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The London Palladium Theatre, Westminster

Description: The London Palladium Theatre

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 June 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 208546

OS Grid Reference: TQ2915281154
OS Grid Coordinates: 529152, 181154
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5146, -0.1401

Locality: Westminster
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: W1V 1AA

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Listing Text

28.6.72 The London Palladium

- II*

Theatre. 1910 by Frank Matcham, replacing Hengler's Cirque. Stucco, slate roof. 2
storeys and attic. 7-bay front in form of octastyle pedimented temple facade, the
centre 2 columns omitted for main theatre entrance approached by flight of steps with
double pairs of panelled and glazed doors sheltered by cantilevered glazed canopy;
the 3 centre bays above treated as open arcaded loggia. Outer bays have round arched
doorways with foliage enriched keystones and spandrel panels to 1st floor with
similarly arched windows, mask keystones and panelled aprons below boldly bracketed
sills. The giant Corinthian columns are fluted, on tall pedestals, full entablature
and overall pediment (with 3 oculi) surmounted by sculptured figure groups. Interior
unaltered and one of Matcham's finest - foyer and circle bar in French rococo taste;
richly decorated auditorium with classical and rococo details; 2 tiers of
cantilevered balconies run into 2 giant niches on flanks, that nearest stage with 3
tiers of boxes and single pedimented and bowed balcony stage boxes; architrave
mouldings flanking proscenium which has a segmented arched frieze and bold cornice on
paired brackets broken to centre by segmented pediment, on massive consoles,
containing cartouche and mask; ceiling has bracketed cornice and is segmental
vaulted with heavily enriched frame to lantern etc.

Survey of London; Vol. XXXI.

Listing NGR: TQ2915281154

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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