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The theatre was designed by noted theatre architect Frank Matcham. Designed in a French Renaissance style. The proscenium was 28ft wide and the stage 40ft deep. It was built for William Holland and the Winter Gardens Company and was part of the Winter Gardens complex, which also contained the 1,seat Winter Gardens Theatre later Pavilion Theatrethe huge Empress Ballroom and a large cafe, a Spanish Hall plus bars and many other indoor entertainment rooms.
Init went over to big stage productions after the adjacent Pavilion Theatre in the Winter Gardens complex went over to screening sound films. It was demolished apart from its facade and part of the side-walls.
Sandy - Dion - Sandy / Faith auditorium is in a stunning Art Deco style, similar to cinemas being built at that time. There are a series of troughs across the ceiling and down the side-walls which contain concealed lighting.
Seating is provided in orchestra stalls, dress circle and balcony levels. The proscenium is 45 feet wide and the fully equipped 60 feet deep stage can be used for full scale major productions. There are sixteen dressing rooms on five levels.
The console is located on the left of the orchestra pit on a lift and the organ chamber is located beneath the stage. The Opera House presented spectacular Summer shows for the holidaymakers, Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Choy-Choy-Hoy-Toy / Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean (Shellac) films were screened on Sundays, a day when live performances were forbidden.
On 13th Aprilthe Opera House became the first theatre ouside London to host the Royal Variety Performance, and a special Royal Box with a canopy above, was constructed on the right had side wall of the auditorium. Also inthe theatre was equipped to screen CinemaScope films and the projection box was fitted with BTH Blackpool projectors. The theatre was restored inand in January-Marchthe Wurlitzer organ was fully restored and regular organ concerts were begun in February In Augustit was announced that the Winter Gardens Opera House would be equipped with 4K digital projectors with 3D capabilities and a new screen and sound system.
Although it will remain a live theatre, films will again be screened when it is not in use as a live theatre. Also planned is to use the building for film premieres, and live broadcasts of opera, ballet, sporting events on the big screen. In January the Winter Gardens Film Festival was held, screening vintage and modern film classics. More history, memorabilia and photographs of the Opera House here: View link Further similar information here: View link. My Son Keith works at the Blackpool Opera house back stage he has done for 18years.
The organ concerts have actually been in full swing since and are still in full swing now. There is also a new organ being installed in the Empress Ballroom, which was originally home to a Wurlitzer up till the late 60s. Login or Sign up. Open Showing movies. Contributed by Ken Roe. Recent comments view all 5 comments. Ken Waiting For Robert E.
Lee - Horace Finch - At The Organ Of The Empress Ballroom on February 9, at pm More history, memorabilia and photographs of the Opera House here: View link Further similar information here: View link. Denise on April 3, Blackpool am My Son Keith works at the Blackpool Opera house back stage he has done for 18years.
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