Temperance Hall

Curzon Street,
Derby, DE1 1LH

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Functions: Church

Styles: Neo-Classical

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temperance hall derby mid 80's

This was the first venue to screen regular films in Derby as early as 1904 with screenings on Saturday nights. Built as the Temperance Hall it showed films until Derby gained its first proper purpose built cinema in 1910 (The Midland Electric on Babington Lane) following the Cinematograph Act of 1909 which was designed to regulate the safe screening of films and improve hygiene. In 1915 films were still being screened on Saturday afternoons for children and also in the evenings.

Apparently the Temperance Hall was very low down on the social scale. It cleaned up its act and became the Elim Church and for many years was known as the Derby City Church.

In 2008, the church were locating to new premises at Pride Park and had put the Curzon Street building up for sale. The JD Wetherspoon pub chain were initially interested in the building, but in September 2008, they pulled out of the deal. By 2019 it was in use as Derby City Church again.

The Temperance Hall is a Grade II Listed building

Contributed by woody

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woody on July 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

seen here in 1981 and it hasnt changed much since then

link here to bygone derby website with childhood reminiscence of seeing silent films there
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