16 George Street,
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The New Palace Cinema replaced the older Palace Electric Theatre, which stood adjacent. The New Palace Cinema was opened on 10th June 1935 with Sonnie Hale in “My Heart Is Calling”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. There was a moulded plaster design on each side of the 22 feet wide proscenium, and a stylised ‘sunburst’ design in the ceiling. The New Palace Cinema had a cafe, which was very popular.
Built for and operated by Tamworth Theatres Ltd. for all its life, the ‘New’ was removed from the name within a couple of years of opening.
By the early-1970’s the council had purchased the building, earmarking the site to be part of a new redevelopment for the Ankerside Shopping Centre. The Palace Cinema was closed on 1st November 1975 with Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”, and was soon demolished.
A ‘new’ Palace Cinema was built and opened at another location in the town in 1976.
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