Mansfields First Cinema

Where was it?

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A few more pictures from the Museums Chad Negative Collection, taken in June 1973 and listed as 'Mansfield's First Cinema' Where was this, did you go there? what films did you see?

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Chad B+1948 27

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Mansfields First Cinema' page

Chad B+1948 28

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Chad B+1948 29

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Chad B+1948 31

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Chad B+1948 32

This page was added on 01/04/2015.
Comments about this page

It looks like the Popular Picture Palace on Elm street. I don't think it was open for very long though, it only survived until 1912 as the Palace Electric Theatre on Leeming street opened in 1910.

By Angela Bramwell
On 01/04/2015

I seem to remember this building being on Elm Tree Street  an old plasters workshop.

By barry
On 01/04/2015

The building was formerly known as the 'Albert Works' The Simpsons were gas fitters and mechanical engineers. Between 1874 and 1882 they manufactured the 'Defiance' bicycles (Penny Farthings) and tricycles. They sub-let part of the building to a Mr. Weatherall, wholesale boot and shoe maker in 1892. Property was vacated in 1894. 

By John Vanags - Old Mansfield Society
On 04/04/2015

Yes like Barry says I'm sure this was used by a company that used to make decorative plaster cornice and ceiling rose mouldings, as is evident by the white powder spillage in the doorways. Don't know if it was the same company or not that relocated but there was one in the eighties on Arthur Street just off Newgate Lane that did the same sort thing. Does anybody remember the company name or anybody who worked there?   

By Kevin Gilbert
On 29/04/2015

According to the 1957 Linney's Gazateer the premises were W J Wilson, Plasterers, Decorative mouldings etc.  This book is a treasure, a mine of information!

By Tom Shead
On 30/04/2015

Mansfield's first FULL TIME cinema, not just first cinema. The Victoria Hall (Palais de Dance / QI / etc..) was screening movies from 1907.

By Howard Mansfield
On 09/12/2015

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