The Paddington Palace, Edge Hill, Liverpool
Later - Coliseum De Luxe / New Coliseum
Above - The auditorium and stage of the New Coliseum Cinema, formerly the Paddington Palace, Edge Hill, Liverpool, in a photograph from 1950 - Courtesy K.R..
The Paddington Palace was another Liverpool suburban music hall and on the same circuit as the Tivoli (Lime Street) and the Park Palace, under the proprietorship of James Kiernan. My notes taken from 'The Stage' mention that the hall was in the Edge Hill district and opened on 2nd September 1890 at a cost of £6,000. It held 1,100 patrons.
Arthur Lloyd is known to have performed here in 1901 and 1902 ,"Warmth marked the welcome given here on Monday to Mr Arthur Lloyd, whose originality and comedy power are still prominent in his enjoyable drawing room entertainment".
It reopened in August 1906 as a twice nightly drama house with variety interludes and apparently was run by Mr Montgomery. In July it was run on the stock drama system and in September 1908 was to be auctioned along with the Tivoli and Park Palace.
Harold Ackroyd in his 'The Liverpool Stage' and 'Dream Palaces of Liverpool' gives more detail. It had a tall gabled frontage to Upper Mason Street, was of red brick relieved with stone and had a glass canopy to compensate for the lack of spacing inside. The proscenium was tall and narrow with boxes on either side. It ran twice nightly - 7.00 and 9.00 - with prices ranging from 1/6 to 3d. It continued with live entertainment until 1910 when it was leased by the Weisker Brothers and turned into the Coliseum de Luxe, opening on 2nd January 1911.
Above - The auditorium of the New Coliseum Cinema, formerly the Paddington Palace, Edge Hill, Liverpool, in a photograph from 1950 - Courtesy K.R..
A change of ownership, in 1926 saw alterations to the interior with the removal of the boxes and a conversion of the gallery into a waiting area. ABC took over in 1935 and it continued thus until final closure on 8th December 1956. Looking at my A-Z of Liverpool, the two halls were geographically quite close to one another. The Theatre was demolished a few years later in May 1962.
The textual information on this page was kindly supplied by Ted Bottle.
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