|The Rushden Echo, 16th September 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Amusement Hall for Rushden - “The Palace” To Be Opened Next Week - Well-Adapted Building
“The Palace at Rushden, which is now practically completed, is to be opened on Monday next. It has been erected on a portion of the site in High-street and Alfred-street formerly occupied by Messrs. John Cave and Sons, whose factory was destroyed in the great fire. The building adjoins Alfred-street, and entrances are provided therefrom and also from High-street. It is a plain, substantial building, admirably adapted for the purpose for which it has been erected. The promoters are the company who run the King’s Palace at Wellingborough, and the manager will be Mr. William Hewitt. Popular prices are to be charged for admission, the tickets being 2d., 4d., and 6d., each. The balcony is devoted to the sixpence seats, and will be numbered, and they can be reserved at an extra cost of 3d. It is proposed to have two houses nightly – at 7 p.m. and again at nine o’clock.
The Stage, which is at the Alfred-street end of the hall, is exceedingly spacious being about 40 feet wide by 20 feet deep. The front of the stage is picked out in fibrous plaster, moulded. The proscenium is about 24 feet wide. Footlights are provided in front of the stage. The artistes’ dressing-rooms are underneath the stage, and there is a scenery exit from the stage direct into Alfred-street.
The front seats, which, by the way, will be the cheapest, are entered from Alfred-street, the other seats on the ground floor and also the balcony being entered from the High-street by a long covered corridor, with an imposing front. The hall is capable of seating about 700 in all, from 180 to 200 seats being available in the balcony. The front seats are plain stained, the back seats and those in the balcony being plush covered. The flooring is boarded all the way through.
Electric light is supplied throughout by means of the company’s own dynamo, the installation being under the supervision of Mr. Leonard Hewitt. The average height of the roof is about 32 feet, and
is admirable, there being 13 inlet ventilators besides four outlets in the roof. The interior walls are all coloured in red distemper, with a green cement dado all round.
Three exits are provided at the north-end these emptying themselves into Alfred-street, and two other exits are provided, one at the east and the other at the south end, besides the stage exit. There are two fire-proof staircases from the balcony. The corridor is divided into two – one for entrance and the other for exit. A pay-box is provided at each entrance. The artistes’ dressing-rooms are well fitted up.
The engine, dynamo, and cinematograph machinery are all contained in a fire-proof building outside the main hall.
The heating apparatus is the work of Mr. J. E. Smith, of Higham Ferrers, and six radiators are provided, so that the building will be adequately heated. The hall is lighted in the centre by two large brass electric pendants. The scenery has been painted by Mr. G. Clarke Lockett, of Wolverhampton.
Mr. William Packwood, of Newton-road, is the contractor, the architect being Mr. F. E. Preston, of Rushden. The whole of the carpentering has been executed by Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin, of Queen-street, Rushden, and the painting and plumbing work was carried out by Mr. A. T. Nichols.
First-class musical artistes will be engaged from time to time. The artistes enter by Alfred-street and go straight to their dressing rooms and then direct on to the stage, so that the hall doors need never be opened for them.
Chocolates, sweets, &c., will be on sale during the performances, and smoking will be allowed in all parts of the hall.