102 Waterloo Road,
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Architects: Halstead Best
Previous Names: Palladium Super Cinema
News About This Theater
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
Located on Waterloo Road at the South Shore of Blackpool, not far from the Pleasure Beach. The Palladium Super Cinema opened on 16th April 1928 with Ramon Navarro in “Ben Hur”. Initially an orchestra accompanied the silent films, and in 1930, it was fitted with a Christie organ which had 2Manual/7Ranks which was opened by organist George Tootell.
Seating is divided between stalls and balcony, with much use of fibrous plasterwork on the side walls, balcony front and barrel vaulted ceiling.
A café used to exist at first floor level running along the Waterloo Road frontage, and a charming foyer runs the full width of the building with entrances on each of the roads. The Christie organ was removed in the early-1950’s. In later years the Palladium Cinema used to attract the long running blockbuster films -“The Sound of Music” ran for 46 weeks here in 1965.
The Palladium Cinema was closed at the end of 1976. It was converted into the Palladium Bingo Club, and was later re-named Apollo Bingo Club. The circle is intact but disused.
The Apollo Bingo Club was closed in September 2009. In 2012, a local businessman purchased the building and began renovations to convert it into a live performance and cabaret venue, with a planned 2013 opening. By 2018 the upstairs was a boxing training area and the downstairs was a pizza restaurant.
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