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The Palace Ballroom, Blackpool

Part of the Palace Complex

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

The Palace Ballroom - From a 1938 programme for the Winter Gardens Complex

Above - The Palace Ballroom - From a 1938 programme for the Winter Gardens Complex - Caption reads: -'PALACE BALLROOM Pictured by Fortunino Matania, R.I. A paradise for the dancer which one can visit and participate in its joys when visiting the Palace Picture Pavilion or Variety Theatre. Its attractively illuminated floor is an original feature.

The Palace Ballroom was situated within Blackpool's huge and lavish seafront Palace Complex which was next door to the Tower Complex. The Ballroom was a redesign of the former Alhambra Ballroom by the renowned Theatre Architect Frank Matcham in 1903.

An early postcard depicting the Palace Complex, Blackpool with Harry Lauder on the Bill at the Palace Theatre.

Above - An early postcard depicting the Palace Complex, Blackpool with Harry Lauder on the Bill at the Palace Theatre.

The Alhambra Ballroom itself had been designed by Wylson & Long and had originally opened in 1899, as part of the former Alhambra Complex which had run into financial difficulties soon after opening and was sold to the Blackpool Tower Company in July 1903. The Tower Company then set about redesigning the building and they reopened the newly redesigned Matcham Ballroom as the Palace Ballroom in July 1904.

A Real Photographic Postcard of the Palace Ballroom, Blackpool

Above - A Real Photographic Postcard of the Palace Ballroom, Blackpool

A Google Streetview image of the site of the Palace Complex today - Click to Interact. The price structuring at the Palace Complex meant that eventually one could pay for a ticket for the Palace Theatre, or the later addition to the building, the 1911 Palace Picture Theatre, and then go to the Palace Ballroom afterwards with the same ticket, making for a very special and reasonably priced evening's entertainment all in the same fabulous building.

Sadly the Palace Ballroom, and the whole Palace Complex, was the first of Blackpool's major theatrical venues to be lost, and it was completely demolished in 1958 to make way for a new Lewis's store, later to become a Woolworth's.

Right - A Google Streetview image of the site of the Palace Complex today - Click to Interact.

You may also be interested in reading Donald Auty's Blackpool Theatres Article on this site which has more personal information about working Blackpool's Theatres in the 1950s.

If you have any more information or images for the Palace or Alhambra Ballroom that you are willing to share please Contact me.

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