Home to skat­ing, movies and bingo

Derby Telegraph - - BYGONES - By JANE GOD­DARD jane.god­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com

MEM­O­RIES of the old Alex cin­ema in Nor­man­ton were rekin­dled for reader Trevor Fur­niss when he read our re­cent story on some of Derby’s for­mer pic­ture houses.

Mr Fur­niss, a for­mer long-time res­i­dent of Darby Street, Nor­man­ton, who now lives in Open­woodgate, re­called vis­its to the Alex, which was lo­cated on the cor­ner of Hart­ing­ton Street and Nor­man­ton Road.

“The Alex went on to be the Tro­cadero dance hall un­der Sam Rams­den. We used to go to most of the cin­e­mas men­tioned in pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles.

“Tom Jenk­ins worked at the Cavendish cin­ema as door­man and he would not stand any non­sense. He would soon show cul­prits the door.

“The Cavendish was the best.” The Alex started out as an skat­ing rink be­fore chang­ing to a cin­ema when the silent films started to be shown dur­ing the First World War.

“After its days as the Tro­cadero it be­came a bingo hall.”

This pho­to­graph, above, shows the cin­ema dur­ing its early years.

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