Gaumont Palace Theatre – Taunton, Somerset.
Client : Mecca Bingo.
A Grade II listed art deco theatre on Corporation street in Taunton.
It was designed by the architect W.T. Benslyn, built in 1932, and like many old theatres in Britain today, it is now used as a bingo hall.
Steel work in the balcony had rusted and then expanded causing excessive spalling to the Ham Hill sandstone along the bottom of the balcony.
The defective stone along the bottom of the balcony was cut out and the steelwork prepared and treated. Additional stainless anchor bars were added and the balcony was repaired using a lime based sandstone repair mortar.
The sculptured panel above the centre window is titled:
‘Love and Life Entangled in Film’
by Newbury Abbot Trent who was used by Gaumont Theatres to embellish many of their theatres with reliefs.