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The Theatre Royal originally opened in 1866, designed by George J. Smith, and parts of this structure survive, although much was altered in a 1912 rebuild. It was used as a cinema from the early part of the 20th century up until 1932, never converting to sound films. From 1935 it was leased to an amateur theatre group – there is a covenant in place preventing them from exhibiting films.
Inside, the original horseshoe balcony and an upper balcony were removed in 1912 and replaced with the present single flat fronted balcony.
- Stage dimensions: Depth: 6.8m Width: 9.3m
- Proscenium width: 6.3m
- Height to grid: 7m
There is an attractive proscenium arch which was also installed in 1912. The theatre is owned and operated by the Workington Playgoers.
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