Gaumont Palmers Green
292 Green Lanes,
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Architects: John Stanley Beard
Previous Names: Palmadium Cinema
Located in the north London district of Palmers Green. The Palmadium Cinema opened as part of the small independent Gale & Repard circuit on 24th December 1920. The cinema was part of a complex which included a billiard hall and shops. Designed by noted cinema architect J. Stanley Beard it had a facade that was faced in white ceramic marble with with red brickwork and apple green tiles around the entrance. In the auditorium seating was provided for 1,400 in the stalls, a dress circle which seated 450, above which was a 338 seat balcony. There were also seven boxes located on each side of the dress circle. A tea terrace was located at dress circle level which also allowed patrons to take their teas into the boxes and view the films while having their refreshments. The cinema was equipped with a ‘straight’ 2Manual organ.
The Palmadium Cinema was taken over by Denman/Gaumont Theatres chain in April 1928. It was re-named Gaumont from 26th February 1951 and was closed on 25th February 1961 with Dirk Bogarde in “The Singer Not the Song” and “Japan”. The building was demolished and a Tesco supermarket was built on the site(this has now closed). A tiny fragment of the original facade remains to be seen, if you know where to look.
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