Report - Durham Palladium, December 2011

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Oxygen Thief

Staff member
Oct 17, 2005
Explored with Dweeb and Speed.

External shot and history from cinematreasures...


The Palladium Cinema opened on 18th March 1929 with Alice Terry in “Garden of Allah”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels It was the first cinema in Durham licenced to operate on Sundays. On Sundays they were restricted to one evening performance and the programme had to be approved by both the Chief Constable and the Bishop of Durham.

The Palladium Cinema was damaged by a fire on 16th January 1934. It was refurbished and re-opened on 5th March 1934 with Leslie Henson in “It’s A Boy”.

ThePalladium Cinema was refurbished in late-1967, re-opening with “The Bible-In the Beginning”. The cinema closed in 1976 and operated as a Bingo Hall until 1982 when it became a Church.

It has now stood empty since 2004.
The view towards the stage, having the lights on was a bonus...



The stage. You can see that's it's quite a pit in there, mainly at the ground level though...


However, the projection room was in quite condition...



This shot sucks, it was a white balance nightmare, not to mention being badly framed. Dweeb will love it:...


and a quick shot from the fly tower, you can see the various blocks and pulleys on the floor in places...



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