Palladium Cinema

New Street,
Paisley, PA1

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Architects: John Fairweather

Previous Names: St. George's Picture House

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Palladium Cinema

In Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1910 (either September or October) the St. George’s Picture House opened in the former Free St. George’s church. There were 850 seats in the former nave and galleries.

In July 1913 the building was refurbished. On 18th November 1919 Palladium (Paisley) Ltd. was registered, in Edinburgh, with Captain A. Ferguson and P. R. Youl as directors, and W. T. Killock as secretary. This company took over the St. George’s Picture House, and renamed it the Palladium Cinema.

In July 1930 plans by architect John Fairweather were approved for the rebuilding of the Palladium Cinema, including the installation of a Western Electric(WE) sound system. The main works were carried out by Charles Gray and Sons Ltd. of Glasgow.

In the 1950’s CinemaScope was installed. In the 1958 Kinematograph Year Book shows were continuous from 6pm (Saturdays 2pm), with three changes of programme weekly. The screen, at 35ft wide, fitted snugly into the proscenium, which was also 35ft wide. There were, by then, 900 seats.

The Palladium Cinema closed in January 1962.

Bingo took over, after which the building was converted into a furniture store. It was gutted by fire in January 1984, and the site was cleared in 1987.

Contributed by David Simpson
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