View Full Version : The Palladium cinema - Birmingham - March 2011

30-05-2012, 10:40 PM
This information is taken from Cinema treasures

Originally opened on 15th November 1911 as the Hockley Picture House, it had 506 seats. It was re-built and enlarged to the plans of architect L.L. Dussault, re-opening as the New Palladium Cinema on 8th November 1922. The opening film was Isobel Elsom in "The Game of Life". The 3-storey building had a tiled mansard roof on top of its facade. Inside the auditorium, there was an elegant decorative scheme and seating was locating in stalls and circle levels. The projection box was located beneath the circle, above the rear stalls seating area.

From 22nd October 1936, it was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain, and was re-named Palladium Cinema. It continued to operate successfully as an inner city neighbourhood cinema for many years.

The Palladium Cinema was closed on 13th February 1965 with Gerald Hatray in "The Spy" and Francoise Arnoul in "Daggers Drawn"(A Couteaux Tires). It became a bingo club, which operated until closing in the late-1970's. The building then lay empty and unused for many years, and still stands in a deteriorating condition in 2011.

It was used as a Whole sale market place for clothes in the 80's by a company called associated stockbuyers and judging by the catalogues we found they mainly sold "leisure wear" consisting of horrid shell suits.

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crippletron 3000
30-05-2012, 10:48 PM
Yeah, I'll buy that :thumb

the kwan
30-05-2012, 11:08 PM
HORRID SHELL SUITS...watcha mean theyz cool lolol.....fantastic report:thumb

30-05-2012, 11:22 PM
I like this place blb style Birmingham road trip!!!

31-05-2012, 12:05 AM
I like this place blb style Birmingham road trip!!!

I've been saying we should take a trip down there for ages. So I could say road trip?

31-05-2012, 12:31 AM
Bang tidy! Love the last shot! :D

31-05-2012, 12:36 AM
Great looking cinema, All the shots are well lit for a cinema! Well done :)

31-05-2012, 07:10 AM
road trip?

31-05-2012, 08:00 AM
lovely - makes a change to have a cinema with light in it!

31-05-2012, 04:09 PM
Fab stuff, i like that last one and the stained glass thats still left :)

07-06-2012, 06:46 PM
Not much in Brum at the mo