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The Palace Picture Pavilion, Blackpool

Part of the Palace Complex

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

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

Above - The Palace Picture Pavilion - From a 1938 programme for the Winter Gardens Complex - Caption reads: -'PALACE PICTURE PAVILION by Fortunino Matania, R.I. The art of the cinema is presented in these ideal surroundings with a degree of restfulness and comfort that enhances the enjoyment of patrons to the full. It is renowned for its pre-release; and premier performances of both Hollywood and London Studios.'

 An early colour postcard depicting the Palace Picture Pavilion, Blackpool.The Palace Picture Pavilion was situated within Blackpool's huge and lavish seafront Palace Complex which was next door to the Tower Complex.

The Palace Complex originally opened as the Alhambra in 1899 but was not a success. It was then purchased by the Tower Company in July 1903 who enlisted the renowned Theatre Architect Frank Matcham to redesign the building, reopening it as the Palace Complex in July 1904.

Right - An early colour postcard depicting the Palace Picture Pavilion, Blackpool.

The Palace Picture Pavilion was a later addition to the Palace Complex, opening in 1911 and went on to become one of Blackpool's major Cinemas, showing pre-release and premiers of both Hollywood and British Films.

The price structuring at the Palace Complex by then meant that one could pay for a ticket for the Palace Picture Theatre, or the Palace 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.

A Google Streetview image of the site of the Palace Complex today - Click to Interact. Sadly the Palace Picture Theatre, 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.

Left - 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 this Theatre that you are willing to share please Contact me.

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