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The advertised film is ‘So Dear To My Heart’, released November 29, 1948
There’s confusion here; The building contained a number of halls, notably the ‘Large Hall’ (the subject of the cuttings posted by rivest266) which was accessed from Burton Street, and a smaller upper level hall with its entrance on Milton Street which became the Mechanics Cinema.
Thank-you rivest266 for all your postings of newspaper cuttings. You’ve added a whole new layer to this site.
Nottingham’s smallest cinema reopened on Saturday, August 6 2022 after being given a new lease of life as Mammoth, a Climate Change Cinema. As far as I can gather, it will be used for specific events.
For location purposes, this cinema is on Valley Road at the junction with Nottingham Road, in front of Basford Cemetery. I can’t find a decent map to illustrate its location.
It appears that ‘Shots In The Dark’ was a crime, mystery and thriller season. It was repeated from Friday 29 - Sunday 31 May 2020.
2022 The site is now occupied by a ‘Chec’ medical centre.
I’ve tried to date this photo (monochrome, old exterior). ‘Shots in the Dark’ does not seem to have existed when the building had its original exterior. Anyone have any ideas?
Now (Jan 2022) ‘JCT 29 Select’ Car sales.
The twin cinemas in Clifton opened on 7 August 1980. They each seated only 125 people and were not financially viable. They closed on 4 December 1982. With acknowledgement to Graham Woodward.
It was designed by Alfred John Thraves and was the first cinema in his enormous body of work. Although it was known as the New Empress Cinema the word ‘New’ did not appear on its signage.
This was the first cinema built in the Nottingham area since the advent of ‘talkies’. Funding for the cinema was raised by local residents. W & F Chell were the builders and supplied all the fittings and joinery. The bricks came from T&J Smart’s Ludlow Hill brickworks. Plumbing was by H Whitmore of Bridge Grove and Central Avenue. I haven’t found confirmation, but I believe the electrical work and stage fittings were by WJ Furse of Traffic Street, Nottingham.
As of October 2021, the Bank and the cinema have (still) not been demolished, possibly because the ancient waterway known as Tinker’s Leen passes underneath the buildings.
In 1944 J.A.Gamble (as J.A.Campbell) is listed as Managing Director of companies which owned all the Grantham cinemas, with the exception of the State Cinema, later the Granada.
John Arthur Gamble OBE (1877-1947), a playwright born in Norfolk. He was the father of Judith Mary Gamble (1916-2004), aka Judy Campbell, about whom the song ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ was written. Judy Campbell was the mother of Jane Mallory Birkin (1946-), who as Jane Birkin is an actress and singer, noted for her 1967 recording of ‘Je t'Aime …“.
For location: the building remains in good condition at the corner of Oakdale Road and Jarvis Avenue, in the Bakersfield district of Nottingham
1915 OS Map
Adamchambers: (I’m not sure that this will work) let me have an email address and I can tell you which of the photos I could send to you.
After Monday 15 February 1971; Note the chalk-board with a decimal price (2.99)
(2020) This is now an ‘event space’ and is no longer showing films.
Streetmap ca1950. The cinema building still exists on St Ann’s Well Road (2021) but all the other streets around it have changed.
The death of Alan Silvers has been recorded on 12 Feb 2021. He worked at the Savoy from 1947 as a rewind-boy, rising through the ranks and eventually becoming Managing Director. It is no exaggeration to say that the survival of the cinema is down to his commitment.
Sorry … this was not the Roxy cinema at Shirebrook. See the map on that cinema’s page.
Clarence Edward Slack of Castle Lane, Bolsover was carrying on business at Plaza Cinema, Bolsover; London Gazette 26Jul1968.