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Majestic, Durham
Cinema Address:
Sherburn Road, Durham, DH1 2EP
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1938-1961
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
Seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear instead of an overhanging balcony.
Other Info:
It was built opposite a new estate to attract an audience from there and nearby villages on the eastern edge of Durham. It opened on 29th August 1938 with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in “Maytime”.
Fate of the Cinema:
It was badly damaged by a fire on 26th August 1956. Repairs were carried out and it re-opened on 6th December 1956 with Kenneth Moore in “Reach for the Sky”. It closed in November 1961 with Elvis Presley in “Flaming Star” although the Kinematograph Yearbooks have it still listed as a cinema until at least 1970. It was converted into a full time bingo club. In 2014 it operated as a Top Ten Bingo Club and in 2015 was the Apollo Bingo.
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Information below is taken from The Kinematograph Yearbooks. The Page reference is from the following year’s edition, when information appeared. Additional information is in italics
Year Ownership Population Seating Capacity Other cinemas in town Manager Shows per day Changes Weekly Prices Variety Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1938 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 16223 7 551
1939 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 16223 6 488
1940 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 16223 8 456
1941 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 16223 900 9 6d - 1s AWH 455
1942 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 10 Continuous 6d - 1s AWH 437
1943 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 10 Continuous 6d - 1s 6d AWH 442
1944 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 6 Continuous 6d - 2s 3d AWH 401
1945 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 6 Continuous 6d - 2s 3d AWH 447
1946 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 894 9 Tu We Fr + Sat from 5.45 - 2 shows Mo + Th - 1 Sun 6d - 2s 3d AWH 283
1947 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 9 Continuous 6d - 2s 3d AWH 297
1948 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 16223 900 9 Continuous 6d - 2s 3d AWH 310
1949 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous 10d - 2s 3d AWH 315
1950 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous 1s - 1s 10d AWH 305
1951 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 7 Continuous AWH 287
1952 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous AWH 285
1953 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous AWH 282
1954 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous RCA 269
1955 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 19220 900 8 Continuous RCA 262
1956 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 900 8 Continuous RCA 262
1957
1958-59 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 900 8 Continuous RCA 264
1960 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 900 7 Continuous RCA 290
1961 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 7 RCA 276
1962
1963 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 7 RCA 269
1964
1965 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 7 RCA 275
1966 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 3 RCA 265
1967 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 3 RCA 249
1968 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 3 RCA 240
1969 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 3 RCA 231
1970 Palladium (Durham) Ltd 20440 3 RCA 234
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