Palace Cinema

159 High Street,
Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6RG

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ritzman
ritzman on August 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

The Compton organ in the Palace came from the Empire Cinema Aldershot and has since been removed, current whereabouts is unknown and sadly may possibly have been broken up for spares or scrapped. The organ had little ‘voice’ and although when in the Empire Aldershot the acoustic quality of the auditorium was high the sound of the organ was always somewhat disappointing and did not ‘fill the space’ with sound. This was despite the pipe chambers being high in the auditorium above the proscenium – according to Len Rawle (who used to play the Compton whilst he was stationed in Aldershot during WW2).The Compton was in poor condition when Len used to play it regularly and was rarely maintained. The organ had no illuminated surround and appeared to be a fairly basic Compton with a church style console. When installed in the Empire Aldershot it was not on a lift but at floor level below the screen. The film on the EAFA website is I think the only recording of this Compton

Buffer
Buffer on August 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

The original proprietors called themselves Rickenya cinemas after their names – LF Richardson, AN KENdal and Herbert A YApp

Louis Barfe
Louis Barfe on November 5, 2012 at 6:58 am

The bingo operation here closed a while back, didn’t it?

rasLXR
rasLXR on May 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

1971 On Camera: Organs No. 1 http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/5092 The organ at the Palace Bingo is about 6min in.

rasLXR
rasLXR on September 2, 2009 at 8:06 am

I used to attend bingo here in the early 70’s with my dad they used to have the organ played between bingo sessions. At one point I think they had a second organ installed. Some parts of the projection equipment were still in place but the picture heads and lamphouses had been removed(Kalee).

Ian
Ian on January 30, 2006 at 5:30 am

Exterior photo of the cinema (as a bingo hall) here :

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Note the marks at the top of the facade where the lettering used to be.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 9, 2005 at 9:41 am

Designed by noted cinema architect Eric Norman Bailey of Maidenhead, the Palace remains virtually untouched in its current use as a bingo hall.