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


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


2: Old Film Projector


3: Old Film Reels


4: Main Staircase


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


6: Looking into the Bar


7: A View From Inside the Bar


8: The Preserved Room


9: Record Player


10: Bingo and Slot Machines


11: The Palladium from the Stage


12: Stage Curtain


13: The Main Stage and Curtains


14: Bottom of the Main Staircase


15: Durham's Palladium Cinema


16: On the Edge of the Balcony


17: The Balcony - Rear View


18: Looking Down Towards the Stage


19: Control Room


20: Projector Room


21: The Back of a Projector



inquisitive historian
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Good stuff bud, id heard the weather hadnt been kind to her over the last month or so.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Makes a change to see it in black and white and you have done it well too liking this a lot thanks for posting.


28DL Regular User
Regular User
Some lovely stuff here, top draw :thumb
I need to get a cinema splore done myself at some point

The Stig

Urbex = Nosey Bastard
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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

The Stig

Urbex = Nosey Bastard
Regular User
Sealed as of when ?
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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