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Latitude: 53.2479 / 53°14'52"N
Longitude: -3.1376 / 3°8'15"W
OS Eastings: 324191
OS Northings: 372927
OS Grid: SJ241729
Mapcode National: GBR 6ZJW.JF
Mapcode Global: WH76S.SM3F
Entry Name: Palace Social Club (former Plaza Cinema)
Listing Date: 11 September 1995
Last Amended: 11 September 1995
Source ID: 16407
Building Class: Recreational
Location: Almost opposite Council Offices.
Community: Flint (Y Fflint)
Built-Up Area: Flint
Traditional County: Flintshire
Built 1936-38, as cinema; architect S Colwyn Foulkes.
Brown brick front has 5 framed grilles, three middle are square with reliefs of music-making allegorical figures (Pan, Merman, Angel); these 3 flanked by rectangular grilles, and smaller unframed vents (similar vents to returns where brown brick continues for approx 4 metres). Above canopy is deep frieze band. Centrally-set entrance doors with horizontal glass panels. Each corner of front has small shop. Sides and rear in common brick, simple openings.
1930s interior largely complete apart from removal of screen and stalls. Entrance lobby has polygonal pay-box, and green and white tiled floor. Step up to foyer with asymmetrically coved ceiling, stairs to each end to balcony. Auditorium has undulating acoustic ceiling. Over proscenium reliefs of signs of Zodiac; to each side, 3 columns with horizontal ribbing. Side walls curve back (emergency doorways), then break forward curving round beneath balcony; at lower level, horizontal banding, at upper level low-reliefs symbolic of entertainment eg clown, trumpeter, athlete. Curved balcony front with brass rail, balcony seating, brass handrails to stairs etc.
Included as fine example of 1930s cinema with particularly interesting interior.
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