Arc Cinema at the Byron

High Street and Portland Road,
Hucknall, NG15 7HQ

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Arc Cinema at the Byron

Located in Hucknall, a district to the north of Nottingham. The Byron Cinema was named after English poet Lord Byron who’s body is buried at a church in Hucknall. The Byron Cinema opened 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 proscenium was 33ft wide and the stage 16ft deep which was used for occasional variety performances. The architect was Alfred J. Thraves of Nottingham who designed an Art Deco style cinema (in the style of an Odeon Cinema) that had a sweeping curved brick façade, highlighted by a vertical fin tower feature on the right hand side that was faced in cream tera-cotta tiles. The Byron Cinema 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 Cinema, but the cinema closed in June 2006.

In February 2015 work taken on by volunteers was progressing to renovate and restore the cinema in the former balcony, but this eventually ceased. The bingo club was closed in 2018.

The building was sold in 2019 and work began to create a four screen cinema. It was planned to re-open as the Arc Cinema at the Byron in March 2020, but was delayed sue to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It re-opened on 4th July 2020 with “Jumanji”. All 4-screens are wheelchair accessible and have spaces for wheelchair users. The two upper floor screens are accessible via a passenger lift. There is a Fidelio system for customers who are hard of hearing. The auditoriums are furnished with luxurious leather reclining seats, with huge legroom. The projection is Digital Laser with Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. Tasty drinks and snacks are available and there is a fully licenced bar.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 17, 2008 at 5:15 pm

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

RiaC
RiaC on January 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

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

Ian
Ian on August 13, 2015 at 1:33 am

Photos taken in August 2015, as the cinema is made ready for reopening, can be viewed here:–

EXTERIOR

ART DECO WINDOW

STAIRS TO BALCONY

AUDITORIUM TO FRONT

AUDITORIUM TO REAR

Thanks to Ria for access.

dave
dave on March 11, 2019 at 1:37 am

Recommended: http://www.jannaludlow.co.uk/Art_Deco/Hucknall_Byron.html

dave
dave on January 27, 2020 at 1:50 am

Since November 2019, work has been carried out to turn the former Byron building into a four-screen, two-floor cinema, called The Arc. Work on the complex should be completed in March 2020. Melcorpo already runs Arc cinemas in England and Ireland.

dave
dave on June 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Press Release, 11 June 2020. The Irish cinema operator, The Arc Cinema, has invested £3 million in converting the old Byron Cinema into a state of the art four-screen cinema. The cinema will have 425 luxury leather electric recliner seats, laser digital projection and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. It is intended to open on Saturday 4 July 2020.

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