Cavendish Cinema

St. Anns Well Road,
Nottingham, NG3 3AR

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The Cavendish Cinema was built built for Mr. Shapeero of the Rocket Cinema Co. He employed Derby based architects J. Browning & W.S. Hayes, who in 1937 had designed the Cavendish Cinema in Derby.

The Cavendish Cinema in Nottingham was opened on 15th December 1938 with Will Hay in “Convict 99” and Nan Grey in “Black Doll”. Film star Googie Withers attended the opening of this luxury suburban cinema.

Seating in the stalls was provided for 1,122, and in the circle 544. The proscenium was 30 feet wide, the stage 14 feet deep and there were four dressing rooms.

Always an independent cinema, the Cavendish Cinema was closed on 15th September 1968 with Charlton Heston in “Will Penny” and Mike Henry in “Tarzan and the Great River”. It was converted into a bingo club, which continued until 1991. The building was then boarded up.

In recent years it has operated as an I.C. Discount Warehouse store.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Pasqualino49
Pasqualino49 on September 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

It’s very difficult to find the old Cavendish cinema of 1960s; it seams impossible that the Cavendish is placed today on a little road. I remember when I was only twelve years old that this cinema was placed on a large road before the Emperess cinema.

Pasqualino49
Pasqualino49 on September 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

Please can you send me by internet the original image of the Cavendish cinema in St. Ann’s Well Road. Thank you.

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

Pasqualino49; St' Anne’s Well Road, Nottingham, is a major road in the city, and I don’t know why Google can’t map it and give us a street view.

Pasqualino49
Pasqualino49 on September 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

KenRoe; Please can you send me some photos of the old cinema Cavendish of the 1960s. Thank you.

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

Sorry Pasqualino, I don’t have any photographs of the Cavendish Cinema, Nottingham.

surf_digby
surf_digby on September 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I’ve got some recent ones, that I’ll upload for reference.

Pasqualino49
Pasqualino49 on September 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Please than can I have a photo of cromer road of the 1960s?

Pasqualino49
Pasqualino49 on October 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I wish to have a DVD all about Notthingam city of the 1950s and the 1960s, and all the old cinemas like: Gaumont, Odeon, Mechanics' Hall, Cavendish and Empress; outside and inside… To whom I have to ask? Thank you!

70mmbobbyj
70mmbobbyj on October 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I am sure i have seen this cinema on Google street view.

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