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Work ramps up on converting former Netherfield cinema into new homes

The building on the corner of Kenrick Street and Wright Street was once the Cosy Cinema was built in the early 20th century.

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Work to convert a former cinema in Netherfield into eight new homes continues at pace.

The building on the corner of Kenrick Street and Wright Street was once home to the Cosy Cinema and was built in the early 20th century.

It remained in use as a cinema until 1955.

The building has since been used as workshop and storage space. 

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PICTURED: Scaffolding has been erected around the building on Kenrick Street (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)
PICTURED: Demolition work has begun on part of the building (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)
PICTURED: The cinema was built back in 1911

The plans were given the green light late last year and now the former cinema is being converted into two three-bed homes and the neighbouring property – described as ‘dilapidated’ – would be demolished to help make way for more properties.

Developers said they will be “sympathetically converting the former cinema and workshop”.

It said: “The scale, form and sitting of the proposed development is such that the character and appearance of the area will not be harmed, and will enhance the current site and visual outlook.”

The planning application will now be considered by Gedling Borough Council.

History of the Cosy Cinema in Netherfield

Built next to the railway line just off Victoria Street, the Victoria Picture Palace was opened on July 25, 1911.

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In 1913 a circle was added, giving an extra 150 seats and the seating capacity was increaed to 600. It re-opened and was re-named Alexandra Picture Palace, and this operated into the late-1920’s when it closed as a silent cinema.

It was re-opened on October 30, 1930 as the Cosy Cinema and was operated by Joseph Wardle of the Bonnington Cinema in Arnold, Nottingham.

In its final years it was operated by Levin’s Cinema Circuit of Nottingham, and they closed the Cosy Cinema on April 30, 1955. It became a workshop for a carpentry business.

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