The cinema was opened in 1938 and closed as a cinema in 1968.
The Cavendish Cinema was built for Mr. Shapeero of the Rocket Cinema Co. He employed Derby based architects J. Browning & W.S. Hayes, who in 1937 had designed the Cavendish Cinema in Derby.
The Cavendish Cinema in Nottingham was opened on 15th December 1938 with Will Hay in “Convict 99” and Nan Grey in “Black Doll”. Film star Googie Withers attended the opening of this luxury suburban cinema.
Seating in the stalls was provided for 1,122, and in the circle 544. The proscenium was 30 feet wide, the stage 14 feet deep and there were four dressing rooms.
Always an independent cinema, the Cavendish Cinema was closed on 15th September 1968 with Charlton Heston in “Will Penny” and Mike Henry in “Tarzan and the Great River”. It was converted into a bingo club, which continued until 1991. The building was then boarded up.
In recent years it has operated as an I.C. Discount Warehouse store.
Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) leaving Cavendish Cinema after making a personal appearance in 1958
The Cavendish was opened in 1938. Sadly it survived just three decades as a cinema, closing in 1968.
On the opening night at the Cavendish in 1938, an audience of 1,700 people packed the huge cinema to see Will Hay in Convict 99, paying 6d to 9d for a ticket in the stalls.
In the best 1s 3d seats at the front of the circle, by special invitation, were some of the performers, including a very young Googie Withers.