The New Palace Theatre - Saturday February 15th 2014
BE THE FIRST TO DISCOVER THE GHOSTLY SECRETS OF THE NEW PALACE THEATRE IN PLYMOUTH
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
Location: Union Street, Plymouth, England
Paranormal Investigation Event Times: 20:00 - 02:00
Date: Saturday 15th February 2014
Facilities: Hot & cold drinks, and light snacks will be available free of charge throughout the evening. No alcoholic drinks are permitted or served during the course of this event.
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The New Palace Theatre - History
The Palace Theatre was built in 1898 for United Counties Theatres Limited and Horace and Lechmere Livermore at a cost of £95,000 replacing the Palace of Varieties at the nearby St James Hall which had been in operation since 1866. The site was originally occupied by a tobacconist, butcher, provision dealer and even a boot maker.
The building was originally designed by William Arber of Wimperis & Arber from London. The development included an adjacent hotel which cost a further £85,000. The theatre was first opened on Friday 2nd September 1898 for a private viewing, the specially invited audience were entertained by the Royal Naval band, and a variety of other acts including the Princess Ladies orchestra and comedian Harry Comlin. The show ran for nearly three hours.
On the morning of 23rd December 1898 a fire was spotted at the Theatre by a passing Police Officer. By the time the Fire Brigade arrived, the rear of the building had been completely destroyed. Parts of the auditorium had also been badly damaged due to the fire curtain not being lowered after the previous show. It took five months for the theatre to be rebuilt, and it finally re-opened on 22nd May 1899, under the new management of Mr James Wynes.
The building changed hands a couple of times during the years to follow before being purchased for a second time by Mr Thomas Hoyle in 1924. In 1932 the Theatre was handed over to his widow following his death, Mrs Mary Hoyle then ran the theatre during the war years, and in 1941 the theatre was hit by several incendiary bombs. Fortunately the fires were extinguished quickly and no signifianct damage was done.
The Theatre has changed hands many many times, becoming a bingo hall, a evena strip club, but in 1975 the building was bought by the EMI group and once again reopened as a Theatre with a performance of “The Magic Flute” performed by the English Music Theatre Company.
In 1983 the New Palace Theatre closed its doors for the last time as a theatre house. Some of the stars that stood on stage at this magnificent building included Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and event Harry Houdini.
In 1983 the Dance Academy was opened on the site, and by this time the New Theatre Royal had been opened in Plymouth laying to rest any thoughts of the Palace ever opening as a working Theatre again. In 1994 after an unsuccessful bid for government funding to refurbish the building it was sold to an Iranian businessman who renamed it the Dance Academy, which soon became one of the UK’s top night club venues, before it again closed its doors in 2006. Since then this magical building has fallen into a state of disrepair waiting for its next revival.
There have been many reported sightings of ghosts at the Palace theatre over the last few year. The most frequent report being that of a female ghost who has been seen roaming the upper levels. She is known as Mary, as is thought to be the spirit of Mrs Mary Hoyle one of the many formers owner during the 1930’s and 40’s. She has been seen by several workmen that are currently refurbishing the building.
Another reported sighting has been that of a small girl seen in one of the stairwells. Unfortunately there are no further details on who this child could possibly be. The theatre is presently being refurbished, and there are still reports of unexplained incidents almost everyday!
In December 2013 the GPS team carried out the first ever paranormal investigation of this amazing location, spending the entire night there, investigating all areas of the disused theatre. The team experienced several inexplicable events, including the sighting of an apparition, and ghostly footsteps.