551 Valley Road,
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Previously operated by: United Entertainments Ltd.
Architects: Alfred John Thraves
Functions: Office Space
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the Basford district of Nottingham at the junction of Valley Road and Nottingham Road. The Futurist Cinema opened on 26th July, 1937 with Jack Buchanan in “This’ll Make You Whistle”. It had a car park which has a capacity for 200 cars. The Futurist Cinema was built for R.L. Kemp, and was taken over by Basford Cinemas Ltd. in 1940.
It was equipped with CinemaScope in 1955. In 1960 the circle was closed and converted into offices. In 1963 it was sold to United Industries, and they made the offices in the circle smaller and reinstated the front of the circle with 200 seats. They closed the Futurist Cinema in August 1966. They leased it out to an independent operator and was closed in March 1976. The auditorium was altered, and it re-opened using the circle seating area only on 18th July 1976. It had a mixed programme of films, screening family films and (X) Certificate films. It closed on 13th August 1977 with Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”. Since closing the building was stripped out and has had a variety of uses mainly conversion into offices.
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