Survey Data

Reg No

40307010


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social


Original Use

Cinema


Historical Use

Community centre


Date

1945 - 1950


Coordinates

236648, 317177


Date Recorded

27/06/2012


Date Updated

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Description

Detached curved gabled-fronted three-bay former cinema, built 1947, later in use as ballroom, then community centre, now disused. Pitched corrugated asbestos roof with chimney to north-west gable, cast-iron rainwater goods. Smooth-rendered gabled front with a concrete coping composed of semi-circular apex over square shoulders and concave curves terminating over raised rectangular blocks. Blind oculus in moulded surround to geometric centre of gable over round-head central window at first-floor. Square-headed windows to outer bays at both floors. Windows with concrete sills and now boarded up. Square-headed entrance door with profiled stucco architrave and double-leaf doors. Roughcast rendered walls to rear and to sides. External steps to side elevation.

Appraisal

A large building situated at a strategic corner of Holborn Hill and Deanery Street, the former Palais Cinema occupies a prominent site in the urban landscape. Its delightful curved gable front is typical of cinemas of its time and makes an eyecatching contrast to the predominantly rectinlinear facades found elsewhere in the town. It is a reminder of a time when the cinema played an important social role in local communities, before the widescale ownership of televisions.