Palace Cinema

Upper Market Street,
Haverfordwest, SA61 1NH

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Palace Cinema

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The New Palace Cinema was originally built as the Corn Exchange. It opened as a cinema on 28th July 1913, with 1,000 seats, presumably on long benches, and the film "Zuma – Queen of the Gypsy’s" plus variety acts on the stage. By 1916 its seating capacity was given as 500.

The town’s other cinema, the County Cinema, opened in 1923 and it came under the same management as the Palace Cinema. By 1937 both were being managed by West of England Cinemas Ltd. and the seating capacity of the Palace Cinema was 800.

The County Cinema was closed in the 1970’s and later demolished, but the Palace Cinema continued. Unfortunately, by 1995, the balcony was deemed unsafe and the cinema operated on a ‘stalls only’ policy. A heavy rainstorm in November 1996 caused the evacuation of the cinema, when the water got into the electrics. By the end of 1996, plans were put forward to refurbish the building and create a second screen.

It was taken over by the operators of the Plaza Cinema, Port Talbot and re-opened on 24th May 1998 using the stalls area only. In mid-1999, the operating company went into receivership and its future was in doubt. But the building was saved and the second screen was added in a redundant space in the building in January 2003, leaving the original auditorium intact.

The Palace Cinema was taken over by the operators of the Coliseum Cinema, Brecon in August 2003. Seating capacities in 2009 are 362 and 150.

The Palace Cinema is designated a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2008 at 11:15 am

A recent photograph of the Palace Cinema:
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Ian
Ian on February 1, 2008 at 9:01 am

Vintage (1968ish) exterior photo here:–

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RossGC1
RossGC1 on September 29, 2009 at 12:34 am

Dear Ken,
Second screen in redundant first floor area opened January 2003. Original auditorium circle/stalls untouched. Taken over by the operators of the Coliseum Cinema, Brecon August 2003. Now 362/150

Plaza1985
Plaza1985 on June 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

The circle actually was restored and re-opened by Plaza Film Theatres for its' 85th birthday on July 28th 1998. I understand that the current operators no longer use the Circle, whcih is a shame and the sight lines from here are excellent.

Plaza1985
Plaza1985 on January 31, 2011 at 12:38 am

Here are some video shots of the cinema in 1999, showing the circle in use under the Plaza operators on closing day in March 1999. The video clips are in two parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfGsxiipYc
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