Blackpool: Grand Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
Historic County: Lancashire
City: Blackpool
Location: Church Street

Built 1894 by Frank Matcham for the theatre director Thomas Sergenson. Opened 23 Jul 1894 with Shakespeare's "Hamlet". 1910 auditorium extension and alterations. Since the 1920s, used as a premiere theatre by London West End producers. Since the 1930s, used as a cinema during winter seasons. Later used as a bingo house. Demolition plans in 1972. Saved by a citizens' initiative. 1977 interior refurbishment by John Wyckham (while still used as a bingo house). 1980-1998 major restoration, addition of a studio stage. Re-opened as a theatre in March 1981. Currently run by a Trust, used as a theatre for touring productions. 1215 seats

Link:, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

[Blackpool: Grand Theatre] Front Text: "Grand Theatre", inscriptions on building: "Grand - Art - Grand Theatre", signs over entrances: "Dress Circle - Grand Theatre - Grand Theatre & Opera - Box Office"
Publisher: Rull, Austin & Co. Ltd., London
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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