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26th September 2002
Smallest cinema in the world opens its doors
Screen Room
Roll up, roll up for the smallest cinema in the world

What's being claimed as the smallest cinema in the world opened its doors to the public on Friday 27th September 2002.

Have a look inside the cinema with our rotating 360° image.

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The building where the Screen Room is located has been a cinema in the past - primarily for X-rated sex films.

To make more room films are back projected instead of front projected (where the film is projected over the heads of the audience).

Steven Metcalf's favourite film is Vertigo.
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The Screen Room is located on Broad Street, Nottingham, just opposite the Broadway Cinema.

It's the brainchild of movie enthusiast Steven Metcalf.

He was tipped off about the availability of the building by his brother, who lives in Nottingham.

Just for the record the Screen Room has 21 seats plus one reserved for staff.

Steven claims this makes it the smallest single-screen cinema in the world, beating one in Australia which has 22 customer seats.

Steven Metcalf
The man with the dream - Steven Metcalf

It might seem a gamble opening a movie house opposite one of the most highly regarded independent cinemas in the country, but Steven Metcalf is no novice.

He already runs The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, which has two screens catering for 100 people, and has been involved with cinemas for 20 years.

But he admits, when it comes to running the smallest cinema in the world "nobody else can be as mad as I am."

He says the Screen Room will be aimed at film fans and those who missed out on film releases the first time round.

World cinema and cult classics will form the staple programming diet. It'll also be one of the few cinemas to put on double-bills with two films for the price of one, such as a Hitchcock double-bill with Rear Window and Vertigo.

The very first movie to be shown in the Screen Room was Lost In La Mancha, a true documentary-style film recounting the troubles faced by Terry Gilliam as he tried to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Eventually he plans to put on late night screenings in the hope of attracting customers coming out of restaurants and pubs in the Hockley area.

Have a look inside the cinema with our rotating 360° image.

Tickets cost £5 waged and £4 concessions. You can also apply for a membership card.

More details on 0115 924 1133.

So is The Screen Room really the smallest single-screen cinema in the world? Tell us if you know of a smaller single-screen cinema.

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