98 Nottingham Road,
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Styles: Greek Revival
Previous Names: St. Albans Picturedrome
Located in Arnold to the north of Nottingham, at Nottingham Road and Arnot Hill Road. The St. Albans Picturedrome was opened December 26, 1912 with “The Wedding Present” on the screen and variety acts on the stage. I was designed by Nottingham based architect William H. Higginbottom and had 500 seats. It was built for and operated by Joseph Wardle.
In 1929 remodelling began by building the shell of a new larger cinema around the original one, without the original cinema having to close. It was designed by architect George F. Grimwood of Nottingham. As the new 1,000-seat building neared completion, the original cinema was closed for 10 weeks and the new Bonington Theatre was opened on 21st December 1929 with Lila Lee in “Butterflies” a silent film and variety acts on the fully equipped stage stage. It was equipped with a B.T.H. sound system on 3rd January 1930 when Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool” was screened. Variety acts were part of the programming for many years, and there was also an annual pantomime produced at Christmas.
The Bonington Theatre was closed by Joseph Wardle on 30th March 1959 with George Nader & Maggie Smith in “Nowhere to Go”. The seating and projection equipment was transferred to the Arts Cinema on Broad Street. The building was left unused for a while, and was later used for storage. It was demolished in April/May 1963.
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