Palace Cinema

High Street Bordesley,
Birmingham, B12

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Moss Empires Ltd., Stoll Circuit

Architects: C.F. Owen, George F. Ward

Firms: Owen & Ward

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Imperial Palace Theatre, Bordesley Palace Theatre

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Palace Cinema

Located in the Bordesley district of Birmingham at the corner of Clyde Street and High Street Bordesley opposite Bordesley Railway Station. The Imperial Palace Theatre opened on 2nd October 1899 with the play "Sporting Life". It had an imposing facade with a tower feature on each side. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided in orchestra, dress circle and balcony levels, with private boxes beside the proscenium. It was taken over and operated by the Stoll Moss Theatres chain from 1903, when it was re-named Bordesley Palace Theatre.

It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in October 1928 and closed as a live theatre in 1929 with a production of "Maria Marten" or "The Murder in the Red Barn". It converted into a full time talkie cinema, with a seating capacity for 1,296. The Palace Cinema was requisitioned by the Government in 1942 and was used as a food store during World War II. It was listed as ‘Temporary Closed’ in 1947, but it never re-opened and was demolished in 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2010 at 5:34 am

An illustration and more details on the Imperial Theatre here:
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rivest266 on July 16, 2022 at 2:18 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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