Monthly Archives: April 2011

The planning dept pt2

Ok, so yesterday we meet the planning department again and showed them for the first time our plans. Happily, they liked them! There are a number of points they are going to help investigate, and for us to provide more … Continue reading

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More history…

From a book about cinemas (sorry, forgot the name!)… Thorne had a cinema as early as 1912, the Picture Palace, which in January of that year entertained inmates of the Workhouse. In March, 1926 it was announced that the town … Continue reading

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The Original Electric PictureDrome!

Our friend, Lisa found this on a calendar from Thorne Gazette! It shows the original cinema that stood before the Kensington. Weirdly enough, the old front seems to mirror our proposed new back of the building – minus the clocks…

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Letter extracts from John Austin to his wife, Eveline.

Extract from a letter (undated) to Eveline from John Austin The Panatrope failed on Monday. It would not go at 6.15 so we sent for a pianist at 7.30 I tried it again and it acted so we sent the … Continue reading

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The History of the Kensington Picture House by Ken Austin

The Kensington Palace was opened on Monday 4″‘ April 1927. The site was previously occupied by a wooden picture house that was sold and removed to Snaith where it served many years as a garage. Doncaster Gazette made reference to … Continue reading

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Meeting Ken Austin

On 22nd March, Ken Austin came over with his lovely wife Anne, and his son, John. Ken (78 years young) is the grandson of the man who built the Kensington (Percy Austin), and son of the Manager, John Austin. Ken … Continue reading

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