Palace Cinema

Saville Street,
Malton, YO17 7LL

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nic1946 on August 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

Myself and a colleague were looking for a cinema to lease in 1986, we approached ‘Star’ in Leeds to see if they had anything, they offered a twin screen we said yes, all was looking good, then they cancelled, they had sold out to Cannon. They offered another 3 screen in a mining town, (the strike had just ended) we said no, then we were offered a single in Pontefract but the terms of the lease were unacceptable. Watching the local tv news one day we saw some footage of the Palace which was being turned into a shopping mall with a cinema. The next day I phoned up the local council, they gave me the name of the company that was doing it, we arranged to meet, had a look and said yes. It was in such a state, all the seats from the stalls had been dumped there plus other rubbish and with the broken windows pigeons too. We got it rent free until we opened. The seats and tabs came from the then close Tower cinema in Leeds, other fittings came from the ABC in York being demolished at the time. There were five rows of tip ups and two of pullmans, 142 seats. The projector, FP25 came from Nottingham and the tower from Liverpool. Business was very good until the Warner multiplex opened in York.
The first film was ‘Crocodile Dundee’. The rainbow coloured slats which can be seen above the screen in some photos were off one of the sets of ‘321’ the YTV quiz show.

Ian on January 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

A vintage (1984) shot of the Palace can be found here:–

Ian on November 21, 2008 at 7:15 am

As stated above the former circle has now been split into two unequal portions (90 seats and 40 seats approx), but a great deal of care has gone into disguising the partition wall to look like the original decor. Regrettably neither cinema has screen tabs now.

Some photos from November 2008 here:-



john Wojowski
john Wojowski on March 24, 2007 at 3:36 pm

The Palace was actually put up for sale in October 06 and was taken of the market in Janaury 07 after the owner Jeremy powell’s circumstances changed and he decided to carry on running the cinema. It’s future under Jeremy is now saved. WEll done Jeremy.

Ian on January 19, 2007 at 1:34 am

The Palace Cinema has been put up for sale – it is continuing to operate in the meantime.

wingrave on November 23, 2006 at 7:58 am

Screen curtains [tabs] seem to have disappeared in Screen 1 now that it has digital as well as 35mm projection. Jeremy Powell who has run the cinema for the past few years has worked really hard to make the cinema profitable. Now the “twinning” means that the former auditorium [circle area of the original Palace] is halved.

Ian on April 28, 2006 at 3:40 am

A second screen has now been added to the Palace cinema (opened 2006) and it was one of the first in the area to utilise digital projection.

A recent photo of the exterior can be found here :
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Ian on March 22, 2004 at 4:12 am

In March 2004 the Ryedale part was dropped from the name and the cinema is now known as the ‘Palace Cinema – Malton’