Save The Palace Theatre


Save The Palace Theatre

A group of volenteers interested in saving 156 High Street, Swansea.
'The Palace Theatre is a building located at the northern end of High Street, Swansea, Wales, recognisable for its distinctive wedge shape.

Occupying a triangular site at the northern end of Swansea High Street, stands a tall three storey Baroque block, red brick building - a former Music Hall and Variety Theatre that has played host to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Lillie Langtry and Marie Lloyd. 

The Palace Theatre opened in 1888. It survived the blitz, became a temporary morgue, was the first venue in Wales to screen a silent movie, served as the setting of an Iris Gower trilogy, became a notorious gay night club in the early 80s and Dance venue in the 90's.

It is now sadly derelict and decaying. '

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Location: Swansea City
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2017

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Comment by Stephen Donnelly on April 29, 2016 at 23:54

Positive news / update on progress:

As of February 2016 we have constituted as Friends of The Palace Theatre Swansea, a voluntary group with the stated aims:

To explore the restoration opportunities and protect The Palace Theatre (Swansea) from further decay and help to ensure the building’s survival for future generations.

To engage with Swansea Council and Landlords / Owners of The Palace Theatre, working in partnership with them and other organisations to ensure the building’s survival and it is restored to a safe usable condition; our aspiration is that renewed public uses and facilities can be re-established in the building.

To network and skill share with similar organisations focused on building and community regeneration Swansea, in Wales and the UK.

We contacted the owners to extend our ongoing support for the regeneration of the building.

The owners replied that the urgent works on the building have been undertaken and completed, that the building was weather tight.

They stated that they are working with the council and other agencies to deliver a sustainable re-use of the building with the intention to incorporate elements which will have great benefit to the community and play a part in the regeneration of the High Street area. This has all been confirmed by Swansea Council.

Congratulations and a big thanks to everyone who has helped us raise awareness across the city regarding the plight of the Palace Theatre, your ongoing interest has been crucial over that last few years to help push the powers that be to step in and halt The Palace's decline and will be vital to ensure the building is returned to use in the future.

Comment by Stephen Donnelly on October 7, 2014 at 7:38

Continuing our series of interviews from the Palace....

Mat Hutchinson, an ex-dj who run the once renowned Yum Yum Club which filled the historically rich building with life back when it was open.

Comment by Stephen Donnelly on September 30, 2014 at 9:53

Part 2 in our series of interviews with people with links to The Palace Theatre, we interviewed Sian Stuttard, an ex-clubgoer of the almost mystic abandoned theatre. 


Comment by Stephen Donnelly on September 24, 2014 at 10:27

Part of a series of films from Save The Palace Theatre Swansea.

Interview with Keith Milward, the last man to direct a theatre production in the Palace Theatre; Follies by Stephen Sondheim.
The first and last production in 41 years to be put on at the Theatre during the last of the club years in 2002.

More interviews coming soon.

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Comment by Steve Grey on September 18, 2014 at 22:08

Miracles do happen, even in this day and age, and I'm sorry to be a cynic but I think you have a lifetime's work ahead of you to resurrect the Palace.

Go for it!


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