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Opened as a live theatre on 1st June 1903, the Opera House was designed by the pre-eniment theatre architect Frank Matcham and remains one of his most charming creations. There are fine examples here of Art Nouveau stained glass, plasterwork by interior designer De Jong, and Edwardian dressed stonework.
By 1948 it had become a cinema operated by Buxton and High Peak Entertainments Ltd. and this arrangement lasted until the mid-1970’s when the cinema closed for a sensitive restoration as a live theatre.
The projection box, which is situated in the top balcony (a separate level level continuing up from the Upper Cicle), remains as a lighting and sound control box.
Films are no longer screened here. A further redecoration and restoration was completed in 2001 in readiness for its centenary celebrations.
It is designated a Grade II* Listed building by English Heritage.
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