1846 - 1992

A 'Palace' Timeline

BUILDING 1 1846 Inverbrothock Free Church is built. 1887 The church is badly damaged by fire. 1889 The church is abandoned by the congregation. They will be housed in a new church at Hopemount. 1890 (Jan 24) 'Seven Gables', as the old church was known, is re-opened as the 'New Victoria Hall'. 1901 (Sep 2) The 'New Victoria Hall' becomes the 'Arbroath Theatre'. 1903 By now the venue is known as the 'New Theatre'. ? - 1909 It carries the name 'Saint James Theatre'. 1909 - 1910 It is now the 'Arbroath Picture Hall'. 1910 - 1913 Purchased by George Joss Melvin (who dies in 1911) it is run as a bar until funds allow it to be re-opened as 'Melvin's Picture Palace'. The family performs as an entertainment troupe under the name of 'Melvin's Merry Mascots'. George Joss's son is G. S. Melvin, pantomime dame & comedian, whose daughter is Ruby Melvin (1909-1985) early stage name'Little Rube', a singer, actress & employee of the Herald Press. See pages '1967 & 2000'. 1913 Now named simply 'The Palace'. 1914 The building is demolished. BUILDING 2 1914 (Nov 9) Built on the site of 'The Palace', 'The New Palace' opens. 1916 JB Milne take ownership. 1917 Absorbed into SCVT. 1939 'The New Palace' closes & is demolished. BUILDING 3 1940 (May) 'The Palace Cinema' is rebuilt, the design by architect W. R. Glen & opens as 'The New Palace Theatre'. 1961 (Jun 7) Bingo sessions are introduced under the name 'Palais Bingo'. 1961 (Nov) Rocker Gene Vincent performs at the 'Palais de Danse'. 1963 (Oct) 'The Palace Cinema' is sold to JB Milne. 1969 (Aug 1) 'The Palace' (together with 'The Picture House') are offered for sale by J.B. Milne Theatres Ltd. 'early 1970s' 'The Palace' is sold to Kingsway Ent's. 1984 The Palace ceases being a cinema & becomes a full time bingo hall. 1985 (late) Border Movies Ltd become the new owners & reintroduce films on the balcony level only. 1988 The stalls area becomes a roller skating rink. 1990 'Palais Bingo' closes. Hillcrest Housing Assoc. buy the building from Granada Leisure. 1992 (Dec) The building is demolished. A housing development will replace one hundred & two years of James Street entertainment ( and a place of Christian worship during the preceding forty four years ).

New Vic Hall - Arbroath Theatre 1901

James Street in 1901 : this year the 'New Victoria Hall' becomes the 'Arbroath Theatre'

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