Palladium Cinema

Back Crescent Street,
Morecambe, LA4 4AE

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Previously operated by: Orr Circuit

Functions: Bar

Previous Names: New Palladium Cinema

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Palladium Cinema

Located in the Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe in a conversion of the Queen’s Market Hall which was opened in 1896. The Palladium Cinema had its entrance up an arcade off the Promenade, across Back Crescent Street, with the auditorium at the rear laying parallel on Victoria Street. It was opened on 4th August 1919 with Eugene Pallette in “Viviette”. In around 1929, it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston (BTH) sound system. It was refurbished in 1933.

It was a popular cinema, and after another refurbishment in 1937, it was re-named New Palladium Cinema. That same year, it became the first cinema in Morecambe to screen a colour film; George Brent in “God’s Country and the Woman”. It reverted back to the Palladium Cinema name by 1944.

In 1953 it was taken over by the Coventry based Orr Circuit of cinemas, and they installed CinemaScope in 1954. The Palladium Cinema was still operating in 1966, but had closed by 1980.

It was converted into a squash club, which closed in 2008, and a bar operates in part of the building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Ian on January 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

Photo of the fa├žade of the Palladium in 1992 here:–


terry on November 29, 2018 at 5:18 am

Photos uploaded.

HJHill on November 5, 2023 at 5:29 am

The Palladium cinema was created in what had been the 1896 Queen’s Market hall. The entrance to the building was on Back Crescent Street which was parallel to Marine Road Central (the promenade). The sign still visible on a gable end points to the entrance to a passage through the promenade buildings to the back street. There were lights and cases of posters etc, but paying etc took place at the entrance to the building in Back Crescent Street. The 1933 and 1913 25-inch OS Maps confirm this.

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