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Historic Palace Theatre damaged in fire

The blaze at the High Street building was finally put out just after 9pm

A blaze at a historic Swansea building has been put out.

Mid and West Wales fire service were alerted to flames and smoke at the listed Palace Theatre on the High Street just before seven o'clock last night.

Four fire engines an aerial appliance and a drone were at the scene before the blaze was put out at 9:10pm.

The theatre is privately-owned. 

 

The Palace Theatre was originally opened in the late 19th Century as a traditional music hall and once played host to stars such as Charlie Chaplin, while Welsh screen legend Sir Anthony Hopkins made his first professional appearance there.

It also survived the Blitz, which left much of historic Swansea in ruins. Its owners have left it derelict for many years although Swansea Council had made £75,000 available to the owners to carry out work there in 2014.

 

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