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Basic Site Details

Name: People's Palace Theatre
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 'We understand that alterations and extensions will be made upon Poole's Palace Cinema. At present it has seating accommodation for 1,174 people. It will, when reconstructed , accommodate about 3,000. The cinema has been surveyed to this end, and Mr C T Marshall, Newcastle, architect is in the process of drawing up plans, which will be submitted for the approval of the local authorities shortly.' [Builder 5 September 1930, p401]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Empire PalaceYes 
Item 2 of 2Poole's Palace Cinema  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Theatre  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Bridge PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 217 December 1896  Plans passed for rebuilding
Item 2 of 219301931Alteration/conversionConversion to cinema


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 5John RustArchitect 18961898Rebuilding
Item 2 of 5Charles Thomas MarshallArchitectA19301931Drew up plans for conversion to cinema. It appears that the job went to Chadwick Watson & Co.
Item 3 of 5Marshall & TweedyArchitectural practiceA19301931Drew up plans for conversion to cinema. It appears that the job went to Chadwick Watson & Co.
Item 4 of 5William TweedyArchitectA19301931Drew up plans for conversion to cinema. It appears that the job went to Chadwick Watson & Co.
Item 5 of 5Chadwick Watson & CoArchitectural practiceC19301931Took over job from C T Marshall. Rebuilding


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2County Cinemas 
Item 2 of 2Poole 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Earl and Sell2000Guide to British Theatres, 1750-1950 Londonp3
Item 2 of 2www.scottishcinemas.org.uk www.scottishcinemas.org.uk Scottish Cinemas website and database 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architect and Building News1930July-Dec p311
Item 2 of 5Architect and Building News1931Jan-June p290
Item 3 of 5Builder25 December 1897   
Item 4 of 5Builder5 September 1930  p401
Item 5 of 5Builder17 April 1931  p729

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes 17 December 1896
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent June 2009
Item 3 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Graham Potts via website


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