Grand Cinema

Camp Hill Road,
Chapel End,
Nuneaton, CV10 0JP

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Grand Cinema

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Located in the west Nuneaton district of Chapel End. The Grand Cinema was opened in 1929. Seating was provided for 375. Around 1937 it was taken over by Sheridan Film Services Ltd. and they commissioned architectural firm Bradley & Clark to redesign the building in an Art Deco style. The auditorium was extended at the screen end by another 50 feet, and included a car park underneath the extension. The Grand Cinema continued to operate while the building work was being carried out.

The Grand Cinema re-opened on 11th July 1938 with Jeanette MacDonald in “Firefly”. It had a 24 feet wide proscenium and a Holphane lighting system had been installed in the auditorium, which now seated 500. An RCA sound system had been fitted. The fa├žade was covered in Vitrolite tiles.

In late-1959, the Grand Cinema was taken over by the Miles Jervis Cinemas chain of West Bromwich. The last advertised film at the Grand Cinema was for Alan Ladd in “Shane” on 11th August 1961. It was converted into a bingo club, which was refurbished in 2010, and is still open in 2014.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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