs. and Sat. Prices 6d. to 1s. Proscenium width 22ft. Phone Notting¬ham 75374, Stations, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R. Re-named Apollo from Monday 1st March 1948. Closed Saturday 3rd December 1960.

BOULEVARD PICTURE THEATRE / BOULEVARD ELECTRIC PALACE Radford Road, Hyson Green Opened Friday 10th December 1910. 1922: Prop., State Electric Palaces, Ltd. Gen. Man., A. Shipley. Continuous. Three mat, weekly. Two changes weekly. Prices, 4d. to 9d. Phone, Nottingham 3181. Station, Nottingham, M.R. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Ralph J. Black. 700 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Three Mats. weekly. Two changes weekly. Prices 6d. to 1s. Proscenium width 20ft. Stage 10ft. Two dressing-rooms. Phone Notting¬ham 75381. Station, Midland. Closed Saturday 26th May 1956.

BROADWAY / NOTTINGHAM FILM THEATRE / CO-OP ARTS CINEMA Nottingham Media Centre Broad Street Opened Thursday 24th September 1957 – converted chapel. Re-named Nott Film Th. Thursday 1st December 1966. Re-named Broadway. Seats: 1:250 2:155. Closed March 2004 [£5.7m upgrade to four screens (3:100, 4:76) begun October 2005 for August 2006]

CAPITOL Alfreton Road/Churchfield Lane, Radford (WE) Opened Saturday 17th October 1936. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Prop., Invincible Cinemas, Ltd., 24, Corridor Chambers, Market Place, Leicester. Booked by S. Graham, Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Phone Nottingham 76031. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. or L.N.E.R. Closed Saturday 8th June 1968. Religious use.

CAVENDISH CINEMA St. Ann’s Well Road (WE) Opened Thursday 1st August 1938 - Props., Cavendish Cinema, Ltd., Burton Buildings, Parliament Street, Nottingham. Phone 42081. 1,850 seats. Prices 5d. to 1s.6d. Continuous. Booked at Burton Buildings. Proscenium width 30ft. Stage 14ft. deep. Four dressing-rooms. Phone 44488. Station, Nottingham, L.N.E.R. Closed Saturday 14th September 1968.

Central Hall Secretary (1907)

CINE MOULIN ROUGE / VICTORIA PICTURE HOUSE / VICTORIA ELECTRIC Milton Street Opened Thursday 24th March 1910. 1922: Prop., Sherwood Picture House Co., Ltd. Res. Man., J. M. Allen. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. 6d. Station, Nottingham, G.C.R. 222 miles. By 1941: (BTH) - Props., Sherwood Picture House Co., Ltd. 700 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 5d. to 1s. 2d. Phone Nottingham 43771. Stations, Nottingham, Victoria, L.N.E.R., & Midland. Closed Saturday 26th November 1949. Re-opened as BNew Vic Thursday 1st December 1949. Re-named Mouin Rouge from Monday 5th December 1960. Closed Saturday 28th February 1970.

CINEWORLD / UGC / WARNER VILLAGE The Cornerhouse, Forman Street: 14 screens. Seats: 1: 368 2: 108 3: 146 4: 146 5: 130 6: 237 7: 139 8: 590 9: 108 10: 146 11: 146 12: 130. Re-named Cineworld summer 2005.

Circus Street Hall W. G. Aspland (1907)

CLASSIC / NEWS & CARTOON CINEMA / SCALA THEATRE / KING’S THEATRE / GAIETY PALACE / TALBOT PALACE / ALEXANDRA Market Street Opened Monday 27th December 1875. Re-named Talbot Saturday 23rd December 1876. Re-named Gaiety Friday Boxing Day 1889. Frank Mcnaghten bought in 1901 & installed projector. King’s from Monday 10th June 1901. Closed Saturday 28th December1912. Rebuilt as Scala, opened Saturday 22nd March 1913. 1922: Prop., Victory Cinema, Ltd. Res. Man., T. Wright. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 9d. to 1s. 3d. Phone, Nottingham 3633. Station, Notting¬ham, M.R. By 1941: (WE) - Props., Victory Cinemas, Ltd., 18, Low Pavement, Nottingham. Phone Nottingham 41084. 900 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 9d. to 1s. 6d. Phone Nottingham 3633. Stations, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R.; & Transport. Closed as Scala Saturday 18th April 1964. Opened as News cinemas Saturday 25th April 1964. Closed 31st October 1967. Opened as Classic Friday 3rd November 1967. Tripled February/March 1972. Closed 1984. Demolished.

CLIFTON TWIN STUDIOS Green Lane opened Thursday 7th August 1980.

COMMODORE / ASPLEY PICTURE HOUSE Nuthall Road (WE) Opened Thursday 1st December 1932. Prop., Aspley Picture House Co., Ltd. 1,294 seats. Booked by E. M. Wright. Continuous evenings. Mats. Mon. and Thurs. Prices 6d. to 1s. Proscenium width 56ft. Stage, 25ft. deep. Phone Nottingham 76449. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R. Re-named Commodore from Monday 5th August 1956. Closed Saturday 12th July 1958.

CURZON CINEMA Mansfield Road, Carrington (BTH) Opened Thursday 1st August 1935 - Prop., Carrington Picture House Co. Booked by S. Graham, Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Phone Nottingham 65413. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 20th December 1958.

DALE CINEMA Sneinton Dale (WE) Opened Boxing Day 1932 - Prop., Trent (Nottingham) Pictures, Ltd. 1,240 seats. Booked at Goldsmith Street. Con¬tinuous. Prices 8d. to 1s. 2d. Phone Nottingham 43144. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 20th April 1957. Now a factory.

ELECTRIC PALACE Alfreton Road—Prop., Leno’s Picturedrome Co., Ltd. Res. Man., A. J. Gifford. Continuous. Three mat. weekly. Two changes weekly. Prices, 5d. to 1s. Station. Nottingham, M.R.

ELITE PICTURE THEATRE / ELITE PICTURE HOUSE Upper Parliament Street Opened 15th August 1921. Architect: Adamson & Kinns, decorator Fred. A. Foster. 1,477 seats. 1922: Prop., Elite Picture Houses, Ltd. Head office, Iddesleigh House, Caxton Street, London, W. Man., Kenneth Peushant. Two changes weekly. Prices 9d. to 2s. 6d. Phone, Nottingham 3598. Station, Nottingham, M.R., 122 miles. Re-decorated September 1929. To ABC c.October 1935. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Elite Picture Theatre (Nottingham) Ltd., 1,500 seats. Continuous. Restaurant, Ballrooms & Tea Rooms attached. Phone Nottingham, 43640. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S., or Victoria, Nottingham, L.N.E.R. Fitted ‘Ardente’ Deaf Aids. Closed to film Saturday 12th April 1977. Bingo. Closed 1985. Empty. 1993 converted to nightclub, retail & offices. Exterior listed.

EMPIRE PALACE of VARIETIES Sherwood Street Opened 28th February 1898. Architect: Frank Matcham. Cap. 3,000. Prosc. 29ft., 35ft. deep, 60ft. wide. Prop.: Nottingham Empire Palace Co. (Moss’ Empires) SG46: Prop.: Moss Empires, Ltd., Cranbourn Mansions, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C.2. Bookings: Variety Booking Dept., Moss Empires, Ltd. Cap.: O. stalls 259, C. stalls 182, stalls 199, P. stalls 83, D. circle 340, gallery 700. Barring clause: 20 miles. Variety artists in accordance with V.A.F. Award and Productions. Twice nightly 5.15 and 7.30. (Open to revision). Variety and revue. Stage: Pros. 28ft., height 22ft., min. depth from setting line 27ft., height under fly galleries 19ft. 6 in., width between fly galleries 39ft. 6 in., grid to stage 46ft. No counterweight gear. 33 lines. Elec. equip.: 200 v. D.C. Footlights, three circuits with ind. dimmers. Four battens, each with three circuits with ind. dimmers, Three dips with ind. dimmers. One dip switch controlled. Two spots on stands. Six floods on stands. Three f-o-h following limes. Dressing rooms: Ten single, one chorus, acc. 16. Orchestra: Acc. 14. Resident 12 (three 1st violins, bass, flute, clarinet, piano, two trumpets, trombone, drums, ‘cello). Amplifying equip.: Micro¬phone. Closed 1958. Demolished 1969. Site part widened Sherwood Street & part T. Royal Stalls Bar.

EMPRESS PICTURES / Rink King Edward Street Opened Wednesday 1st January 1913 – conversion of skating rink.. 1922: Prop., New Empress Cinema Theatre, Ltd. Res. Man., T. P. Blakesley. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. 3d. Phone, Nottingham 4439. Station, Notting¬ham, G.C.R. Closed 17th December 1927.

FORUM Aspley Lane, Aspley Opened Monday 15th February 1937 - Booked by Herbert Elton, Commerce Chambers, Elite Buildings, Notling¬ham. Phone 2273/4. Closed Saturday 4th April 1959.

FUTURIST Valley Road Basford (WE) Opened Monday 26th July 1937. By 1941- Props., Basford Cinemas, Ltd., Whitefriars House, Friar Lane, Nottingham. Phone 44394/5. 1,000 seats. Prices 6d. to 1s.3d. Continuous. Booked by Props. Phone 7016. Station, Nottingham, Victoria or Transport. Closed Saturday 20th August 1966. Re-modelled. Re-opened 28th December 1966. Closed Saturday 15th March 1976. Re-opened balcony only Sunday 18th July 1976. Closed Saturday 13th August 1977. Now commercial/industrial premises.

GAUMONT / HIPPODROME Theatre Square Opened Monday 28th September 1908. Architect: Bertie Crewe. Prop: Thomas Barrasford circuit. To PCT June, closed 1st October when theatre booking ran out, re-opened as cinema Thursday 10th November 1927. To G-B February 1929. By 1941: (BA) - Prop., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres, Ltd., New Gallery House, 123, Regent Street, London, W.1. Phone Regent 8080. 1,724 seats. Continuous. Booked at H.O. Prices 8d. to 1s. 10d. Phosse, Nottingham 44653. Stations, Nottingham, L.M.S., & Victoria, L.N.E.R. Fitted ‘Ardente’ Deaf Aids. Re-named from Monday 16th February 1948. Closed 16th January 1971. Demolished February 1973 – Barrasford House on site.

GLOBE PICTURE HOUSE Trent Bridge Opened Monday 12th January 1914. 1922: Prop., Globe, Nottingham, Ltd. Res. Man., S. E. Gunn. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 7d. to 1s. Phone, Nottingham 5659. Station, Nottingham, M.R., 122 miles. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Globe (Nottingham) Ltd. 691 Seats. Booked by T. Wright, Goldsmith P. H., Nottingham. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices 8d. to 1s. 2d. Proscenium width 24ft. Phone Nottingham 84882. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Friday 30th June 1961. Opened as bingo hall Monday 10th July 1961. Closed Saturday 4th October 1961. Re-opened as cinema Monday 23rd October 1961. Closed to film again Saturday 30th June 1962. Empty. Demolished.

GRAND CINEMA / GRAND SUPER CINEMA and VARIETY THEATRE / NOTTINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE / GRAND THEATRE Radford Road Hyson Green (No 2) Opened Monday 1st February 1886. Lessee: Capt. Kennion. 1888–1898: J. B. Mulholland. C. P. Cooke. Closed Saturday 12th June1920. Re-decorated, re-furnished & re-wired. Opened as Nottingham Rep. Th. Monday 20th September 1920. Compton rep. co. Prop. Mrs. Edward Compton. Direction Eade Montefiore. Failed 1923. Closed as theatre Saturday 28th June 1924 – Trilby. Sold to G-B. October Opened as cinema Monday 19th October 1925. Talkies April 1930. Re-named Grand Cinema from Monday 26th January 1926. By 1941: (BA)-Prop., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres, Ltd., 123, Regent Street, London, W.1. Phone Regent 6641. 800 seats. Prices 5d. to 1s. 2d. Booked at H.O. Phone Nottingham 753001. Closed Saturday 29th September 1956. Demolished 1964. Site empty.

GROVE CINEMA Mayfield Grove/Kirkwhite Street, The Meadows (BTH) Opened Saturday 16th July 1938. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Props., The Grove Cinema (Nottingham) Ltd., 24, Corridor Chambers, Market Place, Leicester. Phone 20164. Continuous. Booked by S. Graham at Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Proscenium width 20ft. Phone 89571. Station, Not¬tingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 8th December 1962.

HIGHBURY / HIGHBURY VALE CINEMA 197 Highbury Vale Opened Monday Boxing Day 1921 – If I Were King. Prop., Highbury Cinema Ltd. 1,100 seats (800 stalls+300 circle). Mgr. Frank Gill. Prices, 6d, 9d 1s. Mats. Mon & Sat. Generated own electricity. Bijou orchestra. WE sound by September 1929. Later mgr. Joseph Jarvis. 1950 prices, 9d to 1/9d. CinemaScope c.May 1955. 903 seats. Closed Saturday 31st March OR 7th April 1962 – Wuthering Heights. Converted to store – frontage altered.

ILKESTON ROAD PICTURE HOUSE / PICTURE HOUSE Ilkeston Road, Radford Opened Wednesday 25th November 1914. 1922: Prop., Radford Palace Co., Ltd. Res. Man., C. Barrett. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices 5d. to 9d. Phone, Nottingham 1070. Station Nottingham, M.R. By 1941 as IRPH (BTH) - Prop. Radford Palace Co., Ltd. 920 seats. Booked by Mr. Wilcock, 8 Carlton Road, Nottingham. Continuous, Mat., Mon., Thurs., Sat. Prices 8d. to 1s. 2d. Phone Nottingham 76113. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 1st December 1962.

IMPERIAL PICTURE HOUSE Wilford Road Opened Monday 16th September 1916. 1922: Prop., Meadows’ Cinema, Ltd. Res. Man. W. W. Davie. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 5d. to 1s. Station, Notting¬ham, M.R. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Meadows’ Cinema (Notts) Ltd. 1,200 seats. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Booked by J. Harmston at Hall. Prices 8d. to 1s. 2d. Phone Nottingham 85533. Films by Road Transport. Closed Saturday 26th January 1957.

KINEMA Hayden Road, Sherwood Opened Wednesday 13th August 1913. 1922: Prop. and Res. Man., C. Woodward. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. Phone, Nottingham 4854. Station, Nottingham, M.R. By 1940: (BTH) - Prop, & Res. Man., C. Woodward, 3 Osborne Ave., Sherwood. 860 seats. Con¬tinuous. Two changes weekly, Prices 6d. to 1s. Phone Nottingham 64854. Station, Nottingham. Closed Wednesday 12th March 1941.

LENO CINEMA / LENO’S Royal PICTUREDROME Opened Monday 12th April 1912. Closed Saturday 6th October 1912. Re-opened without Royal Friday 20th December 1917. 1922: Prop., Leno’s Picturedrome Co., Ltd. Res. Man., Mrs. A. J. Gifford. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Phone, Nottingham 3488. Station, Nottingham, M.R. Closed Saturday 22nd February 1930 – sound fitted. Re-opened as L. Cine Thursday 20th March 1930. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., Highbury Cinema, Ltd., Highbury Vale, Bulwell. 961 seats. Booked at H.O. Continuous. Mats., Mon., Thurs. and Sat. Prices 7d. to 1s. Phone Nottingham 7354. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 24th February 1968.

LITTLE JOHN Radford Road Hyson Green Opened Thursday 12th January 1911. Closed Wednesday 13th March 1912.

LOUNGE PICTURE THEATRE / HIBBERT’S PICTURES Shakespeare Street Opened Tuesday 15th March 1910. Closed Saturday 6th March 1920. Re-opened as Lounge 29th March 1920. 1922: Prop., Notts & Derby Cinema Exchange, Ltd. Head office, 50, Long Road, Nottingham. Res. Han., J. Hague. Twice weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. Station, Victoria, G.C. & G.N.R., 125 miles. Closed Saturday 26th September 1937.

MAJESTIC Woodborough Road, Mapperley Opened Monday 10th June 1929. By 1941: (WE) - Prop., A. Severn & Son. Architect A. J. Thraves. 700 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 6d. to 1s. 3d. net. Proscenium width ‘ft. Phone. 64804. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S., & L.N.E.R. Closed Saturday 30th November 1957.

MALT CROSS MUSIC HALL 16 St. James’ Street Opened 1877. Architect: Edwin Hill. Closed by 1914. ‘Restored’ 1998. Architects: Helmore Bros. Performance venue/bar.

MECHANICS’ PICTURE HALL / MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE / Mechanics Large Hall Milton Street G. Bryan (1907) Early pictures shown by Hutton & Shapeero. Opened as full-time cinema Saturday 25th March 1916. Shapeero (Record) circuit. To G-B March with circuit March 1928. 1,168 seats. By 1941: (BA) Controlled by Gaumont-British Picture Corpn., 142, Wardour Street, London, W.1. 1,200 seats. Continuous. Prices 9d. to 1s.6d. Phone Nottingham 454031. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R. Closed Saturday 6th June 1964. Demolished for offices.

METROPOLE Mansfield Road Sherwood Opened Monday 2nd August 1937. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Props., Metropole (Nottingham) Ltd. Phone 65267. 1,600 seats. Prices 8d. to 1s. 6d. Proscen¬ium width 60ft. Stage 18ft. deep. Booked at Hall. Closed Saturday 27th October 1973.

MIDLAND ELECTRIC BIOSCOPE Arkwright Street Opened Saturday 10th April 1909. Prop., Walter Jeffs’ Midland Electric Theatres. Closed Friday 23rd December 1909.

MINI CINÉ CLUB (1) Broad Street Opened Wednesday 6th July 1977. Tripled October 1978. Closed Saturday 2nd May 1981.

MINI CINÉ CLUB (2) Heathcoat Street Opened 4th May 1981.

NEW CINEMA Midland Arts Centre Carlton Street Opened 9th February 1980. Occasional shows – 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, & Video. Closed with rest of Centre.

NEW EMPRESS CINEMA St. Ann’s Well Road Rebuilt 29th October 1928. Architect: A. J. Thraves. To ABC c.October 1929. 1491 seats. By 1941: (BTH) - Props., Associated British Cinemas, Ltd., 30-31 Golden Square, London, W.1. 1,500 seats. Booked at H.O. Continuous. Phone Nottingham 42129. Stations, Victoria, L.N.E.R., or Midland, L.M.S. Closed to film 12th November 1960. Bingo. Demolished c.1988.

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE (1) / LITTLE THEATRE / GOLDSMITH PICTURE HOUSE / GOLDSMITH STREET PICTURE PALACE / PRINGLE’S PICTURE PALACE Goldsmith Street Opened Monday 28th November 1910. Prop., Ralph Pringle. Re-named from 27th May 1912. 1922: as G St PIC PAL — Head office, Goldsmith Street. Res. Man. H. Saxby. Continuous. One change weekly. 6d to 1/3. Phone 4180. By 1941: (WE) - Head office, Goldsmith Street. Prop., T. Wright, ‘St. Ives,’ Westdale Lane, Nottingham. Phone Nottingham 65157. 700 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 6d. to 1s. 4d. Stage, 25ft. deep; three dressing-rooms. Proscenium width 40ft. Phone Nottingham 44180. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed as cinema Saturday 11th October 1941. Re-opened as Little Theatre then Nottingham Playhouse (1) 1948. Carpet shop for many years. Now pub.

NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE (2) Opened 11th December 1964. Architect: Peter Moro. Still open as rep. theatre and touring house.

ODD HOUR / NEWS HOUSE / REGAL SUPER CINEMA / BRITISH CINEMA / PARLIAMENT STREET PICTURE PALACE Upper Parliament Street Opened Monday 23rd March 1914.—1922: Prop., Parlia¬ment Picture Palace, 1917, Ltd. Head office, Parliament Street. Gen. Man., J. Rotter. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 9d. to 1s. 3d. Phone, Nottingham 323. Station, Nottingham, G.C.R, 122 miles. Closed Saturday 10th October 1931. Re-opened as Brit. Cine Monday 22nd December 1931. Cliosed Saturday 7th July 1933. Re-opened as Regal Monday 2nd August 1933. Closed 4th Saturday May 1935. Re-opened as News Hse Saturday 6th July 1935. By 1941: (BTP) - 300 seats. Continuous. 8d. to 1s. 2d. Phone Nottingham 3374. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Re-named Odd Hour from Monday 2nd July 1956. Closed Saturday 27th April 1957.

ODEON / RITZ Angel Row (WE) Opened Monday 4th December 1933. Architects: Verity & Beverley, with A. J. Thraves. Props., County circuit. Organ: Conacher 4/20 (22) with surround on lift + grand piano. 2,426 seats. To Odeon with circuit 1939. By 1941 - Props, Ritz (Notting¬ham) Ltd., Old County Cinema, Marlow, Bucks. Phone Marlow 695-9. Booked at Moor Hall, Cookham, Berks. Continuous. Prices, 1s. to 1s. 6d. Phone Nottingham 2244. Café and Ballroom. Re-named Odeon from Monday 1st May 1944. Closed & organ broken down Sunday 5th November 1964. Auditorium gutted for twinning – opened 12th July 1965. Former restaurant as 3rd screen 1970. Eventually 6 screens. 1: 924, 2: 581, 3: 141, 4: 153, 5: 114, 6: 96 seats. Closed 28th January 2001. Empty.

ORION / ELECTRA / ELECTRA HOUSE Alfreton Road Opened Thursday 15th May 1913. Shapeero circuit. 800 seats. To G-B March 1928. Became Electra. Leased out 1936. By 1941: (BA) - Prop., Notting¬ham Cinemas, Ltd., Electra Cinema. 800 seats, Booked at H.O. by T. Wright. Con¬tinuous evenings Mats., Mon., Thurs. and Sat. Prices 6d. to 1s. Phone Nottingham 71061. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 31st January 1942. Re-opened as Orion Monday 16th February 1942. Closed Saturday 18th April 1959. Demolished. Shops.

PALACE THEATRE / SNEINTON PICTURE PALACE Sneinton Road Opened Wednesday 7th May 1913. 1922: Prop., E. Widdowson. Res. Man., A. V. Alton. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. 3d. Phone, Nottingham 5443. Station, Nottingham, M.R. Closed Thursday November 30th 1939. Re-opened as Palace Monday 11th March 1940. By 1941: (Picturetone) - 700 seats. Booked by S. Graham, Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Continuous. Prices 4d. to 9d. Phone Nottingham 45443. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Later played Mon. to Thurs. once nightly. No Fri, Sat., Sun. Closed Thursday 120th December 1945.

PICTURE HOUSE Long Row Opened Tuesday 5th November 1912. PCT hall. 560 seats. 1922: Prop., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres, Ltd. Res. Man. H. R. Smith. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 1s. to 2s. 4d. Phone, Nottingham 5059. Station, Nottingham, G.C.R. To G-B with circuit February 1929. Closed Saturday 4th January 1930. Sold January 1937. Lyon’s café. Now amusements with terrace façade restored.

PLAZA CINEMA / PALACE / PAVILION PICTURES / PAVILION THEATRE Trent Bridge (WE) Rebuilt as Pav Pic cinema – Saturday 22nd May 1915. Closed 27th August 1927. Re-opened as Palace Thusday 15th September 1927. Closed Sat Boxing Day 1931. altered and new entrnce. Architect: A. J. Thraves. Opened as Plaza Monday 16th May 1932. By 1941 - Props., Trent (Nottingham) Pictures, Ltd. 883 seats. Continuous. Prices 7d. to 1s. 6d. Booked at Hall by T. Wright. Phone Nottingham 85585. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed 14th March 1942. Demolished.

QUEENS / MIDLAND ELECTRIC Arkwright Street Opened Thursday 21st December 1911. 1922: as Mid El Th—Prop., A. E. Bishop. Head office, Midland Electric, Ark¬wright Street. Res. Man., A. E. Bishop. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. Station, Nottingham, M.R., 122 miles. Closed Saturday 29th June 1935. re-opened as Queen’s Monday 22nd January 1936. By 1941: (WE) Props., The Queens Cinema Co. (Nottingham) Ltd. 429 seats. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 8d. to 1s. 2d. Phone 84694. Station, L.M.S., Carrington Street. Closed Tues 4th January 1955 – rest of week’s run cancelled. Car showroom in auditorium, foyer retail.

REGENT / REGENT HALL Mansfield Road Opened Friday 21st March 1913. 1922 as RH: Prop., Sherwood Picture House Co., Ltd. Res. Man., J. H. Allen. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. Station, Victoria, G.C.R. By1940 as Reg.: (WE) - 630 seats. Booked at theatre by P. Tussaud-Birt. Continuous. Two changes weekly, Prices 6d. to 1s. Proscenium width 34ft. Phone 42159. Stations, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R. Closed by Fire Dept. Wednesday 19th February 1941.

RIO Oakdale Road, Bakersfield, Sneinton Opened Monday 27th November 1939. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper.Booked by S. Graham, Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Phone Nottingham 40326. Closed Saturday 14th November 1959.

ROBIN HOOD PICTURE PALACE St. Anne’s Well Road, Sherwood Opened Thursday 13th April 1911. 1922: Prop., Leven, Brook, Wilcock, Starr, & Greenwood. Res. Man., F. Greenwood. Two shows nightly. Two changes weekly. Prices, 6d. to 1s. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 9th January 1932.

ROXY Ribblesdale Road, Daybrook (BTH) Opened 1937. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Phone Arnold 68668. Props., Roxy Cinema (Nottingham) Ltd. Continuous. Booked by S. Graham, Oxford House, Oxford Street, Nottingham. Phone 40326/7. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed 1960.

SAVOY CINEMA Derby Road, Lenton (WE) Opened Thursday 7th November 1935 – Flirtation Walk and Something Always Happens. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Prop: Lenton Picture House, Ltd. (inc. February 1935). Thomas Wright, man. dir. Cost c.£12,000. Mgr. Fred McLaglen. Prices, 6d, 9d, 1s, 1/3, 1/6d. By 1941: Props., Lenton Picture House, Ltd., Imperial Build¬ings, Victoria Street, Nottingham. 1,300 seats. Prices 6d. to 1s. Booked by H. Goodman at Hall. Phone 2580. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. & L.N.E.R. Prosc. widened for CinemaScope 2nd June 1955 – The Black Shield of Falworth. House mgr 1955, Alan Silvers. Mgr 1957 - 1994.Façade remodelled 1968. Architect: Reginald W. Cooper. Licensed bar made from manager’s office opened February 1972. Tripled from 23rd July 1972 – 1 (former balcony) 367; 2: 109; 3: 164. Cost £55,000. Lenton Pic Hse sold to Pat Collington 1994 & wound up. c.£250,00 invested & 4th screen in 1997 - 1: 386 2: 128 3: 168 4: 60.

SAVOY Radford

SCREEN ROOM Broad Street, Hockley: Seats: 21

SHOWCASE Redfield Way, Lenton: 13 screens / 3,307 seats

THEATRE ROYAL (2) Theatre Square (No 1) Opened 1965. Architect: C. J. Phipps, altered 1884 & 1890. Auditorium reconstructed, new dressing room block 1897. Architect: Frank Matcham. Lessee, Robert Arthur (1907) To Moss’ Empires 1897. SG46: Prop.: Moss Empires Ltd., Cranbourn Mansions, Cranbourn Street, London, W.C.2. Bookings: Once nightly. Moss Empires, Ltd. Cap.: O. stalls 150, C. stalls 266, P. stalls 194, D. circle 250, U. circle 300, gallery 520. Barring clause: 20 miles radius within one month. Once nightly 6.45. Usual matinée days 2.30. Stage plays, musical comedies, operas, ballets, pantomime. Stage: Pros. 31ft. 6 in., height 30ft., min. depth from setting line 38ft., height under fly galleries 22ft., width between fly galleries 41ft. 6 in,, grid to stage 60ft. 63 hemp lines. Elec. equip.: 200 v. D.C. Footlights, four circuits with ind. dimmers. Five battens, each with four circuits with ind. dimmers, Spot bar with 20 spots, each with ind. dimmers. Eight dips with ind. dimmers. Three fly dips switch controlled. Two spots on stands. Eight floods on stands. Two f-o-h spots on one dimmer. Two f-o-h following limes. Dressing rooms: 12 single and double, two chorus, acc. 20. Band room, Orchestra: Acc. 18. Resident seven (leader, 1st violin, 2nd violin, viola, ‘cello, bass, piano). Amplifying equip.: Single turn-table reproducer. F-o-h only. Microphone. Closed Saturday 26th February 1977 – Cinderella. Re-built, pros. altered, new foyers, stage, fly tower, and dressing rooms. Architect: RHWL. Still opened as tour date.

TUDOR West Bridgford (WE) - Opened Monday 21st September 1931. Architect: A. J. Thraves. 1941: Lessees, White Moth Theatres, Ltd. 1,391 seats. Booked at Commerce Chambers, Elite Buildings, Parliament Street, Nottingham. Continuous. Phone 85338. Station, Nottingham, L.M.S. Closed 31st October 1959.

VERNON PICTURE HOUSE 320 Vernon Road, Old Basford Opened Friday 19th January 1917. 1922: Prop., Vernon Picture House (Basford), Ltd. Res. Man., E. B. Day. Continuous. Two changes weekly. Prices, 5d. to 1s. Phone, Notting¬ham 1764. Station, Basford, M.R. By 1941: (WE) - Props., Vernon Picture House (Basford) Ltd. Booked at Hall. Continuous. Prices 6d. to 1s. Phone 7080. Station, Basford, L.M.S. Closed Saturday 2nd September 1961.

Victoria Hall f., J. S. Cox (1907)

WINDSOR CINEMA Hartley Road, Radford Opened Thursday 29th June 1939. Closed Saturday 8th June 1963.

Rick Wilde – Cinema Notes in Local History Library.

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Didn't Stan post this in another Forum? or is that a different one ?

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Didn't Stan post this in another Forum? or is that a different one ?

I'm not sure. I'll have a look. Apologies if I have double posted. @

I've searched some of the key phrases and can't find them elsewhere on Nottstalia.

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A girl from the University came on asking us if we had any details regarding Nott'm cinemas after a couple of days Stan came up with that link (It was round about the same time this forum started by coincidence)

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Those two Arnold Cinemas around Arnot Hill road were right at the junction and diagonally opposite where The Ernehale Wetherspoons pub is now. I believe they had been theatres at one time. I think there are actually pictures of them in the pub. The Ernehale itself had once been the first Co-op in the area and was then opposite the now-demolished Carnegie library.

There was an Arnold cinema they missed which stood on Ribblesdale Road, the opposite side of Mansfield Road from Thackerys Lane in Daybrook. Can't remember the name (Roxy sounds familiar). Like many other cinemas it became a bingo hall for years before being demolished for housing in comparatively recent years.

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I must learn to pay more attention when reading the boards. When I entered the phrases into the search function I chose two that related to Beeston cinemas which aren't mentioned in Stan's original post.

I woudn't worry about it Bamber ,it was well worth a bump anyway

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Newbie on here trundling through older threads....

The last film I saw at the Roxy Ribblesdale Rd. was the original 'The Fly' shortly before it closed.

I remember reading some years ago of a guy that chatted up a girl in there and took her afterwards to Woodthorpe Park where he killed her.Over the next few days he continually phoned the police asking if he could help??? Surprise surprise, they picked him up and he eventually admitted the murder.Can't remember what year I'll have to run a few checks out of curiosity.

Paul.

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The Ritz Cinema was built for the independent exhibitors; Ritz (Ilkeston) Ltd. and was designed in a modern Art Deco style by the Nottingham based architect Reginald W.G. Cooper (his seventh cinema design project). It opened on 20th May 1938 with Barbara Stanwick in "Stella Dallas" and British film star Victor McLaglen was guest of honor (invited by his nephew J.V. McLaglen who was the first manager of the Ritz).

The cinema had a very distinctive style that was very similar to the Odeon theatres which were being built at that time. There was a slender fin-tower feature and the main facade was covered with a light biscuit coloured Doulton 'carraware' tiles. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 922 in the stalls and 480 in the circle. Unfortunately in later years the rather narrow proscenium did not adapt well for screening Cinemascope films and the top masking had to be lowered to give the wide screen effect.

The Ritz was operated as an independent cinema throughout its life and was closed on 8th June 1958 with a re-issue presentation of Vincent Price in "House of Wax". It was converted into a bingo club, which remains today, independently operated. The Ritz is a Grade II Listed building.

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There's a name from the past, Barry Noble.

In the early 70's he aquired several cinemas and promised to make one into a rock venue, well the city was lacking such establishments then.

I happened to be working for the local architects responsible for his projects, which were basically to turn them into Bingo halls, he had no intentions of producing a palace of rock, it was just a whim he had blurted out in a Radio Nottingham interview.

I was quite pally with John Holmes at the time, unfortunately he betrayed my confidence by accident, and made a comment about this on his saturday morning show, our company subsequently lost Nobles work, fortunately the old boys in charge didn't listen to Radio Nottingham and I got away with it, I was crapping myself for months afterwards.

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Also mentioned here several times b4 the Moulin Rouge where you could go and watch 'dotty fillums'!

Haunt of the 'dotty raincoat brigade'

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Also mentioned here several times b4 the Moulin Rouge where you could go and watch 'dotty fillums'!

Haunt of the 'dotty raincoat brigade'

That, and the Classic on Market Street which I believe also provided "adult entertainment"

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:) I remember the 'Moulin Rouge' cinema as being a place of culture - very much the 'Broadway' of its day. It certainly didn't have a reputation for encouraging and housing the 'belted mack brigade', that shabby reputation belonged to the Scala/Classic(?) cinema on Market Street.

As a teenager I visited the 'Moulin Rouge' on a few occasions - curious to know about the Continental way of life - but never in my wildest dreams would I have visited the Scala / Classic(?). :ohmy:

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