Cavendish Cinema

18 Stenson Road,
Derby, DE23 1JD

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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: J. Browning, W.S. Hayes

Styles: Art Deco

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Cacendish Cinema

Originally on this site, at the corner of Derby Lane and Stenson Road in the Cavendish/Normanton district of Derby, stood the Normanton Pavilion Theatre & Gardens which was built in 1908 seating 300. The Pavilion burnt down on 2nd January 1929.

The Cavendish Cinema was opened on 28th December 1937 with Grace Moore in “For You Alone”. It was built for an independent company and they employed local architects J. Browning & W.S. Hayes of Derby who designed a modern Art Deco styled cinema. Browning & Hayes also designed the Cavendish Cinema, Nottingham in 1938. Seating at the Cavendish Cinema, Derby was provided for 1,152 in the stalls and 512 in the balcony.

The Cavendish Cinema was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain from 30th August 1943, but retained its name and was never called ‘Odeon’. Odeon Theatres were later taken over by the Rank Organisation and they closed the Cavendish Cinema on 19th November 1960 with the film “Sons and Lovers” starring Trevor Howard.

It was demolished and a Fine Fare Supermarket was built on the site, which in 2011 operated as a Somerfield supermarket, and by 2015 was a B&M Bargain store.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on August 28, 2010 at 4:33 am

If you go to this site: and click n the third picture down, you can get a then-and-now view of the theater and what the site looks like after the theater was gone.

rivest266 on June 16, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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