Heritage Open Days: Palace Cinema
18th September - 19th September 2020
Open 11am-2pm with Illustrated talks at 11.15am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm both days
Talks must be pre-booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditorium and foyer free to explore, no pre-booking required. Booking closes at 12.30pm on 19th September
A rare chance to see inside Broadstairs’ lovely old listed cinema without buying a ticket for a film!
*The Palace's two Heritage Open Days offer free access to the foyer and auditorium. We welcome limited visitors at a time to explore at your own pace (if necessary, the queue will be at the rear door, away from the road) and to book in advance by email for a 15 minute illustrated talks on the history of the Palace and other former cinemas in Broadstairs. We offer free history trail fact-finding and colouring sheets for children*
The Palace Cinema is a small independent grade II listed cinema with 111 seats over stalls and balcony. It was originally a 3-storey commercial building, bought by a historian who in 1911 had the middle floors taken out and re-designed it as ‘York Gate Hall’ to house his collection of armour. Three years later it was sold to the Town Council which for 50 years used it to store beach equipment and leased it out for puppet and film shows.
In 1965 the windows were boarded up and the 155-seat ‘Windsor Cinema’ was born! It has changed hands 3 times since then: the owners in 2006 installed digital projection, surround sound and large screen, and re-named it the ‘Palace’. Its current owners (since 2016) are restoring the building, researching its history and open 7 days a week welcoming visitors and locals to a wide variety of films from the latest releases to silent classics with live piano, from family shows in school holidays to special events for the local community