Gaumont Bristol

13-21 Baldwin Street,
Bristol, BS1 1NA

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Gaumont Bristol

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Originally opened as a music hall in 1892, it was known as the People’s Palace and was built for and operated by Horace Livermore. Livermore converted it into a full-time cinema from February 1912. From 1920 it was taken over by the Biocolour circuit which became part of the Gaumont British Theatres circuit in March 1927. It was closed on 30th June 1927 and the auditorium was reconstructed behind the original facade.

Designed by noted architect Frank T. Verity it re-opened on 14th February 1928 as the New Palace Cinema, later named Palace Cinema.

It was re-named Gaumont Theatre in 1952 and the auditorium was modernised in around 1960. The Rank Organisation closed the Gaumont on 15th March 1980 and it was converted into a nightclub. It has undergone several name changes in this use, and remains open today as ‘Creation’. The facade of the building is Listed.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 30, 2007 at 3:28 pm

A vintage photograph of the Gaumont from the 1960’s:
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Ian
Ian on July 31, 2007 at 11:53 am

Photo from 2001 here:–

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 3, 2007 at 3:06 pm

scroll down for vintage photo of auditorium:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 3, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Page 16 of brochure linked above.

nxylas
nxylas on February 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Anyone know the screen dimensions for this cinema? I remember the screen as being huge, but then, I was much smaller when I used to go there as a kid. I was wondering how it compared to today’s multiplexes.

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