The Palace of Varieties Theatre was situated on the west side of Above Bar Street next to the Daily Echo offices. It was opened in 1872, and was, with the Hippodrome in Ogle Road, the most popular entertainment venue in the town. Stars appearing here included Harry Tate, Hetty King, Will Hay and Harry Champion. The theatre was virtually demolished in the Blitz of 1940 (image 2), and was pulled down in 1955. The rebuilt Daily Echo offices and more recently the entrance to West Quay shopping centre subsequently occupied the site.

1. Palace Theatre

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Photograph, c.1910

2. The Palace Theatre After Bombing

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Photograph, 1940

Further reading:
Southampton Reflections, by Jim Barnes, p3. (HS/h)
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p95-97. (HS/h)


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