8-10 Union Street,
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Opened in February 1911 as a cine-variety theatre – equipped with a small stage – no flytower.
Seating was divided between stalls and single balcony and at some point the proscenium area was redesigned to allow CinemaScope.
It survived reletively successfully, seldom changing hands or closing, until 1995. It seems that major upgrading work to heating, toilets and disabled access were deemed not financially viable and the Grand Theatre closed and was converted into a social club.
The interior was ruthlessly and wantonly stripped out and replaced with a flat floored function room on the ground level with the blandest and dullest of designs. The former balcony was extended and turned into a bar.
The function room folded within months and is now used as a preparation area for vegetables! What a waste.
The Buccaneer Bar continues upstairs.
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