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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 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 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, 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. It is planned to re-open in March 2020.
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