Throwback Thursday; The Closing of Palais Royale, by Amy Theodore / by Amy Theodore

source: The Herald

source: The Herald

Demolished in 2008 after being beaten down by the 1989 earthquake and the 2007 storms, the Palais Royale venue has certainly cemented itself as a cultural landmark in Newcastle, after being revitalised time and time again for almost 80 years. Starting off life as the Elite Skating Rink back in 1888, it underwent its first transformation to become the Empire Music Hall. But it wasn’t long before it was again renovated into its most iconic form in 1929, the Empire Palais Royale dance hall. A place where all walks of life came through the doors to listen to live jazz and dance bands and boogie the night away under the spectacular ornate ceiling. Quite literally dance the night away in fact, with some of the dance parties known to go on until four in the morning, with sometimes around 1800 people on the floor at once. Unfortunately, with the arrival of television and the growing popularity of RSLs and sporting clubs, attendance at the Palais Royale began to decline in the 1960s. It was reopened in 1979 as the Palais Royal Nite Club, but it seemed it simply wasn’t meant to be when it closed again in 1999. It was again reopened, this time as a youth centre, but still slipped in decay. The building was then approved to be restored and transformed into a series of apartments, but as the 2007 storms ripped through the city, it took the future of the Palais Royal with it. While the building may no longer stand, its mark on Newcastle’s entertainment history will forever remain.

source: The Herald

source: The Herald

source: The Herald

source: The Herald