Palace Theatre

Leeming Street,
Mansfield, NG18 1NG

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Palace Electric Theatre - Mansfield

The Palace Theatre started life as the Electric Palace Theatre, a cine-variety theatre on 13th December 1910. It was designed by F.P. Cook and Lane, and was used more for films than shows. As one of the smallest of the town’s four cinemas, and independently owned it was the first to closed, being acquired in 1956 by the local authority and re-named Civic Theatre, to serve as the town’s live theatre. It has been continually improved since that date; renovated and stalls rake increased in 1956, stage improved 1970, circle enlarged 1994, major refurbishment 1997 and in 2006 the theatre reopened after a complete redevelopment and enlargement of the stage and dressing rooms.

The facade has also seen many changes and is now a modern, largely glass affair, replacing at least one interim design from the original arched and open box office original.

The auditorium however is a charming example of Edwardian design with rich plasterwork on both walls and ceiling, and a rectangular proscenium arch. On the side splay walls are ornamental grilles.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

History, photographs and memorabilia on the Palace Theatre:
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CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

A slideshow of pictures related to the Palace Theatre can be seen here.

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