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old palace cinema banbury

Palace Theatre the Market Place Banbury.

Marjory Lester

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The Palace Theatre and Cinema Banbury.

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Next came the Palace Theatre Company. It was bought in 1923 by the Lester brothers, Strouds and James Friswell, from J.H. Blinkhorn and Norman Blinkhorn, who had run a cinema there for many years. The new owners had the old cinema pulled down and built a grand new theatre in its place. They used the best of everything, furnishing it luxuriously. The ceilings and walls were tastefully painted and had attractive light fittings which dimmed to a pleasant glow during performances. There was lush carpeting in the foyer, up the stairs and in the auditorium. Brass jardinieres with palms stood in the foyer and on the stairs. It was really much more comfortable than most of the patron's homes.