Palace Cinema

Buckley, CH7

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Buckley Picture House Ltd. was registered on the 28th January 1913 with Messrs F. Barnett, H. Firms, J.D. Walsh, G.W. Greenwood and J.S. Haynes as directors. Its aim was to build a 400 seat cinema to incorporate a Post Office, a printing works and a billiard hall within the building. Sometime around 1920 ownership passed to Messrs Cropper and Sons who installed Mr. T.N. Cropper as Manager. Programmes were changed twice weekly with one show per night and two on Saturdays. The venue had its own generator to supply electricity as the local power supply was found to be unreliable. The sound era was ushered in with a British Acoustic sound system.

Circa 1935 ownership came into the hands of a Mr. J. Jervis who guided the venue through the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. For much of this time (i.e. from 1938 through to 1951) admission charges remained at 5d to 1/–. By 1960 Wedgewood Cinemas had taken over as owners and closed the cinema for renovation. It was never re-opened and was finally demolished in 1975.

Contributed by Alun Turner
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