Byron Cinema

High Street,
Hucknall, NG15 7HJ

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Opened as the Byron Cinema on 2nd November 1936 screening Shirley Temple and John Boles in “The Littlest Rebel”. It had a total seating capacity of 1,189 which were located in stalls and circle. The architect was Alfred J. Thraves of Nottingham who designed an Art Deco cinema (in the style of an Odeon Cinema) that had a sweeping curved brick facade, highlighted by a vertical fin tower feature on the right hand side that was faced in cream tera-cotta tiles.

The Byron closed as a single screen cinema on 13th October 1967 screening Burt Lancaster in “The Professionals”. The building was then split into two sections, the former stalls area downstairs becoming a bingo club and the former balcony upstairs became a 404 seat cinema, which re-opened on 31st December 1967 with the James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”. It had a change of name in 2003 when it was re-named Cineplex, but the cinema closed in June 2006. The entire building is now in use as a bingo club.

Contributed by KenRoe

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KenRoe
KenRoe on June 18, 2008 at 1:15 am

The former Byron Cinema Hucknall, photographed in May 2008 as a bingo club:
http://flickr.com/photos/14936165@N00/2586105929/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Here is a 2007 article about the bingo club expanding into the cinema space.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2008 at 2:19 am

This is another photo of the Byron Cinema/Bingo Hall.

RiaC
RiaC on January 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

The community group called the byron community project is trying to raise funds to restore and reopen this cinema. Its such an amazing building and is one of only five Alfred J Thraves cinemas remaining. They are looking for any old pictures and history to help build a heritage file

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