The Newtown Palace Theatre, New Town Row, Birmingham
Above - The Auditorium and Stage of the Newtown Palace Theatre, Birmingham in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle
The Theatre had a large stage with a fully equipped fly tower, and seven dressing rooms, but although it was built for Cinema and Variety use it didn't last long as a variety Theatre.
Right - The Auditorium of the Newtown Palace Theatre, Birmingham during its Bingo years in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle.
In 1937 the Theatre was taken over by an independent operator who ran it for a number of years, but it was eventually closed down in April 1961. The Theatre was then converted for Bingo use. The final Bingo operator in the building was Ladbrokes who closed it in 1983.
The Theatre then stood empty for a number of years before succumbing to demolition in the 1990s for a road widening scheme.
Ted Bottle, who took the photographs on this page during the Theatre's Bingo years in 1980, says:- 'This was only a mile from the Aston Hippodrome and erected by Moss Empires but it did not last long as a variety hall. The proscenium plaster work was quite ornate and I have often mused on the identity of the lady on the balcony front. There was a full fly tower and it is surprising that there was no gallery.'
Some of the above information was kindly supplied by Ted Bottle.
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Above - A detail of the plasterwork on the Circle Front of the Newtown Palace Theatre, Birmingham in 1980 - Courtesy Ted Bottle.
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