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Great Britain Palladium Cinema - Jan 20

BikinGlynn

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Originally opened on 15th November 1911 as the Hockley Picture House, it had 506 seats. It was re-built and enlarged by architect L.L. Dussault, re-opening as the Palladium Cinema on 8th November 1922

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The opening film was Isobel Elsom in "The Game of Life". The 3-storey building had a tiled mansard roof on top of its facade. Inside the auditorium, there was an elegant decorative scheme and seating was locating in stalls and circle levels. The projection box was located beneath the circle, above the rear stalls seating area.

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From 22nd October 1936, it was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain, and was re-named Palladium Cinema. It continued to operate successfully as an inner city neighbourhood cinema for many years.

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The Palladium Cinema was closed on 13th February 1965 with Gerald Hatray in "The Spy" and Francoise Arnoul in "Daggers Drawn"(A Couteaux Tires). It became a bingo club, which operated until closing in the late-1970’s. The building then lay empty and unused for many years, and still stands in a deteriorating condition in 2011.

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An uneventful explore but its an interesting place with some lovely architecture.

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Had a proper phantom of the opera feel up here!

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Old projector room

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Thanks For Looking
 

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Really good report - liking the decay in this place. The black and white shot is great
 

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Great pics. Not much changed in the 9 years since I visited this place, maybe a few less seats but much the same otherwise.
 
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Great pics. Not much changed in the 9 years since I visited this place, maybe a few less seats but much the same otherwise.
Thats good to know but have a feeling that wont last. The access is way too easy at the mo & part of the roof has gone so water ingress has started!
Shame really like so many it should be saved
 
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