Monday, 23 February 2009

QUEEN'S PALACE



THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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In the images above, the glass-domed building was named Queen’s Palace. It opened in 1902 and was closed down five years later after a big fire.

Queen’s Palace was a privately-owned four storey entertainment complex comprising a theatre, ballroom, fairground sideshows, zoo with a monkey house, and many other features.

You can see that the top of the dome had a tower from which sea and surroundings could be observed even as far as Snowdon and Isle of Man on a very clear day. To your left of the building was a shopping arcade.

After the fire, Queen’s Palace was replaced by the dome-less Grand Theatre / Futurist Cinema upstairs, and there was an indoor roller skating rink on the ground floor.

In the 1920s this complex was redeveloped as Queens Theatre & Ballroom, and from 1960 onwards it has been Queens Market.

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WED 17th JAN 2018 UPDATE: If you wanted just the one picture of Queen's Palace, the following might fit the bill. Incidentally, the word palace in this context does not indicate anything palatial - it is merely an abbreviation of Palace of Varieties, i.e. a variety theatre.

Palace of Varieties

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