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Gaumont Palace

2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
London Road
Derby UK

Record #5437  
 Opened: 1934
 Closed: 1988
 Current Use: Night Club
Capacity: 2175 seats
Architect(s): WE Trent & W Sydney Tr
Architectural Style(s): Art Deco
National Register:
Current Organ: 3/10 Compton
 Also Known As: Gaumont, Odeon, New Trocadero, ABC Trocadero, Cannon

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe & Dawn Walker.

The Gaumont Palace was the premier movie palace built in Derby. It had full stage facilities and also was equipped with a Compton Theatre Organ (3 Manual/10 Rank) and had a cafe/restaurant in the building. In 1974 the cinema was divided into 3 screens.

In 1983, the 2 screens in the former orchestra stalls level were opened up into a single unit bingo hall and the former 1,000 seat circle area was re-configured into a modern 55 seat cinema.

The cinema closed down on the eve of the opening of the Showcase multiplex in 1988 (reason given was that part of the decorative ceiling had collapsed). The bingo operation lasted for a few more years until around 1998.

After a few years of standing empty, the entire interior of the theatre was gutted and it was converted into the Zanzibar Nightclub which opened on 24 November 1999. In September 2003 it was announced that the entire block, including the former Gaumont Palace Theatre building, would be demolished in a couple of years time to make way for a new shopping precinct.

The Gaumont Palace is no longer under threat of being pulled down. The council
did try to put into effect a Compulsive Posession Order on the building, but
decided not to follow through on this as it would cost too much to buy the
building just to then pull it down. They are now planning on building the new
shopping centre around the building.

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October 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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