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 Grand Theatre (later 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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