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The Palace Theatre, Manchester Road and Victoria Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Formerly - The Star Theatre and Music Hall

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Victoria Square, Bradford from a Postcard. To the right is the Prince's Theatre, below which was the Palace Theatre. And to the left is the Alhambra Theatre.

Above - Victoria Square, Bradford from a Postcard. To the right is the Prince's Theatre, below which was the Palace Theatre. And to the left is the Alhambra Theatre.

The Palace Theatre, Bradford was built in 1875 by Jackson and Langley and was situated underneath the Prince's Theatre, which was built by the same builders but opened a little later in 1876.

The Palace Theatre originally opened as the Star Theatre and Music Hall on Monday the 23rd of August 1875 with music hall Bill featuring Amy Ellis, H. F. Juleene, The Fritz Troupe, who were Laura Honey, Fred Caddoch, H. Watson, J. H. Arnold and Lilly Howard, and also R. Green, Patti Goddard, La Petite Sarah, and Jim Arcus.

Prices for the opening week at the Star Theatre and Music Hall were given as:- Private Boxes, 1s 6d; Side Boxes, 1s; Balcony Chairs and Promenade, 6d; Pit, 3d. Full details can be found on the interesting website Bradford Timeline.

In July 1878 a fire destroyed the Prince’s Theatre which was situated above the Music Hall, and badly water damaged the Music Hall itself, but they were both restored to use again and reopened by December the same year. The Star reopened on Monday the 23rd of December 1878, and the Prince’s reopened on the 24th of December 1878. The ERA reported on the fire along with some details of both venues in their 21st of July 1878 edition which you can read here.

The Auditorium of the Bradford Palace - Courtesy Michael Sherrington.Henry Pullan, who had run his nearby Pullan's Music Hall since it was built in 1869, left to take over the running of the Star Music Hall, and the Prince's Theatre above it, in 1887. And by 1892 Henry's sons Charles Pullan and James Pullan, had taken over the running of both Theatres, but with Henry Pullan still as owner.

The Star Theatre was later renamed the Palace Theatre and this is how some people today would remember it.

Right - The Auditorium of the Bradford Palace - Courtesy Michael Sherrington.

There was a pass door just inside the stage door of the Prince's Theatre above, which was at street level, and this led into the back of the circle of the Palace. The Palace Theatre closed in 1938, many years before the Prince's Theatre but a lot of old equipment was still left inside including the dimmer mechanism. All the seats in the auditorium had gone however, and there was just the occasional safety light to see by.

Harry Firth Presents 'Oh! So Dainty'

Above - Harry Firth Presents 'Oh! So Dainty' - Harry Firth is known to have performed at the Bradford Palace in 1920 and was an apprentice to Pavioni - Postcard Courtesy Michael Sherrington whose Grandmother is second from the left on the back row, and whose Grandfather was the boxer Joe Durham who fought at the Bradford Palace in 1910. Harry Firth is probably the bespectacled individual centre stage.'

Harry Firth's Eight Dainty Maids

Harry Firth's Eight Dainty Maids

Above - Harry Firth's Eight Dainty Maids - Courtesy Michael Sherrington.

The Palace Theatre closed in 1938, many years before the Prince's Theatre above it, but a lot of old equipment was still left inside including the dimmer mechanism. All the seats in the auditorium had gone however, and there was just the occasional safety light to see by. The Prince's Theatre closed on Saturday the 27th of May 1961 and then remained empty, along with the Palace Theatre beneath it, until in 1964 when both Theatres were demolished and a garden was created on the site which is now in front of the National Media Museum.

A Google StreetView Image showing the site of the former Prince's Theatre and Star Music Hall / Palace Theatre to the left, the Queen Victoria War Memorial to the right, and the National Media Museum in the centre. To the right of this image and out of shot is the Alhambra Theatre - Click to Interact.

Above - A Google StreetView Image showing the site of the former Prince's Theatre and Star Music Hall / Palace Theatre to the left, the Queen Victoria War Memorial to the right, and the National Media Museum in the centre. To the right of this image and out of shot is the Alhambra Theatre - Click to Interact.

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