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The Palace Electric Theatre was opened on 3rd November 1910. It had been designed by Tamworth based architectural firm Clason & Fidler. Variety acts appeared on the stage, as well as films presented on the screen. It was renovated in 1915, and became the Palace Cinema.
In late-1934, the then operator Tamworth Theatres Ltd. proposed to build a New Palace Cinema on adjacent land. The Palace Cinema continued to operate while the New Palace Cinema was erected.
The Palace Cinema was closed on 25th May 1935 with “Death in Broadcasting House” and “Young and Beautiful”. The New Palace Cinema was opened on 10th June 1935.
I am not sure what use (if any) the ‘old’ Palace Cinema had after closing. The site (together with the New Palace Cinema) is today part of the Ankerside Shopping Centre, built in 1976.
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