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The former Dance Academy in Plymouth: what should become of the Palace Theatre?

In your opinion, what should become of the Palace Theater? Concerns about the longevity of the building have been raised and the future of private ownership is in question. Let us know what you want it to become

If you’ve ever walked Union Street, you’ve probably witnessed the incredible building that is the Palace Theatre. But the dilapidated theater has sadly been vacant for more than a decade.

Union Street was once a popular nightlife spot. With a burgeoning military presence in the city and a party craze in the 90s that attracted notorious DJs, there used to be a wide assortment of venues for the crowds who took to the streets for a good night. These days it’s a slim choice for those looking for the same energetic night out – although The Depo’s recent opening once again drew massive crowds to Union Street.

The unfortunate history of the former Dance Academy club has already been explored by PlymouthLive crime reporter Carl Eve, where he unraveled the checkered history of the building and its owner. You can read the long story of how the historic building became the abandoned shell it is now underneath.

Read more : The Complex History of Plymouth’s Dance Academy

The owner of the former Dance Academy, Manoucehr Bahmanzadeh, also owns surrounding buildings, including the Great Western Hotel and the Phoenix pub, both in equal dismay.

MP for Plymouth Luke Pollard recently came out and publicly appealed to Mr Bahmanzadeh, saying he should hand over the buildings for restoration in an act of ‘civic generosity’ as there are serious concerns for the well-being of the Victorian building.

The area has seen regeneration projects breathe new life into Union Street. Did you notice a change in the busy street? We want to know what you think of the Palace Theatre. What would you like to see become of the historic building? Do you want it to change or stay the same? In theory, would you prefer it to be an apartment building again or a grand old theatre? Complete our survey below:

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