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Report - The Palace Theatre - Nelson - 2/5/10

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Speed, May 4, 2010.

  1. Speed

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    Well, where do we start with this one! theres alot to tell, dispite its slightly bland external apperance its a throughly interesting place!

    I first visited the Palace just after christmas but that day it was just a recce with the Burnley Empire getting most of my attention. However a week or so ago word came through of plans for the imminant demolition of this amazing building and i just knew i had to go out of my way to get in there and atleast see whats left, if not show people what idiots the council are being by allowing demolition of such a good theatre! They only want it for a carpark for gods sake and its not just that, eveytime ive been up there the existing carpark behind has been empty! what is going on Nelson?!

    Never the less i headed up there with Dweeb, Raddog and Laura to see what we could do. Kindly Squirrel had allready done a bit of a recce and let us know the score and with that we found a blatent, yet fairly simple way to get inside. Its great when the forum works that way and things get done rather than people being cagey and glory hunting. Big thanks for your help mate!

    The building has a bit of an unfortuante history, originaly a grand theatre, it was castraited in the early 80s when they built a new road slap bang through its front lobby leaving it an externaly bland looking box without the usual cinema frontage. Inside the 'gods' and flytower were sealed off and the building got the usual gordy paint job and bingo conversion. Its not quite as bad as the Wallsend Borough but for me the place had a simlar feel. I didnt find it very photogenic, yet under the paint the plasterwork is fantastic and in very good condition. We didnt manage to get right up into the gods, the spoil from the 1980s demolition had apparently bloacked the only staircase! We did however find our way into some great 'sealed off' areas that had escaped modernisation and the probably put this one in my top five derelict theatres.

    In the end we saw no sign of final demolition, dispite activity outside in April suggesting the time was neigh! hopefully it stays for a while longer, or maybe even gets saved!

    http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/NelsonPalaceTheatre.htm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/sets/72157621912050972/



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  2. Squirrell 911

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    No worries mate :thumb.

    I live closer to this place than you so it saved you a ballache if it was tight.

    Heres some of my pics from when I was there.

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