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Report - Durham's Palladium Cinema - Durham - July 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by WildBoyz, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Durham’s Palladium Theatre and Cinema opened on 18th March 1929 as the second cinema in the city centre, and first featured Rex Ingram’s film, ‘The Garden of Allah’, which starred the famed Alice Terry; Ingram’s wife. Although the Palladium was constructed to also allow for the provision of theatrical possibilities, by affording a stage and seating in stalls and circle levels, the site only ever exclusively operated as a cinema; although it was the first cinema in Durham authorised to function on Sundays – as approved by the Bishop of Durham and the Chief Constable. On the 16th January 1934 the Palladium Cinema, however, was damaged considerably by a fire, causing the premises to close temporarily; although it was entirely refurbished and reopened on 5th March, in the same year. The opening film was titled ‘It’s a Boy’, with Leslie Henson. The Palladium Cinema was later renovated once more, towards the end of 1967, and reopened soon after with the film titled, ‘The Bible In The Beginning’. By the 1970’s though, the public clientele had declined considerably as other larger cinema developments were emerging in other towns and cities within the region. The Palladium ceased trading as a cinema in 1976 and, like most other small theatres and cinemas during that period, it reopened as a bingo hall. By 1982 the Palladium became a church and operated up until 2004. Interestingly, although the Palladium Cinema’s function was altered considerably over the years, the projection room was left largely untouched until 2004. Since then time, weather and vandals have had an unbelievable effect on the projection room and to the rest of the building’s internal décor and the various items that were forgotten.

    Although we’ve been in and out of the Palladium numerous times curiosity brought us to return once again. Having been away from Durham for a while it was good to return. Sadly the Palladium has seen better days as the water damage has worsened and items have evidently gone missing. Unfortunately we were unable to get the lights working again on this visit; perhaps the bill payer has finally clicked on as to where the mystery bill was coming from? Still, it remains an interesting explore and it was well worth revisiting as I expect that it certainly won’t be around forever. For anyone else planning a visit, watch the floorboards in certain places…

    1: Projector Room and Old Projectors

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    2: Old Film Projector

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    3: Old Film Reels

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    4: Main Staircase

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    5: Double Doors - Entrance to Balcony Seats/Bar Area

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    6: Looking into the Bar

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    7: A View From Inside the Bar

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    8: The Preserved Room

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    9: Record Player

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    10: Bingo and Slot Machines

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    11: The Palladium from the Stage

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    12: Stage Curtain

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    13: The Main Stage and Curtains

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    14: Bottom of the Main Staircase

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    15: Durham's Palladium Cinema

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    16: On the Edge of the Balcony

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    17: The Balcony - Rear View

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    18: Looking Down Towards the Stage

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    19: Control Room

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    20: Projector Room

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    21: The Back of a Projector

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  2. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Top stuff! :thumb

    Really like the black & white on this one, suits the location well. Love shot 8 in particular. :)
     
  3. WildBoyz

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    Cheers mate. Thanks for the feedback :)
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    That's a funny New Zealand ? Take it you're back home then ?

    Nice work fella :thumb
     
  5. WildBoyz

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    Nah, mate. Just got to NZ :p I meant to get this up before I got here, but a lack of planning and packing meant that I never got it done in time lol.
     
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    Good stuff bud, id heard the weather hadnt been kind to her over the last month or so.
     
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    Makes a change to see it in black and white and you have done it well too liking this a lot thanks for posting.
     
  8. WildBoyz

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    Cheers :) Glad you like the report!
     
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    Some lovely stuff here, top draw :thumb
    I need to get a cinema splore done myself at some point
     
  10. WildBoyz

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    Cheers man :) Good time for exploring cinemas at the moment with loads closing down.
     
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    Really nice work…still need this one too.
     
  12. WildBoyz

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    Needs to be done. I don't think it has much life left in it, so the sooner the better!
     
  13. The Stig

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    It's now sealed back up again which is both sad news but good news too, depending which way you want to look at that
     
  14. Camera Shy

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    Sealed as of when ?
     
  15. The Stig

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    We went yesterday and it was sealed up then, God know when it was done but glad I managed to have a couple of trips there
     
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