Palace Cinema

19-20 Market Place,
Devizes, SN10 1JQ

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Previously operated by: Robins Cinemas

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Picture Palace, Electric Palace

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 44013.871.1626

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Located in the Wiltshire town of Devizes. Opened in 1912 with 417 seats, it was first known as the Picture Palace and then became the Electric Palace. In the late-1920’s it was enlarged to seat 900. Always operated as an independent, the operators in the 1930’s were A. Austin Pilkington Theatres.

In the 1970’s bingo was played on some nights and it was acquired by Zetters in 1975 and converted into a bingo club in the former stalls and a 253 seat cinema in the former circle. It was operated by Miles Byrne until his death in 1986. Taken over by Steven Wischusen until 1992, it then became part of the small Robins Cinemas circuit.

Today, its under an independent operator Angel Leisure, and screens first-run films. It was closed for renovations in July 2021. In May 2022 it was announced that the bingo operation in the former stalls was closed and the space was being converted into a 2nd screen which, with the stage fly-tower reinstated, would also present live shows.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 8, 2008 at 9:23 am

A night-time view of the Palace Cinema, photographed in November 2006:
http://flickr.com/photos/avtost/307953689/

Jeffrey Morris
Jeffrey Morris on November 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Delighted to read that this cinema is still open. While serving at nearby RAF Upavon I went along to this cinema several times in 1977/78 to see the then popular movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, the WRAF I took along loved both movies so much we went to see each one twice, the romantic type she was.
From memory the cinema in the former circle/balcony was a good conversion, back then the cinema was more popular than the bingo due to the popularity that both movies received in the UK. The screen was a fair size so I imagine it would have been the original? Utilised after conversion of bingo in the former stalls area of the auditorium.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on January 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hmm.. I know those Projectors… They had been in my stores. Is John Angel still involved..

Patriciarfraser
Patriciarfraser on April 10, 2017 at 5:08 am

John Angel still owns the cinema

FB
FB on July 22, 2021 at 4:27 pm

Currently closed, undergoing restorations to return the interior to original décor, although it doesn’t seem like much was going on when I visited.

FB
FB on April 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

News article about the still on-going renovation (chunks of which seems to be directly taken from this site’s blurb), which details the extensions and alterations inside and planned. The plan is to convert the site into a shared cinema/theatre space. https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/palace-cinema-devizes-redevelopment-plans-6858377

Alanuk
Alanuk on September 17, 2023 at 11:39 am

At the Open Heritage Day event on 16th September 2023, the owner said it would definitely re-open within a year. The old screen (not the original) in front of the balcony has been removed. There will be luxury seating in the balcony and normal seating in the stalls with the screen restored to the proscenium. A new projection room was being constructed at the back of the stalls. Many features have been retained or restored.

The stage will be available for live stage productions. I spoke to one of the staff who said the new owner had retained many of the former staff. I forgot to ask if they were helping with restoration!

FB
FB on September 17, 2023 at 3:05 pm

It isn’t open just yet, still renovating.

Great to see photos of the open day yesterday, so thanks Alan.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 22, 2023 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for adding the pictures of the interior From the design characteristics I strongly believe that The Palace was designed by Earnest Roberts of Satchwell and Roberts who also did the Regal in the town. There are still over 20 cinemas of their work not accounted for.

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