The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

The New Palladium Picture Theatre on Ebrington Street

The New Palladium Picture Theatre on Ebrington Street had started life off as a roller skating venue to take advantage of the new craze from America in the Edwardian era. But with the advent of moving pictures, there was huge demand to turn halls and theatres into cinemas. These also with their seats and stage made perfect venues for political parties to hold their meetings. It helped that Ebrington Street was on a busy tram route and at the heart of Plymouth's commercial centre. By the way there were two cinemas on Ebrington Street and The New Palladium Picture Theatre should not be confused with the Cinedrome which would later be an outdoors shop by the name of Goulds.

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