Home to skating, movies and bingo
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.