The Palace Cinema, Clifton Street, Lytham opened in 1930.
Coming to the interior one enters the circle from doors on the left and right, and
it is from these points that the full beauty of the interior is instantly
The main features of the side walls are painted sphinxes on the
dados, and two Main panels at the front of the balcony to represent a desert scene.
The same theme is predominant right, round the auditorium under the balcony, while
over the proscenium is a beautiful sculptured and coloured frieze representing a
quiet desert. scene. It depicts the Arab merchants with their camel transport.
halted at an oasis in the golden sands.
A mass of colour in the most courageous style brings into
the auditorium the spirit of Egypt . All the colours are true to the Country
- barbarous and regal, and eminently stated for it palace of romance.
Five Colours of Seats.
The seating merits a special word and is of the latest style and
is in five colours, so that there are no two seats together of the same shade. and
when viewed from a particular angle the blue, flame, grey, orange and brown are
seen in diagonal lines across the auditorium or the balcony. It is very effective.
Soft, thick carpets cover the entire floor.
Steel has played a great. part in the construction of the
cinema. The balcony and ceiling are entirely constructed of this metal, the ceiling
being artistically panelled. It is believed that this is the second balcony only in
England to be constructed in steel. The most modern type of electric lighting has
been used consisting chiefly of tubes and beads of glass descending from glass
friezes and concealing three coloured lights at the top. These lights illumine the
glass tubes which gleam from top to bottom. Thaw coloured lighting is used
throughout, the auditorium.
Acoustics as Clear as a Bell.
As the theatre has been built for sound its acoustic properties
are perfect, and the reproduction on the Western Electric sound system is, like the
Winter Gardens, Blackpool, installation, " the best you'll hear." No modern theatre
is complete without its lounge and cafe, and in this direction the Lytham Palace is
charmingly served. The tea-room and lounge are situated immediately over the
entrance and can be easily reached from either stalls or circle. The tea-room has
an outlook over Clifton Street; and is approached from the luxurious foyer by three
steps flanked by electric fountains.
In addition to the theatre's own hooking office, in the main
hall, there is a special booking office for all the Blackpool entertainments with
which the Lytham Palace is associated, namely, the Grand Theatre, the Opera. House,
Winter Gardens, Palace, Tower, Cirrus and Tower.
Engaged in the Building.
The Palace is, as a building, a work of construction which
reflects the utmost credit on all the firms who hate combined to bring it into
existence. Unlike ordinary business premises it has many special features calling
for the highest skill of the best craftsmen. and they have done their work in very
The firm of Messrs. John Sutcliffe and Sons. Ltd., builders, of
the Electric Saw Mills, St. Annes, were the 'unit' contractors, doing the
excavating, draining, concreting, brickwork and the joinery, including the shop and
main entrance fittings, which have been exquisitely done in walnut.
Another well-known St. Annes firm to be associated with the work
is that of Fred Stork, 37, St. Andrew's Road South, who specialises in French
polishing and cellulose finish (with electric spray). The beautiful fibrous plaster
decorations at the Palace are the work of the old-established firm of J. Alberti,
Ltd., 153, Plymouth Grove, Manchester. They are modellers, sculptors and
The front elevation is carried out in the vitreous and
Polychrome faience supplied by Shaw's Glazed Brick Co., Ltd., of Darwen. The effect
is singularly artistic and charming. The plumbing work was in the bands of the St.
Annes firm of Messrs. W. E. Russell and Co., who make a. speciality of this very
important department in building construction. Fire protection equipment has been
installed by Clark & Vigilant Sprinklers, Ltd., the well-known experts in
fire protection, by the means of automatic sprinklers, hydrants, curtain drencher,
and hand appliances.