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Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Palace Cinema Broadstairs
Formerly York Gate Hall It is just up the hill from the York Gate built by George Culmer in 1540. This cinema once held the armour collection of Sir Guy Laking. (Eminent armour expert, and son of the physician to King Edward VII), He holidayed next door at York Gate House, and adapted the hall to display his armour collection. He died soon afterwards and after his death in 1919, Broadstairs Town Council bought the building and swapped its use from storing armour to storing beach equipment!!
Before its rejuvenation into a cinema, the hall was let out for puppet shows during the 1950s and 60s.
But following the closure of other Broadstairs Cinema’s, it was converted to the 155-seat Windsor Cinema in 1965 and became a Grade II listed building in 1974.
Since then, the now 111-seat cinema has seen multiple owners and refurbishments.
At one stage it featured an illuminated cinema organ, before becoming the Palace Cinema in 2016.
It still survives today showing all new films in this small flint fronted building constructed in 1911 and uses the latest digital technology. The owners are carrying out research into the buildings history.


Rosalyn Hilborne, Marie-claire Gallet, Marije Aguillo, William Sutherland and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Champland club
Ca change des Mega Super complex
2 years ago.
Jean club
What a lovely little place. Must have given a lot of people pleasure over the years.
2 years ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
That;s an interesting building John and fascinating history of its use. I remember visiting a similarly sized small picture theatre in Whittlesea in the early sixties, Think it was showing a Norman Wisdom film at the time, great atmosphere too.
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Superb shot!

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2 years ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Bonita toma.
2 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
A nice history, John !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
How lovely. I would choose this over a multi-screen place any time!
2 years ago.
Ecobird club
What a dinky cinema John. Great history and a nice capture
2 years ago.

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