38 St. Martin's Lane,
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Opened on 24th December 1904 as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties, it was built for Sir Oswald Stoll and designed by famed theatre architect Frank Matcham. It was the largest and most luxurious ‘family’ variety theatre in London. Seating was in three tiers. orchestra stalls, dress circle, grand tier and balcony. It was the only theatre in Europe that provided lifts (elevators) taking patrons to the upper parts of the theatre. The Coliseum was the first theatre in England to have a triple revolve installed on its stage.
Variety shows continued until 1931 when it became home to big musicals and was known as the Coliseum Theatre. From 1947 it staged big American musicals such as “Annie Get Your Gun” (which ran for three years), “Kiss Me Kate”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Pajama Game”, “Damn Yankees”, “Bells are Ringing” and “Most Happy Fella”.
From 16th June 1963 it became the second of London’s three Cinerama Theatres, first showing the 3-strip version for the first 5 months, then 70mm single strip film was shown until 22nd May 1968 when it screened its final movie.
The theatre was then purchased by the English National Opera company, who produce opera, sung in English. In 2004, work was completed on a total restoration of the theatre.
The London Coliseum is designated a Grade II* Listed building by English Heritage.
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