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    Arrow The Palladium Cinema, Hockley, Birmingham April 2011


    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.







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    The stained glass window in the peely paint surround and the ornate plasterwork are totally gorgeous. Some fab details and shots there, T. Excellent stuff. :)
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    VERY impressive pictures. Well done!

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    Great pics TKT :) the old pay phone is cool!
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    Some great photography their and a nice time-warp find...:):)

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    Great, love the metal work on them rows of seats and that 60s wallpaper in the 6th shot is class

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    WOW! Epic find! Would love to see this!

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    Really love this!

    Fantastic photos!

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