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The cinema began life as the Broad Street Wesleyan Church, which was built in 1839 by the architect S. S. Rawlinson. It is reputedly where the Salvation Army founder, William Booth, was converted.
Since the 1960s Broadway has housed the Co-operative Education Centre, Nottingham Film Society, City Lights Cinema and, in 1982, the Broadway Cinema.
In 2006 Broadway went through a major development with funding from the National Lottery and the Arts Council. The work was completed in October 2006, and cost around £6,000,000. The cinema was enlarged from two to four screens, including the world's first (and only) cinema designed by Sir Paul Smith. The building houses also two bars.
Between 1998 and 2008, Broadway hosted a series of festivals on British Silent Cinema, in conjunction with the British Film Institute. In 2009, this festival moved to the Barbican in London.
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