2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
Upper Boundary Road|
|Record #5435 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 650 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Cosmopolitan, Meena Cinema|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
Originally built and opened as the Cosmopolitan in 1910 it was used as a public meeting hall, roller rink and dance hall before becoming the Cosmo Cinema. It was the first cinema in Derby to show talkies in 1929, beating the more central city centre cinemas by several months. It closed as a cinema in 1959 and after laying empty for a while it was converted into a bingo hall. This was a short lived venture and the building lay empty again for several years until it was re-opened as the Meena Cinema showing Asian films on Sundays from 1978. General release films were tried out again for 6 months but the venture failed and after a short period in use as a disco, it went over to showing Adult movies in 1981, but the owners were prosecuted for showing obscene movies and it was closed down. After further years of laying empty it is now currently in use as a discount Cash & Carry store. The interior has been gutted, and the small balcony removed, as has original decorative features on the exterior facade.
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October 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 12/10/2005.