The Royal Palace Theatre -
”Lord” George Sanger built his Amphitheatre on the corner of High Street and George Street in 1883. Initially it was a circus building but was also used for opera and drama from its early days. The building was converted to a theatre in 1908 by Frank Matcham, a well known and prolific builder of theatres, and was renamed the Royal Palace Theatre. Films were also shown and in 1929 the theatre was equipped to facilitate talking movies. Films, variety and theatre continued until early 1961 when the last pint was pulled in Sangers Bar and the theatre was demolished along with the adjoining Sanger's Hotel.
This view is of Sanger's Hotel on the corner of George Street, but the striking façade continued down High Street and was complemented with eight female figures standing on pedestals holding ornamented gas lamps. Their number was later reduced (apparently due to prudish reaction) when six were removed to Sanger’s Hall by the Sea in Margate. As compensation to Lord George Sanger a subscription was raised as a result of which a portrait was painted of the man which hung in the Theatre for many years. The two remaining statues which were outside the main entrance were removed in 1939.
The façade continued as far as the present day Post Office building which now also accommodates shops at the front with the Post Office being relegated to the rear. Part of the façade still exists above the parade of shops next to the Post Office building.
This view shows the last of the eight statues and marks the extent of the Sanger's building in relation to the current Post Office building.
Lez, an ancient Ramsgateonian wrote:
Before the second world war, my youngest sister, myself and our parents, attended
a number of pantomimes at his theatre as a Christmas treat. We went to saturday night
performances in early February and I had bought the neccessary tickets for the Dress
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