Plymouth Palace

One of Plymouth's finest surviving Victorian buildings, which could make a viable music or community venue, in an area targeted for regeneration.

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Address
121 - 123 Union Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3NB
Risk Rating
9 (risk rating: 3. star rating: 3. community rating: 3.)
Local Authority
Plymouth City Council
Owner
Manochehr Bahmanzadeh
Architect
Wimperis & Arber
Date of Construction
1898
Listing
Grade II*
Capacity
Estimated at 1,400

Significance

Plymouth Palace is a Victorian building of outstanding architectural quality. It was built for the Livermore Brothers to a design by Wimperis & Arber. Originally called the New Palace Theatre of Varieties, it played host to a multitude of acts. Externally, it is decorated with Art Nouveau tiles depicting scenes of the Spanish Armada. The nautical theme continues inside with plasterwork featuring ships’ lanterns, shields, swords, flags and wreaths. The Palace is not in a central location, but in an area targeted for regeneration. The city is well served with theatres, but the Palace could be viable as a live music venue or community venue including theatre.

Why is this theatre at risk?

The Grade II* listed Plymouth Palace has lain empty since 2006. Significant investment and repair work is required.

Current situation

The long-term leases on Plymouth Palace and the adjoining hotel property were acquired by GO! (Great Opportunities) Together. The organisation, a youth support charity, began the process of restoring and repairing the building, but pulled out of the project in early 2017. However, there is still substantial community interest and support for bringing this building back to life and a desire by both Historic England (which features the Palace on its Buildings at Risk register) and the council to see the theatre restored and reopened.

Image: Plymouth Palace, Theatres Trust