Rock Cinema

36 Skerry Hill,
Mansfield, NG18 2PR

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Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Previous Names: Rock Picture House and Variety Theatre, Rock Palace

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Rock Palace

Located in the south of the town, on Skerry Hill at the corner of Montague Street. The Rock Picture House and Variety Theatre opened on 24th October 1914 with a variety bill presented on the stage, and "The Valley of Death" plus short subjects on the screen. The corner entrance of the building had a hexagonal tower feature. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

Initially an independently operated cinema, it was taken over by the Denman/Gaumont chain in March 1928. The Rock Cinema was closed in a rationalisation by the Rank Organisation on 30th October 1956 with James Stewart in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and John Fraser in "The Good Beginning".

It was converted into retail use and became a glass merchants, and was last used as a pet shop operated by Kings Aquariums. It was demolished in September 2010.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

surf_digby on September 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

A particular shame that this was demolished, as the ceiling and proscenium were in pristine condition, and the building had no signs of damp.

Harry Rigby
Harry Rigby on January 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

When I visited this building in September 2006 the owner showed me inside but would not let me take interior photos, citing “security”. He tried to kid me that the ventilation grilled were some sort of early stereo sound system. [in 1914?] As surf_digby says, the building looked in good condition.

surf_digby on January 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Goldfish terrorism is no laughing matter.

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