The Electric Palace

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We have carried out alterations to provide disabled access, with Heritage Lottery support – The Electric Palace in Harwich, England, is one of the oldest working cinemas in the world. The cinema first opened its doors on Wednesday 29th November 1911, It was built by travelling showman Charles Thurston and designed by architect Harold Hooper.

The doors of the Palace finally closed in 1956. The cinema was then ‘rediscovered’ in 1972 as a derelict shell. Over the last 30 years members of the Electric Palace Trust and volunteers have managed – and continue to work – to fully restore a building which occupies a significant place in the history of UK cinema architecture. This is recognised by the cinema’s status as a Grade II* listed building.


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