Palace Theatre

1 Stars Lane,
Yeovil, BA20 1NR

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Located on the corner of Stars Lane and South Street at ‘The Triangle’. The Palace Theatre was built for Albany Ward, who was operating a chain of theatres and cinemas in the West Country. It opened as a variety theatre on 14th February 1913, and screened six short films as part of the variety programme. It was advertised as ‘Albany Ward’s Palace of Varieties, with star artistes and star pictures’. The entrance was flanked by a bay on each side, which were each topped by a convex dome. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

In 1921 it was taken over by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain, who merged with the Gaumont British Theatres chain in February 1929. The Palace Theatre was closed in 1933, and was demolished, to built the Gaumont Palace on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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