Palace Cinema

35 Station Road,
Aldershot, GU11 1BA

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Palace Cinema

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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.

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 July 8, 2005 at 7:44 am

Opened as the Picture Palace Theatre in 1912, it was designed by architect John Priestly Briggs from the office of Frank Matcham & Co. The original seating capacity was 708.

It was still shown as operating as an independent cinema in 1963 and 1965, known as the Palace Cinema with 626 seats. It closed on 12th July 1977 and was sold to Rushmoor Council and was leased out, re-opening on 26th December 1977.

By the time of its final closure with the screening of regular films on 30th September 1985, it had been given Grade II Listed status. It remained derelict until Spring 1989 when plans were put forward to spend £1m on a facelift and conversion into a nightclub. This continues today (2005), under the name of Cheeks Nightclub

Ian on April 30, 2006 at 10:43 pm

Exterior and interior photos of the Palace can be found here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 25, 2008 at 7:08 am

A November 2007 exterior photograph, as the VOX Nightclub:

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

An April 2010 photograph of The Palace, soon after its re-opening:

ritzman on July 20, 2012 at 4:04 am

new pictures added to photo tab at top of page

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 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 on June 19, 2014 at 2:45 am

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

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.

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