Olympia Picture Palace & Electric Theatre
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Architects: Caleb Petch
Previous Names: Fisheries Exhibition Building, Empire Theatre of Varieties
Designed by Caleb Petch and opened in 1895 as the Fisheries Exhibition Building, it was within a year used as a sporting hall, and by the turn of the century was known as the Empire Theatre of Varieties.
After a short spell as a roller skating rink it was re-opened by Sydney Carter and Will Catlin (of later Palladium and Futurist fame) as the Olympia Picture Palace and Electric Theatre. It was claimed to have 6,000 seats on the flat floor and three sided balcony.
In 1914 it was shelled by German bombs and closed. Post World War I it was repaired and reopened as a ballroom. It perished in a huge fire in July 1975 and has been replaced with Olympia Amusements.
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