1 Fore Street,
Bodmin, PL31 2HT
I remember as a young boy during the 70s my Granddad took me to Bodmin cinema to watch a film put on by the Old Cornwall Society, the film was about Cornwall, I can’t remember much about the film, but I do remember it was in Black and White and at the time seemed very boring. I thought about this experience when I went to Bodmin last week to get my haircut.
Located on the corner of Fore Street and Crockwell Street, in Bodmin, Cornwall. The Picture Theatre was opened in 1911 with 300 seats. In the early-1920’s it was re-named Turrett Kinema, and in April 1930 it was equipped with an Edibell sound system. Soon after, it was taken over by a new operator and re-named Palace Theatre, and had a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system installed. Seating was now provided for 400.
Part-time bingo was introduced on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s in the 1960’s. The Palace Theatre was closed in the early-1980’s. It was taken over by an estate agent, and the front of the building was demolished in January 1988, it was occupied by Stratton Creber estate agents. By July 2015 they had moved out of the building and it is now a charity shop for Cornwall Hospice Care.
This week I heard that the sale of the Bodmin Public Rooms to Merlin Cinemas has been completed and to transform the existing building to a new multi screen cinema. The ambitious plans were given thumbs-up by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee. Work is now set to start on the interior and exterior of the 19th-century building in a project that would create 30 new jobs.