Palace Theatre

Prince's Way,
Bradford, BD1

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Located in Bradford city centre on the now vanished Victoria Square, opposite a site upon which would later be built on as the Alhambra Theatre. The Star Theatre & Music Hall was opened on 23rd August 1875. It was designed by architectural firm Jackson & Longley. The following year, in 1876, they designed the Prince’s Theatre, which was constructed above the Star Theatre & Music Hall.

The Star Theatre & Music Hall had seating provided in orchestra stalls, pit stalls, balcony and boxes. It became the People’s Palace in 1894, and was soon taken over by the Livermoore brothers, who refurbished the theatre. On 6th April 1896 Lumiere’s Cinematographe was presented. From 2nd January 1899 it was taken over by the MacNaghten Vaudeville Circuit and re-named Palace Theatre. Films were soon presented as part of the variety programme.

The Palace Theatre was closed on 28th May 1938, when the city council said the building had ‘structural defects’ and refused to renew its Licence. It was never used again.

The Prince’s Theatre continued until it closed in May 1961. Both theatres' then stood unused until they were demolished in 1964.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This webpage has additional historical detail and pictures of the Star Theatre/People’s Palace/Palace Theatre, including a drawing showing the relationhip of the Palace and Prince’s Theatres.

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