Palace Theatre

23 Station Hill,
Chippenham, SN15 1EQ

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Previously operated by: Albany Ward Circuit, Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd.

Architects: Percival Rigg

Functions: Nightclub

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Chippenham Public Hall

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Palace Theatre

Located in Chippenham, Wiltshire. The ‘Electric Theatre’ in the Public Hall in Station Hill was used as a roller skating rink and was showing films by 1910. The Albany Ward Circuit obtained a Cinematograph Licence in 1914 and enlarged the building to the plans of architect Percival Rigg and converted it into the Palace Theatre. It had an 18 feet wide proscenium and the stage was 20 feet deep. Variety acts performed as part of the film programme. It was part of the Albany Ward/Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain, and was taken over by Gaumont British Theatres in February 1929. It was equipped with a Cinephone sound system. Gaumont British Theatres closed the Palace Theatre on 7th November 1936 when they built the town’s new Gaumont Theatre.

The Palace Theatre was used as a store and then became a snooker club and later a nightclub.

Contributed by Harry Rigby
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