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Palace Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Swansea

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11585

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Occupying a triangular site bounded by High Street, Bethesda Street and Prince of Wales Road.

County: Swansea

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Locality: Swansea

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

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).

Exterior

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.

Interior

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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