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Palladium, Middlesbrough
Cinema Address:
61 Eastbourne Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6QN
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1928-1960
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
Architects Murray and Hurd of Consett - Proscenium Width 30ft. Circle and stalls. The first cinema in Middlesbrough to have a car park so show changes in mobility.
Other Info:
First planned in 1926 but delayed until after the sale of much of Thompson's empire to Denman/Gaumont. Site carefully chosen in the new Grove Hill estate with easy access from Beechwood, Linthorpe and Acklam. The first Middlesbrough cinema built for the era of the 'talkies". Opened 24th December 1928. Although Thompson was less involved in the business he was seen here regularly as it was only a short journey from his house in Linthorpe Road and must clearly have been a sign that although he had sold most of his empire to Denman he was still actively involved and looking forward.
It was the cinema that lead the way in the town to Sunday opening in 1946 ending with a public vote where 22,718 voted in favour and only 6.039 against.
in 1954 it was the first Middlesbrough cinema to be fitted with a Cinemascope screen.
Next door and still surviving (2015) are The Palladium Buildings, built at the same time as the cinema and containing, as well as shops, the head office of Thompson's cinema business and the registered office of so many of his companies for many years.
Fate of the Cinema:
With the decline of cinema attendance in the late 1950s outlying cinemas struggled more than most and the Palladium closed in June 1960. It was demolished and the site is a supermarket (2015)
Site Links:
Palladium Detail
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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/ Screen Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1929 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 131103 11 470
1930 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 131103 3 6d - 1s WE 433
1931 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 12 2 6d - 1s WE 0 447
1932 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 12 2 6d - 1s WE 0 478
1933 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 11 2 6d - 1s WE 0 506
1934 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 10 2 7d - 1s WE 0 526
1935 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 12 2 6d - 1s WE All 542
1936 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 13 2 6d - 1s WE 11 593
1937 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 12 2 6d - 1s WE 11 617
1938 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 13 2 6d - 1s WE 11 601
1939 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 11 2 6d - 1s WE All 537
1940 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 11 Continuous 6d - 1s WE All 505
1941 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 11 Continuous 6d - 1s WE All 503
1942 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 10 Continuous 6d - 1s WE All 480
1943 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 12 Continuous 6d - 1s 6d WE All 486
1944 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 10 Continuous 10d- 2s3d WE All 445
1945 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 11 Continuous 10d- 2s3d WE All 491
1946 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 780 12 2 + Mat Mo We Sa 10d- 2s3d WE All 328
1947 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 11 10d- 2s3d WE All 341
1948 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 138489 783 13 Separate Shows 10d - 2s 3d Proscenium width 30ft WE All 355
1949 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 13 Separate Shows 10d- 2s3d Proscenium width 30ft WE All 359
1950 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 14 Separate Shows 1s - 1s 10d Proscenium width 30ft WE All 349
1951 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 13 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE All 331
1952 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 13 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE 330
1953 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 13 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE 327
1954 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 14 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE 311
1955 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 144200 783 13 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE 303
1956 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 147272 783 12 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft, CinemaScope WE 303
1957
1958-59 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 14272 783 11 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft, CinemaScope WE 303
1960 Palladium (Middlesbrough) Ltd. 14272 783 10 Continuous Proscenium width 30ft WE 322
1961 closed
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