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A bit more history

Found this link: http://www.thornegazette.co.uk/news/local-news/can-a-new-use-be-found-for-the-old-picture-house-1-622892 Nice to know it was on the market for £245,000 and I got it for £90,000 !

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Memories of the Kensington

Wonder if you knew that there was a café on the top floor.  It served afternoon teas and did functions.  My auntie had her wedding reception there in 1927 and my mother had hers there in 1940. I went to … Continue reading

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More History

Thanks to Ray Pemberton for sending me this snippet from the Thorne Grammar School Magazine Volume 3 number 27, Easter Term 1927. It will be of particular interest to Old Boys generally, and to those locally resident in particular, to know … Continue reading

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Memories…

A poem by John Lyne of Stainforth appeared in the Thorne Gazette this week. We think it’s great! Grand Designs It’s real name was the Kensington, but we just called it the flicks, And now they have ripped it to … Continue reading

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Then and Now

In many ways, this project is about the connection the building has with its past. Check out this video below which takes an image of the building now and fades in a picture of the opening day in 1927…   … Continue reading

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Terrazzo

Friday morning, me and Rich are in the hallway, and he kicks the dust (which is about an inch thick all over), and sees a weird pattern on the floor. He scrapes away more, and we realise we’ve found something. We … 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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