Thomas Samuel Dickie-born 1855 lived at 15, Streatham High Road with his wife Elizabeth, daughters Gertrude, Ethel, Blanch and sons Albert and Ernest. (Source Census 1901)
Dickie was a Music Hall proprietor and he owned the Royal Standard Music Hall which originally stood on the site of the Victoria Palace Theatre. (Image 1 Courtesy John Culme of Footlight Notes)
Dickie was the last owner of the Royal Standard Music Hall who bought it in 1896. Two years later he had the place renovated and improved, reopening it on Monday October the 3rd 1898.
The Stage Newspaper reported on the reopening in their 6th of October edition saying:- 'After being closed for some time this popular music hall was reopened on Monday night, under, as before, the proprietorship of Mr. T. S. Dickie, and the management of Mr. Fred Law. Some alterations which have been effected in the hall are to its improvement.
Dickie sold the Music Hall in 1910 to Alfred Butt and this was the year that the Royal Standard, with the longest record of uninterrupted Music Hall and Variety performances in London, was demolished to make way for a brand new building called the Victoria Palace Theatre (Image 3)
The Stage Newspaper mentioned the closure and imminent rebuilding in their October 20th 1910 edition saying:-
..The Royal Standard, Pimlico, finally closed its doors on Saturday, and almost immediately builders will start pulling down and re-building the house, as Mr. Alfred Butt is anxious that the Victoria Palace shall rise up on the old site with as little delay as possible. On Tuesday, October 25, a sale will take place on the premises of the whole of the contents, which include seating, scenery, and a large quantity of bar fittings, lounges, and miscellaneous furniture. (Source The Stage, October 20th, 1910)