Assembly Rooms

Market Place,
Derby, DE1 3EH

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Assembly Rooms

Located on the north side of Market Place. The original Assembly Rooms was built in 1863, and was damaged by fire in 1963. The building was demolished in 1972, when the Classical style façade was saved and rebuilt at the Tramway Museum, Crich.

The new Assembly Rooms was built and opened in 1977. Following the closure of the ABC (ex Regal) Cinema in July 1984, Derby City Council equipped the Assembly Rooms with projectors, a large screen and sound system, and it began screening first run films. This was very successful, but only lasted for a short period of time. The building since then has been host to concerts, stage productions and special events.

On 15th March 2014 a fire broke out in the multi-storey car park adjacent to the Assembly Rooms. Although there was little damage to the Assembly Rooms, the top floor of the car park which contains the heating and air conditioning units for the Assembly Rooms was destroyed, and performances were cancelled. In March 2015 plans were announced that the building would be demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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70mmbobbyj on April 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Just added two pictures, one of the current Assembly Rooms and one of the original façade which was rebuilt at the Crich Tramway Museum.

70mmbobbyj on March 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Tonight the city council have have decided to knock it down and replace it with a more suitable venue. The location yet to be decided.

metal35mm on September 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

This was an awesome place to see a film, and could get pretty packed with the right choice of programming. The screen was huge, and for a venue built more as an arena the picture and sound were pretty much spot on. Plus they had a bar open during screenings which was rare in those days

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