Gem Electric Palace

6 Bullough Street,
Atherton, M46 0DL

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Functions: Dance Studio

Previous Names: Gem Electraceum

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Gem Electric Palace

In the Lancashire town of Atherton, north west of Manchester, the Gem Electric Palace (also known as the Gem Electraceum) opened on 29th July 1912. Apparently the interior was rather plush, and there were four private boxes.

Despite this, the cinema closed on 27th December 1926 with Blanche Sweet in “Why Women Love” & William Farnum in “The Wonderful Adventure”.

It is not known what happened to it in the meantime but, by the mid-1960’s, the building was derelict, before being taken over by a supermarket.

By 1996 the building was occupied by Sankey & Monk’s funeral parlour. More recently, it has been home to Atherton Dance Centre.

Contributed by David Simpson

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popcorn_pete on August 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Evidently purpose-built and opening on 29 July 1912.

popcorn_pete on October 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

Proprietors were Swailes and Lowther, Edmund Walton by 1917 and Eagle Picturedrome Company by 1921. The first manager was Rex Sugden. Auditorium had tip-up seats in the stalls and circle with tip-up forms in the pit. First weeks programme consisted of: East Lynne; Rowdy and his Pal; A Young Writer Goes in Search of Local Colour; Lumbering in Australia; Willie and his Birthday Present. Last films advertised were for the w/c 27 December 1926 and were Why Women Love and The Wonderful Adventure. Believed to have closed when the Savoy opened in January 1927.

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