Palace Theatre

Alcester Street,
Redditch, B98 8AE

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Redditch Palace proscenuim arch and boxes

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The Palace Theatre opened in August of 1913 with the film “In a Fix” starring Asta Neilson plus a variety show on the stage. It was designed by noted theatre architect Bertie Crewe as a live theatre and also for cinema use, as it had its own purpose built ‘Bioscope’ box. The original seating capacity was for 690.

The exterior has a stuccoed facade in a Neo-Classical style. Inside the auditorium, there is a single balcony and a box on each side of the rectangular proscenium arch, which is 22 feet wide. The stage is 20 feet deep and there were originally seven dressing rooms (additional ones have since been built).

In February 1929 it became the Palace Super Cinema, reducing live performances in its programming. The Palace briefly went back to live theatre use in 1954, but was closed in May 1954. One year later it opened as a roller skating rink with the former stalls floor now leveled to stage level. In 1959 it became a dance hall and in the late-1960’s it was used as a bingo hall.

The Palace Theatre opened again as a live theatre on 11th September 1971 and continues operating today. It is a Grade II Listed building

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on August 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm

A photo of the auditorium, taken just after the theatre had closed for a major refurbishment and restoration in 2005, can be seen here.

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Ian
Ian on March 13, 2009 at 3:21 am

An 18 month closure for a thorough refurbishment, including demolition of the 1950’s foyer block, and replacement with a modern larger foyer and bars, together with a lavish restoration of the auditorium and stage was completed in 2006.

Interior photographs of the Palace, taken in February 2009, can be seen here:-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3350461394/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3350460616/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3350459938/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3350459412/

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