Sandbach, CW11 1HJ
Date opened: Thursday 27th June 1929.
Date Closed: January 1974.
Original owners: Sandbach and Winsford Cinemas Ltd/ John Beech and Richard Smith.
Architects: Alfred Price and Sons.
Contractors: P. McEllin and Sons from Audley.
Final films shown: “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Mr Hopitty Goes To Town”.
Seating Capacity: 600.
The Palace Sandbach, opening on Thursday 27th June 1929 was designed by Alfred Price and Sons from Sandbach and was built on on the site that had previously housed a silk works and a wire works. The cinema was situated at the junction of Congleton Road and Green Street.
The exterior of the building was cement, finished in stone block pattern with a cornice and enrichments to the doors and windows. These were all in Portland cement. The work with plain interior plaster work was done by P. McEllin and Sons from Audley. The fibrous plaster proscenium front moulded vortices, circle front and ceiling decorations was done by J Alberto and Sons from Plymouth Grove, Manchester.
The owners were Sandbach and Winsford Cinemas Ltd. They also ran the Magnet cinema Winsford. The directors were a Mr John Beech and Richard Smith. It was constructed to present live entertainment as well as films. There were five dressing rooms, both male and female The cinema was barrel vaulted and the acoustics allowed for for patrons in the better priced seats at the rear and in the circle to hear every word from the stage without effort. There were several entrances and exits so different sections of the audience, paying different admission charges didn’t converge.
Seating was for 600 and was all tip up. Seating under the circle had semi tub tip ups and the circle tub tip ups. The Palace was equipped with the Holophane lighting system for the stage and flood lighting was installed.
Up in the operating box stood two Kalee 8 projectors which were supplied by E A Langrish and Company. The sound system was Western Electric.
In May 1973 bingo was introduced for part of the week. It was bingo for three nights and cinema for four. The first film to only run for four nights was “The Mechanic”, starring Charles Bronson running from the 20th May. At this time the hall was run by Broadway Entertainments Ltd, part of the Regent Group.
Advertising ceased in the Crewe Chronicle after the 3rd January 1974 edition. The films shown were”Hoppity Goes To Town” and “Gulliver’s Travels” , shown afternoons only. These were mistakenly advertised as Disney films.
Bingo was played in the evening. The buildings was demolished in 1984.
No further information can be found at this time.
David A Ellis ©chestercinemas.co.uk