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Previously operated by: E.J. Hinge Circuit
Previous Names: Palace of Varieties
Located in the seaside town of Redcar, Cleveland. The Palace of Varieties was opened around 1912. It had a 20 feet wide proscenium, six dressing rooms and a decent size stage. There was also a café for the convenience of its patrons. By the end of 1913 it was presenting films as part of the variety programme.
In 1921 it was taken over by Messrs. Lumley & Bennett. By 1926 it was mainly used as a cinema and was operated by Arthur R. Bennett. In 1929 a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system was installed, one of the first in the north-east of England, and under new owners C.E. & R.B. Goldsborough it was re-named Palace Theatre.
The Palace Theatre was equipped to show CinemaScope films in 1955. The Palace Theatre closed as a cinema in 1962 with John Wayne in “The Searchers”. It was converted into a bingo club, and in 1977 a new entrance frontage was added (the top gable of the original façade could still be seen if you stood away from the building). The Palace Bingo Club closed in 1979. In 1982 it was purchased by Nobles Amusements and converted into an amusement arcade, but this had closed by 2007, and the building was demolished in 2012.
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