Photo essay - The Palace Theatre, Plymouth

With its elaborate Northern Renaissance style frontage in terracotta, the Plymouth Palace opened on 5 September 1898 as a music hall.

A serious fire occurred in December 1898, three months after the opening. The theatre was reopened in May 1899 and the auditorium reconstructed in a nautical style.

The Palace had a period of use as a bingo hall, then a dance academy. Its final incarnation as a nightclub came to an end in 2006 after a 5 month long police operation concerning the use of class A drugs on the premises.

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The Palace remained unused until May 2015 when GO! (Great Opportunities) Together negotiated with the previous owner and signed a lease on the building.

In the short term - up to 5 years GO! will be able to support its mission through the project to provide great opportunities in the area for people to get involved through volunteering, training, mentoring and much more through the restoration of the building. In particular GO! supports those who are marginalised, vulnerable and who need to be given extra support to get involved and gain confidence, self esteem and skills.

In the long term - 3 to 35 years GO! hopes to restore this iconic building back to its former glory which can be used by the arts, for theatre performances, events and much more. The building will be restored and used in ways in keeping with the charity's mission.

To find out more visit gopalaceplymouth.com

To support Go Palace Plymouth's crowdfunding campaign you can donate here -> crowdfunder.co.uk/gopalaceplymouth
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