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Latitude: 51.6275 / 51°37'38"N
Longitude: -3.9413 / 3°56'28"W
OS Eastings: 265726
OS Northings: 193860
OS Grid: SS657938
Mapcode National: GBR WSB.9N
Mapcode Global: VH4K9.MCS6
Entry Name: Palace Theatre
Listing Date: 3 November 1980
Last Amended: 30 March 1987
Source ID: 11585
Building Class: Recreational
Location: Occupying a triangular site bounded by High Street, Bethesda Street and Prince of Wales Road.
Community: Castle (Castell)
Built-Up Area: Swansea
Traditional County: Glamorgan
1888. By Bucknall and Jennings, architects of Swansea. Opened as Swansea Pavilion and later The Empire Music Hall. Converted to cinema 1908 (People’s Bioscope Palace).
Tall 3 storey Baroque block, red brick with Bath stone dressings, slate roofs, 4-storey circular tower at apex (stage end) now without dome, square towers with curved pavilion roofs to 5-storey Bethesda front. Circled S angle has top storey with attached Ionic columns to aedicules, linked entablatures and pedestals supported by triglyph cornice, banded facings. Linked 1st and 2nd floor corner windows under open pediment with carved surround to oculus, volute brackets and keyblock to main stringcourse over keyblocked and rusticated doorpiece.
71/2-bay High Street elevation with parapets over main cornice with triglyph frieze, giant Doric pilasters (banded to outer bays), ashlar facings to linked window surrounds, pediments, keyblocks; swagged apron to right, oculus to left. Cornice over banded ground floor with rusticated arched window and door openings.
9 bay elevation to Prince of Wales Road has similar detailing, but with tower bay splashed back above openwork parapet and urn.
Brick Bethesda Street front has twin pavilions, Ionic pilasters, pediments and ornamental French platform roofs.
First-floor auditorium known to retain two steeply raked balconies curving round close to proscenium without stage boxes. Balcony fronts in form of open ironwork balustrades, small wedge-shaped stage and small proscenium.
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