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The Palladium Super Cinema, Waterloo Road, Blackpool

Later - Apollo Bingo

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

A Google StreetView image of the former Palladium Super Cinema, Blackpool - Click to Interact

Above - A Google StreetView image of the former Palladium Super Cinema, Blackpool - Click to Interact

The Palladium Super Cinema on Waterloo Road, Blackpool opened on the 16th of April 1928 with the film 'Ben Hur' and was designed primarily as a Cinema but also had stage facilities. Originally the Cinema showed silent films accompanied by a full orchestra but a Christie Organ was installed in 1930, although this was removed in the 1950s.

The auditorium was built on two levels, stalls and one circle, and the Cinema also had its own cafe on the first floor looking out over Waterloo Road, and a large foyer on the ground floor which ran the full width of the building.

Sadly the Cinema closed in 1976 and the building went over to Bingo use. The stage was then demolished, its site is now used as a car park. However, the auditorium and foyers etc are still in pretty much their original form with much of the plasterwork detail still in evidence.

Apollo Bingo ceased operations at the former Cinema on the 5th of September 2009 and its future is currently uncertain.

There are some photos of the Palladium's auditorium during its Bingo years here and here.

Some of the information on this page was gleaned from the excellent Cinema Treasures website.

If you have any more information or images for this Theatre that you are willing to share please Contact me.

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