Winter Gardens

The Promenade,
Bridlington, YO15

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Winter Gardens Taken July 1973

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The Winter Gardens Cinema opened as a live theatre, the Colisseum, in 1922. The Colisseum Theatre was short-lived and its name was changed to Winter Gardens and operated as a cinema. It had a stage 40 ft deep and had 6 dressing rooms. The proscenium was 30ft wide. It had a restaurant in the circle foyer and a billiard hall under the stalls.

During the 1960’s in the summer months, the cinema showed mostly roadshow films and was full to capacity especially during the rainy days of summer when the holidaymakers and day trippers wanted to get out of the rain. “The Sound of Music” ran for two consectutive summers 1966 and 1967.

The cinema closed in 1988, the billiard hall was a nightclub. The building was found to be unsafe and was completely demolished in 1991.

Contributed by John Farrar

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John Farrar
John Farrar on August 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

Summer Season Roadshows- (alternate weeks, June to mid September)
1966- The Sound of Music / Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
1967- The Sound of Music / A Man for all Seasons
1968- Thoroughly Modern Millie / The Happiest Millionaire
1969- Star! / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1970- Oliver! / Battle of Britain
1971- Cromwell / Waterloo / Anne of the Thousand days
1972- Fiddler on the Roof / Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Ian on August 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Photo of the façade here:–

Auditorium block (I think not the stage end) here:–

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