Cannon Derby

45 London Road,
Derby, DE1 2PA

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ArtDirector on June 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

The ballroom in the former Restaurant was called the “Arnold Rudge Rendezvous for Dancing” which sounded like something invented by comedy script writers. In the 1970s it lacked much of its original grandeur. The organ had gone. The side walls looked as though much of the decorative detailing had been removed for economy or modernity. The last stage show was probably the musical, “Hello Dolly!” performed by a local amateur operatic society in 1971. The theatre had a full fly tower with the words Gaumont Place written on the back wall which survived into its Odeon days.

70mmbobbyj on June 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

I have just uploaded a new photo showing the Gaumont as her new life as a restaurant.They even refurbished the centenary of cinema plaque on the front of the building. Although I have not seen many pictures of the new insides, from the revised planning details I found on line they have only used the ground floor.

70mmbobbyj on May 9, 2013 at 2:58 am

The fibreglass bust that has sat on the front of the building for around 15 years has been sold by the owners.They have also sold the Zanzibar letters and stars from the canopy. All the money raised is going too a local charity.

70mmbobbyj on March 23, 2013 at 3:40 am

A report in the Derby Telegraph shows the new restaurant that is taking over this lovely old building is nearly ready for opening.

70mmbobbyj on September 29, 2011 at 5:16 am

A report in today’s local paper says that there is a plan to turn it into a restaurant. Lets hope the same fate has the Kings Heath cinema don’t happen here.!!

woody on January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

two more photos
the ornate sidewall of the stalls – at this time a side corridor fire exit for screen 3 (taken in 1983)
lobby heating grill – taken 1983 – poor lighting

70mmbobbyj on May 9, 2010 at 5:19 am

Nightclub has closed,building apparently sold for [REDEVELOPMENT]

woody on May 16, 2009 at 6:13 am

a photo scanned from a newspaper clipping from the coverage of the opening of the new ABC Troc showing the stunning make over, this was an amazing cinema to watch films in
the ceiling was restores and relit and painted in purple pink and gold but sadly the deco lanterns were removed, i wonder what happened to them

woody on May 16, 2009 at 6:02 am

newspaper clippings from the closure of the Odeon
Odeons films flicker out
and the coversion to bingo and new abc
Ripping out Odeons heart with some great photos

woody on April 20, 2009 at 5:12 am

more scans of photos i took in 1981, they are a bit dark as my flash was of limited use in such a huge dark space
the original stunning auditorium with its ribbed walls and showing the proscenium arch
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one of the huge deco lanterns
looking up at the ceiling and lanterns
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the circle lobby (one of the few remaining areas of original decoration that survive)
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screen 2 in the rear stalls, with a row of double love seats at the rear, you had to move around a lot in this screen to find seats that didnt have broken springs
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woody on March 23, 2009 at 3:54 am

press advert from the ABC Trocaedro reopening for Blue Thunder

photos of the original auditorium taken in 1981
detail of the proscenium showing some of the deco lanterns

looking back up the circle

rear of the circle plasterwork and clock

rear circle looking across the seats with one of the windows with its shutters open (an unusual feature?)

the circle lobby with original doors in 1981 (one of the few original remaining areas that survive in the Zanzibar

exterior as the Odeon in 1981 showing Annie

exterior being converted into the Zanzibar – at this time most of the interior was stripped out

rear of the auditorium block with shops in 2007

kencmcintyre on July 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm

There is another photo on this page. Happy Fourth from the Colonies!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 4, 2008 at 12:39 pm

A July 2008 photograph of the former Gaumont Theatre:

woody on March 6, 2008 at 2:07 am

derby cinema ads from 1964 (came across them while clearing out my parents garage, for the Odeon (St Peters St) Gaumont (London Rd) and ABC (East St)

Ian on February 3, 2008 at 7:46 am

A vintage photo from 1976, operating as the Odeon, here:–

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Ian on May 10, 2007 at 10:59 pm

A few recent exterior pictures (taken May 2007) here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 3, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Still a 2,175 seat single screen cinema in this December 1970 photograph when it had been re-named the Odeon:
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