Cosy Cinema

Tod's Piece,
Uppingham, LE15 9QJ

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Functions: Community Center

Previous Names: Electric Cinema

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Cosy Cinema

The cinema was based at a social club established in Uppingham, Rutland, for ex-servicemen after World War I. It utilised a wooden kitchen hut from a former prisoner of war camp purchased from the Ministry of Munitions and erected at Tod’s Piece, Uppingham, in 1920.

Originally known as Uppingham Social Hall, the building was the first permanent venue for film shows in the town. A Cinematograph Licence was granted on 7th June 1920 to local grocer Henry Samuel, representing the Social Hall Committee. Entitled the Electric Cinema, it was run by a Cinema Committee. From 1932 to 1936 the licence holder was Bert Joseph Wilson, described as a “cinema proprietor”. It was now called the Cosy Cinema but nicknamed The Cosy by its patrons. It was equipped with an Imperial sound system, presented occasional variety and had a cafe for the convenience of its patrons.

It closed on 16th January 1937 prior to the opening of the newly built Rutland Cinema the following week. The last film to be screened was “Strike Me Pink” (1935) with Eddie Cantor. The building still stands - much refurbished - and now houses the Uppingham Indoor Bowls Club.

Contributed by Terry Hanstock
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