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Located in the Old Town section of Hartlepool, County Durham. The Theatre Royal was opened around 1871. By 1902 it was operating as the Empire Theatre of Varieties with 1,800 seats. It had a 21ft wide proscenium and the stage was 26ft deep. Films were being screen by April 1909. Alterations were carried out in 1910 to comply with the Cinematograph Act of Parliament and it became the Empress Picture Palace. In 1917 it was re-named Palladium Cinema and from March 1921 it was operated by Thomas Thompson. In 1930 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system and alterations were carried out at this time which reduced the seating capacity.
The Palladium Cinema was closed during World War II and went into other uses, and became a bingo club in the early-1960’s. It was demolished in the 1960’s.
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