Theatre Royal

Roper Street,
Whitehaven, CA28

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The Theatre Royal opened in around 1769. It was rebuilt in 1909 to the plans of architect Albert Winstanley. It operated as a cine-variety theatre. The stage was 16 feet deep and there were five dressing rooms. In 1925, it was operated by Grand Empire Theatres Ltd, based in Glasgow. The films and variety acts were booked at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster. It seems to have screened its last silent film in around 1931, and was never equipped for sound films. Variety shows continued for a while.

Little else is known what happened to the building apart from it beinging demolished in 1976.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

This page has some additional history of the Theatre Royal, including a small, unfortunately rather blurred, picture of the interior around the time of its demolition: View link.

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