Palladium Cinema

Durham, DH1

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Taken April 9th 2011

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The Palladium Cinema opened on 18th March 1929 with Alice Terry in “Garden of Allah”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels It was the first cinema in Durham licenced to operate on Sundays. On Sundays they were restricted to one evening performance and the programme had to be approved by both the Chief Constable and the Bishop of Durham.

The Palladium Cinema was damaged by a fire on 16th January 1934. It was refurbished and re-opened on 5th March 1934 with Leslie Henson in “It’s A Boy”.

The Palladium Cinema was refurbished in late-1967, re-opening with “The Bible-In the Beginning”. The cinema closed in 1976 and operated as a Bingo Hall until 1982 when it became a Church.

It has now stood empty since 2004.

Contributed by William Mewes

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

The former Palladium Cinema, photographed in August 2008:
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William Mewes
William Mewes on April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Here are three photos that I took on April 9th 2011

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William Mewes
William Mewes on July 25, 2011 at 7:32 am

Some recent interior photos can be found here on another forum.

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Buffer on November 15, 2014 at 6:03 am

In Nov 2014 it looks much the same and the religious posters are kept up to date on the shabby frontage.

terry on August 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

I understand that this building is soon to be demolished to make way for student accommodation for Durham University. 600 seats have been donated to Beamish Open Air Museum for installation in the Grand Cinema Ryhope which is to be transplanted there :–

I believe that the lovely stained glass arched window within the deceptively small Front Of House of the Palladium (typical of many cinemas of the period which had small entrances leading to capacious auditioria) is to be restored and retained together with the rest of the facade.

In the 1960’s, after a very expensive modernisation, the stained glass window was the main feature of a large luxurious cocktail bar; it was adorned by blue velvet curtains matching the Royal Blue Axminster laid throughout the building.

Business dwindled at the Palladium following the rerouting of traffic in the late 1960’s (Claypath had been an important thoroughfare prior to this) leaving most business to the Essoldo, North Road, which, whilst very little was spent on it for years, latterly enjoyed a better location and Booking Policy.

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