Palace Cinema

27 Fore Street,
Trowbridge, BA14

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The Electric Palace of Varieties opened in 1914 by Albany Ward. Taken over by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) by 1920. Taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain in 1936, it was soon closed and demolished to allow a new Gaumont Theatre to be built on the site, which opened in November 1937.

An old postcard pictures this theatre in the early-1930’s with a sign advertising “talkies” positioned over the entrance.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 29, 2005 at 9:01 pm

Here is the old postcard I found of the Palace. The film on the poster appears to be “Young Woodley” from 1930 and stars Madeleine Carroll and Frank Lawton.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 29, 2005 at 9:48 pm

The Palace Cinema was opened in 1914 by the Albany Ward circuit. It had a seating capacity of 635. It was taken over in February 1929 by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres circuit (who were later merged into the Gaumont British circuit).

The Palace was closed on 27th February 1937 and a new Gaumont Theatre built on the site (this too has now been demolished)

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