Star Theatre

Kingsway and Forest Street,
East Kirkby, NG17

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Located in the East Kirkby district of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The Star Theatre was opened in January 1914. It was a lowish building of brick and iron construction. It is believed to have opened with variety shows on the stage. By late-1914 films were also part of the variety programme.

In 1928 the stage was enlarged to 20ft deep and there were four dressing rooms. The auditorium was redecorated in an Egyptian style, with Egyptian scenes on the walls. On 20th September 1930 it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system when Tim McCoy in The Overland Telegraph" became its first ‘talkie’. In 1932 it was taken over by Kirkby Pictures Ltd. who operated the Regent Cinema 100 yards away along Kingsway.

The Star Theatre was closed on 28th September 1957 with Jock Mahoney in “Showdown at Abilene” and Jeff Chandler in “The Tattered Dress”. In March 1961 the Newcastle based Essoldo chain took over the Regent Cinema and the Star Theatre, but they did not re-open the Star Theatre. It was used for storage and later became a garage.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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