Broadway Cinema

Broadway Cinema is an independent cinema in the city of Nottingham, England in the United Kingdom.

Broadway Cinema
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Broadway Cinema in 2012
General information
Address14-18 Broad Street
Town or cityNottingham
Current tenantsBroadway Cinema
Construction started1839
Cost£6 million (2006 re-development)
OwnerBroadway Cinema Ltd
Design and construction
ArchitectS. S. Rawlinson

It is located in the Hockley area. In 2009, it was rated as one of the best cinemas in the world by Total Film magazine.[1]


The site now occupied by the cinema began its life as the Broad Street Wesleyan Church, which was built in 1839 by the architect S. S. Rawlinson.[2][3] This church is reputedly where the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, was converted.[4]

Since the 1960s, the site has housed the Co-operative Education Centre, the Nottingham Film Society, City Lights Cinema and, since 1982, the Broadway Cinema.[citation needed]

In 1993, the cinema was the venue for the UK premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, showing it immediately after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival.[5] For many years, film director Shane Meadows worked out of the venue; he still uses it as a base for press interviews.[6] Likewise, the filmmaker Jeanie Finlay has edited most of her films on the premises, including her Game of Thrones documentary The Last Watch.[7]

In 2006, Broadway Cinema underwent a major redevelopment with funding from the National Lottery and Arts Council England.[8] Works were completed in October 2006 and cost around £6 million.[9] The cinema now boasts four screens, including the world's first (and only) cinema designed by Sir Paul Smith.[9] It also houses two bars.[10]

Laraine Porter (the co-founder and director of the British Silent Film Festival) was director of the Broadway Media Centre from January 1998 until May 2008.[11] Consequently, between 1999 and 2008, Broadway Cinema hosted a series of festivals for silent film in conjunction with the British Film Institute.


  1. ^ East Midlands UK – Creative Industries – News Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. Invest in Nottingham (5 February 2009). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ "UNESCO City of Literature: William Booth". LeftLion.
  3. ^ Pevsner Architectural Guides, Nottingham. Elain Harwood
  4. ^ "William Booth". The Salvation Army.
  5. ^ "Happy 25th Birthday Broadway Cinema".
  6. ^ "Shane Meadows: 'For many years I didn't remember it... but it caused me a lifetime of anguish'".
  7. ^ "Nottingham-Based Award-Winning Film Maker Jeanie Finlay on Her Official Game of Thrones Documentary The Last Watch".
  8. ^ "Broadway cinema is top of the world".
  9. ^ a b "Broadway - Visit Nottinghamshire". Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  10. ^ "Broadway Cinema Bar". Vegan Nottingham.
  11. ^ Hunter, I. Q.; Porter, Laraine; Smith, Justin (2017-01-12). The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-315-39217-2.

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Coordinates: 52°57′15.4″N 1°8′37.8″W / 52.954278°N 1.143833°W / 52.954278; -1.143833