163 Kings Cross Road,
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The Palladium Picture House in the leafy suburb of Kings Cross in Halifax opened on 30th March 1914 and was designed by a local Halifax architect, a Mr Kershaw.
It seated 895 patrons in stalls and most unusual balcony. This occupied only two thirds of the width of the building and barely projected over the stalls. It had the appearance of a giant private box but contained approximately 7 rows of seats. Sightlines cannot have been great as the ceiling above the main hall was lower than that of the balcony and an interesting lions head plaque decorates the drop wall from balcony to stalls ceilings. It must have given the effect of watching a film through a letterbox opening.
I had a tiny foyer and a wide, clearly altered for cinemascope, proscenium opening. A barrel vaulted and segmented ceiling over stalls with muted decorated plaster bands.
Owned by Star Cinemas from around 1944/45 it was re-named New Palladium Cinema. It closed on 18th April 1962 with Bobby Darin in “Come September” and went over to use as a bingo club. It is now used as a carpet warehouse (Carpet Cuts) although it is substantially intact and in a fair condition although the façade has been altered and the glass canopy removed.
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