Gaumont Palmers Green

292 Green Lanes,
London, N13 5TT

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The Palmadium Cinema

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Located in the north London district of Palmers Green. The Palmadium Cinema opened as part of the small independent Gale & Repard circuit on 24th December 1920. The cinema was part of a complex which included a billiard hall and shops. Designed by noted cinema architect J. Stanley Beard it had a facade that was faced in white ceramic marble with with red brickwork and apple green tiles around the entrance. In the auditorium seating was provided for 1,400 in the stalls, a dress circle which seated 450, above which was a 338 seat balcony. There were also seven boxes located on each side of the dress circle. A tea terrace was located at dress circle level which also allowed patrons to take their teas into the boxes and view the films while having their refreshments. The cinema was equipped with a ‘straight’ 2Manual organ.

The Palmadium Cinema was taken over by Denman/Gaumont Theatres chain in April 1928. It was re-named Gaumont from 26th February 1951 and was closed on 25th February 1961 with Dirk Bogarde in “The Singer Not the Song” and “Japan”. The building was demolished and a Tesco supermarket was built on the site(this has now closed). A tiny fragment of the original facade remains to be seen, if you know where to look.

Contributed by KenRoe

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a73uk
a73uk on July 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Apparently there was a second cinema not far from this one in Palmers Green, at the site of the current McDonalds (previously the LEB showroom), but no pictures or details seem to exist anywhere.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 29, 2009 at 9:54 pm

The Queen’s Hall, Palmers Green is not listed on Cinema Treasures at this moment in time.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The Queen’s Hall Cinema is now listed /theaters/31140/ It was located next to the current MacDonalds, in a new building now occupied by Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food.

durha1h
durha1h on February 8, 2011 at 12:11 am

I came to this country on the 29th August 1961 with my parents six brothers and sisters and lived in Park Avenue N13.

The Gaumont (formerly Palmadium)certainly had not been demolished by then and probably not for some months after.

I vividly remember the picture boards at the entrance to the cinema with black and white photos of the last/current showing.

Howard

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