Regent Hall Cinema
7 Mansfield Road,
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This unusual cinema opened Friday 21st March 1913, seated 650, and was also a church. The proscenium was 34ft wide and it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. During the week it ran as a cinema but, with the help of a mobile altar, font and lectern, it was converted to a church on Sundays. The scriptures had film posters on the reverse, side lighting used red globes all week, replaced with white for Sunday, and Bible and prayer book racks were placed in front of pay-box for services. This rigmarole was done twice weekly for 28 years.
The Regent Hall Cinema was closed by the Fire Service on Wednesday 19th February 1941. The hall re-opened after the war, but not for film shows. The building was demolished in 1960. The site is now occupied by Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.
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