ABC Derby

East Street,
Derby, DE1 2

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Mike_Blakemore on January 14, 2013 at 4:56 am

In the 1970’s I did the Winter Relief there while the Manager was on holiday..

Mike_Blakemore on October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I have loaded 3 pictures from 1959.. Hope you enjoy..

woody on April 20, 2009 at 4:48 am

some more demolition phots scanned from the orignals i took
looking down on where the rear of the lobby and stairs to the circle lounge were
the rear of the circle
the auditorium
from the street with the frontage gone but the plasterwork of the lobby visible
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one of the ornate proscenium organ grills hidden for years by the tripling which moved the screen forward to the front of the circle
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KingBiscuits on April 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm

According to Woody’s clippings, Angel and Police Academy were two of the final films shown.

smoothie on March 11, 2008 at 6:13 am

My apologies to everyone. Consider myself thoroughly told off-and correctly!

Ian on March 11, 2008 at 3:42 am

To be fair the “Add a theater” page is not user-friendly. Partly – and rightly – this is to force a conformity on the report. However the “write your own description” box is not up to the task. Too small, it does not scroll so you end up typing blind on longer descriptions like this one, and on reviewing, it ignores all formatting (making it harder to read and check). I usually try and type out longer reports in ‘Word’ and then cut and paste, but this too has limitations. Finally the Character Encoding on various Browsers can play havoc with the text symbols such as “ – / () will not necessarily appear as typed, through no fault of the author!

Just be grateful that someone has taken the time to write a description and that the Cinema Treasures staff have provided the format and editorial control to display it! And this was a definite LOL comment, not an attack!! Also made by a poster whose reports sometimes come out in an unexpected way! :–))

smoothie on March 11, 2008 at 3:07 am

Just reading the main blurb up top……“WR Glen who DEIGNED many other cinemas for the ABC chain”. My, not just Regal,but Royal too!

He also had a “cream deco ribbon FIANCE” Who was he I wonder? Real special family that! LOL

smoothie on March 11, 2008 at 2:59 am

Thanks for that Ken. i knew someone would come to the rescue!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

Hi there smoothie! Best to go to:– then go to ‘Search the Images’ then type in ‘Cinemas’ and click place name in drop down box. Currently, all the Derby cinemas are on Cinema Treasures, (apart from the Metro). I was raised in the town, so know them all and have added them to this site.

smoothie on March 9, 2008 at 11:14 am

Hmm! It doesn’t seem to want to link. But the reference is there. you’ll just have to do it longhand! Other Derby cinemas there,none on CT as yet……

woody on March 6, 2008 at 2:07 am

derby cinema ads from 1964 (came across them while clearing out my parents garage, for the odeon (St Peters St) Gaumont (London Rd) and ABC (East St)

Ian on February 3, 2008 at 7:44 am

A frankly poor picture of the exterior in 1984, just before closure:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 8, 2005 at 2:28 pm

The facade of the Regal Cinema, photographed in the Summer of 1946:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 5, 2005 at 3:24 am

The exterior of the ABC on its last day of operation, 14th July 1984 (not 1985 as the caption states):
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2005 at 12:31 pm

Thanks to woody, a couple of photographs of the Regal Cinema/ABC Derby here:

Auditorium in 1938

Demolition in 1984