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This was the first venue to screen regular films in Derby as early as 1904 with screenings on Saturday nights. Built as the Temperance Hall it showed films until Derby gained its first proper purpose built cinema in 1910 (The Midland Electric) following the Cinematograph Act of 1909 which was designed to regulate the safe screening of films and improve hygene.
Apparently the Temperance Hall was very low down on the social scale.
It cleaned up its act and became the Elim Church and for many years, the Derby City Church.
In 2008, the church were locating to new premises at Pride Park and had put the Curzon Street building up for sale. The JD Wetherspoon pub chain were initially interested in the building, but in September 2008, they pulled out of the deal.
The Temperence Hall is a Grade II Listed building
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