Gaumont Nottingham

1 Goldsmith Street,
Nottingham, NG1 5JS

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ArtDirector on August 18, 2020 at 1:49 pm

I visited this cinema in about 1963. It had obviously been converted from a variety theatre. It was almost full and I got a seat as I was on my own. The projection room must have been at the back of the “Gods” where the “limes” used to be; the room would have already been fireproof. I was sitting in the circle and the screen was obviously leaning backwards, so the view of it from the stalls must have been poor. There were acoustic tiles on the back wall of the circle, presumably to absorb reflected sound. I was most impressed with the many boxes on the side walls. I tried to glimpse them through the cracks in the doorways opposite when I left. Sadly, I never saw it again, as it was demolished after the Odeon was split into two auditoria. It was a very sad loss of a fine auditorium. I have never found any photographic records of how it looked.

davidcoppock on May 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

What a building!! It should have been heritage listed and saved. It looks like a department store with its 5 floors(6th floor in the top front corner?).

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

A vintage photograph of the Hippodrome Theatre in around 1946, showing some minor war damage, and a photograph of the Wurlitzer organ console:
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