The Palladium Theatre was built in 1920. It replaced Llandudno’s first market hall, which was built on the site by the Llandudno Market Company in 1864.
The theatre, designed by Arthur Hewitt, had 1,500 seats in the stalls and two balconies. It had its own orchestra, offering a blend of drama, variety, musical comedy and ballet. One of its most famous stars was Gracie Fields.
For many years after the Second World War it functioned principally as a cinema. In 1972 it was split, with a bingo hall occupying the stalls area and a 600-seat cinema above. In 2001 it was converted by JD Wetherspoon into a cavernous pub which still retains many of the original features of the theatre.
With thanks to John Lawson-Reay, of Llandudno & Colwyn Bay History Society
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