Palace Cinema

35 Station Road,
Aldershot, GU11 1BA

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Palace Cinema Aldershot

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A small but intimate cinema designed by office of the Frank Matcham Co. It once had silk wall panels and gas lighting and was originally run by the Aldershot Picture Palace Co., a private independent company.

It was sold to local council in the 1970’s and screened pornographic films.

It then operated as a night club, originally named Cheeks and then VOX. In Spring of 2010, it re-opened as a live music and special events venue known as The Palace, but this closed in 2013. It was re-opened as a banquet hall and entertainment venue on 18th December 2015.

The former Palace Cinema was given a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage in 1979.

Contributed by Mike Luck

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

An April 2010 photograph of The Palace, soon after its re-opening:
www.flickr.com/photos/62679849@N00/4561228038/

ritzman
ritzman on July 20, 2012 at 4:04 am

new pictures added to photo tab at top of page

ritzman
ritzman on October 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

The Palace needs to be listed as closed. After another revamp & short re birth as a live music venue sadly it closed yet again and is for sale. It would of course be suitable for use as a cinema but unlikely as the Cineworld complex at Westgate at the top of the town & a Vue complex is currently under construction in near by Farnborough, plus, a new cinema is planned for near by Farnham. This will mean that when all the new cinemas open, there will be more screens than at the height of cinema going in the 1930’s. When Odeon closed the former ABC/RITZ/CANNON they stated there was little demand for cinema screens in the area.

ritzman
ritzman on January 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Mike Blakemore That’s a great early picture you’ve posted! Must have been taken shortly after the Palace opened in 1910? Have to say it looks a bit ‘shabby’ considering it was newly opened and that the ground floor elevation had not yet been stucco coated. I have to say that is the oldest picture i’ve seen of the dear old Palace.

ritzman
ritzman on June 19, 2014 at 2:45 am

Newspaper advert for the Palace. All shows accompanied by the Palace Orchestra

ritzman
ritzman on November 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Friday November 19 1965

Aldershot News

31 cinema patrons collapse after throat-cutting scene

Thirty one customers to the Palace Cinema, in Aldershot, have fainted in four days this week during the screening of the film The Shocking World.

All were men and they collapsed after the scene in which a knife is apparently pushed through a man’s throat.

The film, a documentary in colour showing aspects of life and violence throughout the world, began its run on Sunday, and by the end of the evening 12 men had fainted.

One needed treatment at Farnham hospital and was detained until Monday, but the others were revived by the manager Mr AHJ Whittle and his staff, and either returned to see the last of the programme or went home.

Since then Mr Whittle has sought help from the St John Ambulance Brigade, which has had personnel on duty at the cinema.

Eight men passed out on Monday and another eight on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the number was reduced to three.

Mr Whittle told our reporter that he and his staff coped with the emergency and have laid in ample stocks of smelling salts.

ritzman
ritzman on December 28, 2015 at 7:02 pm

The Palace has re-opened (December 18th 2015) as a banqueting and entertainment venue. It has been redecorated in a colour scheme similar to that when it was last used as a cinema. The balcony was divided off from the main auditorium by a drop wall when it was used as a music venue and night club. The drop wall has been retained and has large windows that allow sight of the former stalls area. The stage and proscenium are still in place. The new look interior is very pleasing to the eye and every effort has been made to preserve the original decorative scheme and plaster detailing.

ritzman
ritzman on December 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

The following link will allow you to see photos taken on the opening night and launch of the Palace as a banqueting venue http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/palace-aldershot-welcomes-guests-official-10628075

hollinslane
hollinslane on April 17, 2016 at 7:01 am

we used to call the old palace cinema the old flea pit, although I was never bitten, I remember in my time a large wine colored velvet curtain was drawn by the usherette across the main doors to out side to stop the light getting in , also there were pillars or columns 4 I think, holding the ceiling up , bad luck if your seat was placed behind them , you sat with one leg round each side , woo betide the projectionist if the film in progress stopped there was uproar we all stamped our feet and yelled our heads of .not me of course it was the boys honest ! .my favorite seat was up the front , so the boys in the balcony could not throw half eaten cornets , gum,crisps or any other missile at /on us . I think the above applied to all cinemas , I did a really mean thing to this day I feel guilty went to flicks with a boy sat down didn’t like the film , went to the toilet and instead of coming back my seat went home.if your reading this I am really really sorry. another sin was rushing to get out when the film finished before the queens anthem came on ,

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